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Brian Murphy ’95 Elected Chair, Board of Trustees

The Canisius University Board of Trustees elected Brian M. Murphy ’95 chair of the institution’s governing body. Murphy will serve a three-year term, effective July 1. The Board of Trustees formulates and recommends policy to President Steve K. Stoute, JD.

“I am deeply honored to be elected chair of the Canisius University Board of Trustees,” says Murphy. “As an alumnus of this esteemed institution, my dedication runs deep and I am committed to leveraging that passion, along with my professional and community leadership experience, to uphold Canisius’ legacy while embracing opportunities for the future.”

Murphy is partner at Lawley LLC, a full-service, independent insurance agency founded 65 years ago in Buffalo, NY. He oversees the growth, service and operations of Lawley’s Employee Benefits division, which is comprised of more than 130 employees.

Murphy earned a marketing degree from Canisius University in 1995 and has since remained a loyal and engaged alumnus. Most notably, he served five years (2014-19) as a member of the Canisius University Board of Regents, an advisory group to the university president. Murphy is also a past member of the Richard J. Wehle School of Business Advisory Council, served as a guest speaker for the “How to Be a Great Leader” speaker series, hosted by the university’s Center for Professional Development, and is former co-chair for the institution’s Blue & Gold Gala.

Click here to read more about Brian Murphy ’95.

Submitted by: University Communications

President’s Innovation Fund

Just a reminder that today, May 1, 2024, is the final day to submit proposals for the President’s Innovation Fund. Decisions will be made by May 31 and grant funding will be dispersed beginning September 1.

Canisius President Steve K. Stoute announced on February 8, 2024 that the university will invest $1 million dollars over the next five years towards the creation of a competitive grant program designed to “unleash the power of innovation.”

The President’s Innovation Fund supports original and inventive concepts and practices that have the potential to advance Canisius University’s strategic agenda and achieve verifiable positive outcomes for students.   Using this criteria, Canisius faculty and staff can submit proposals for funding.

The idea for the President’s Innovation Fund originated in 2023 when Canisius invited alumni and donors to make unrestricted gifts to the institution, in support of initiatives that had the greatest potential to move the university forward.  Canisius constituents responded in remarkable ways, such that their investments culminated in this new grant program. 

Submitted by: University Communications

Golden Griffin Guarantee

Canisius University President Steve K. Stoute is announcing the Golden Griffin Guarantee, a promise that students will complete a bachelor’s degree in four years (eight semesters), or tuition for up to an additional 15 credit hours is free.

Students enrolling in the fall 2024 semester, and thereafter, are eligible. Students must maintain full-time, consecutive enrollment during all four years, sustain good academic standing and progress successfully toward their degrees.

Watch the video (above) to learn more or visit the website.

Submitted by: University Communications

Reminder: Conservation Biology Poster Session

Please remember to visit the conservation biology poster session on Thursday, May 2, from 10:00 – 11:20 a.m. in the Science Hall atrium. You’re sure to learn something new and help the environment too!

Submitted by: Sue Margulis, Professor, ABEC and Biology

End of Semester Checklist

It’s coming up to the end of the semester again. Here are some actions you should take by the week after grades are due:

You can click here to view the COLI Checklist page, which has further resources.

Want a quick walk through of the checklist? Check out the End of Semester Checklist Overview Video!

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, Instructional Designer, COLI