Board of Trustees

The Canisius College Board of Trustees is the governing body of the college. It is comprised of thirty-five trustees of whom at least five are members of the Society of Jesus. Members are appointed to three-year terms. The full board meets four times per year and oversees, formulates, and recommends policy to the Canisius College president to ensure that the college fulfills its mission and purpose. As fiduciaries of the college, they are accountable for the academic quality, strategic planning, and fiscal well-being of the college.  The college's senior leadership team works closely with the board and serves as staff liaisons to the board’s committees.

Members of the Board of Trustees for 2017-2018 include:

Teresa M. Amabile PhD, '72
Baker Foundation Professor; Harvard Business School, Boston, MA 

Judy A. Bassanello '83
President of the Alumni Association
Vice President; Citigroup, Inc, Getzville, NY

Sylvia A. Bennett 
Senior VP of Development & Corporate Communications; WNED, Buffalo, NY

Martin J. Berardi  
CEO; Schutte-Buffalo Hammermill, Buffalo, NY

Rev. Michael G. Boughton, S.J.
Assistant for Formation, Maryland and Northeast Provinces of the Society of Jesus; New York, NY

Rev. John T. Butler, S.J.
VP for University Mission and Ministry; Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

Edward Burke Carey, '69
Chair of the Board of Trustees
President; Carey Realty Investments, Inc., Columbus, OH

Joseph J. Castiglia '55, HON ‘94
Emeritus; West Falls, NY

Rev. David S. Ciancimino, S.J. 
President; Canisius High School, Buffalo, NY

John R. Connolly '72
Executive VP/Chief Financial Officer; Tecomet, Inc, Wilmington, MA

Mark J. Czarnecki MBA '91
President & Chief Operating Officer; M&T Bank, Buffalo, NY

Thomas R. Emmerling '75 

Managing Partner; Dopkins & Company LLP, Buffalo, NY

Michael A. Ervolina, Jr '79
President; Valu Home Centers Inc., Buffalo, NY

Rev. Philip A. Florio, S.J.
Pastor & Superior; Old Saint Joseph’s Church, Philadelphia, PA

Richard N. Gilbert, Jr MD '84
Urologic Surgeon; WNY Urology Associates, LLC, Cheektowaga, NY

Anthony B. Habib ‘95
Former President & CEO; Petri Baking Products, Silver Creek, NY

Bernd G. Heinze '78
President & CEO; Heinze Group, LLC, King of Prussia, PA

Rev. D. Scott Hendrickson, S.J.
Assistant Professor of Spanish; Loyola University, Chicago, IL

John J. Hurley ‘78  Ex Officio
President; Canisius College, Buffalo, NY

Rocco J. Maggiotto ’72, MBA ‘79
Director and CEO; PWRcierge LLC, Pelham, NY

Robert H. Maloney ‘71
Founder and Principal; Maloney Government Relations, Washington, DC

Anthony M. Masiello ’69, HON ‘96
President;  Masiello, Martucci, Calabrese and Associates, Buffalo, NY

Joseph D. McDonald
President & CEO; Catholic Health System, Buffalo, NY

Michael J. Montante ‘91
Vice President; Uniland Development Co., Amherst, NY

David J. Nasca ‘79
President & CEO; Evans Bank NA, Hamburg, NY

Rev. Leo O’Donovan, S.J.
President Emeritus of Georgetown University;
Director of Mission, Jesuit Refugee Service, New York, NY

Ronald A. Raccuia '90
President; ADPRO Sports, Buffalo, NY

James E. Sherwood, PhD '68
Retired Executive Dean/Campus CEO; Suffolk Community College, Lincoln, NE

Rev. Thomas R. Slon, S.J.
Rector; Canisius Jesuit Community, Buffalo, NY

Rev. Michael F. Tunney, S.J.
Rector; Fairfield Jesuit Community, Fairfield, CT

Cynthia E. Vance  
Partner; Jensen, Marks, Langer & Vance, LLC, Buffalo, NY

Lawrence J. Vilardo '77
United States District Judge; Western District of New York, Buffalo, NY

Nancy W. Ware '78, MBA '85 

President; EduKids, Inc., West Seneca, NY

Lee C. Wortham '79
Chief Operating Officer and Partner; Barrantys, LLC, Buffalo, NY

Officers for the 2016-2017 Canisius College Board of Trustees

Lee C. Wortham ‘79

John R. Connolly ‘72
Vice Chair

Marco F. Benedetti, CPA
Vice President, Business & Finance/Treasurer, Canisius College, Buffalo, NY

Erica C. Sammarco ‘00
Associate Vice President, Assistant to the President, Canisius College, Buffalo, NY