Monday, October 24, 2011

Canisius needs a Veep of Academic Affairs

Canisius College, a Catholic, Jesuit university, is seeking an outstanding leader to serve as its next vice president for academic affairs. Nominations and expressions of interest in the position are invited. Canisius espouses the Jesuit principles of excellence, service and leadership and strives to educate the whole person. This is an exceptional leadership opportunity for an individual with the talent, energy, and experience to bring creative and entrepreneurial leadership to the institution and to play a meaningful role in shaping its future.

The VPAA reports directly to the President, Mr. John J. Hurley, recently appointed as the institution’s first lay president, and serves as a key strategic member of the senior leadership team. The VPAA will work closely and collaboratively with other senior leaders to develop initiatives to enhance the overall student experience and lead the college into a new era. Direct reports to the VPAA include the three academic deans, the executive director of professional studies, the associate vice presidents for academic affairs, for library and information services, and for academic affairs and registrar, the dean of admissions, and the director of community-based learning.

Canisius’ outstanding programs are distinguished by experiential learning opportunities that transform the mind and spirit through a core curriculum steeped in Jesuit ideals with a strong emphasis on the liberal arts and critical thinking. Canisius seeks candidates who possess an engaging, innovative and entrepreneurial leadership style coupled with a vision for academic excellence that appreciates the balance between traditional liberal arts and market-driven or online programs. The VPAA will also demonstrate strong analytical and administrative skills, as well as a significant record of teaching and achievement. The full leadership profile is available at: Canisius Profile.

Founded in 1870 by the Jesuits, Canisius is a comprehensive university of 5,100 students offering more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs taught by 468 exceptional faculty. Consistently ranked among the top master’s universities in the North by U.S. News & World Report Canisius is also recognized among the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category. The college’s urban campus is located in Buffalo, New York, a city rich in history, tradition and culture. More information about Canisius may be found at:

Nominations, confidential inquiries or applications are invited and may be sent to We are also happy to have discreet conversations with those who have questions or would like to learn more and can be reached by calling Jane Courson at 508-257-0109 or Jon Croteau at 585-662-5403.

We greatly appreciate any suggestions you may have and thank you in advance for your assistance.


Jane Courson
Jon Derek Croteau, Ed.D.


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