Senior Leadership Team

The senior leadership team at Canisius College includes President John J. Hurley, five chief administrators who oversee the key functional areas of the institution, and the president’s associate vice president.

Margaret C. McCarthy, PhD, is vice president for academic affairs. She is the chief academic officer responsible for ensuring excellence in the more than 100 major and minor academic programs offered by the college and supporting faculty scholarship and student achievement. She oversees the college's three primary academic units: the College of Arts & Sciences, the Wehle School of Business and the School of Education and Human Services.  Dr. McCarthy's direct reports include the associate vice president for academic affairs, the director of mission & identity,  and the director of institutional research. Jointly reporting to both Dr. McCarthy and and the vice president of student affairs are the assistant vice president and director of the Griff Center for Student Engagement and the director of study abroad and international partnerships. McCarthy has been a dedicated member of the college’s faculty and administration for more than 30 years, during which time she has held a number of key roles.  She was named to her current position in 2015. 

Marco F. Benedetti, CPA, is vice president for business and finance. Benedetti is responsible for all financial and administrative functions of the college, including finance, audit, facilities, human resources and business services. He works closely with President Hurley to formulate the institution’s overall fiscal strategies and serves as liaison to several Board of Trustees committees. Benedetti has been with Canisius since 2013.


William M. Collins is vice president for institutional advancement. Collins oversees all advancement functions at the college, which include fundraising, alumni engagement, marketing, college communications, creative services and web services. He also serves as Canisius’ chief development and external relations officer. Collins joined the college in 2014. 


Erica C. Sammarco is associate vice president and assistant to the president. Since 2010, Sammarco has served as the chief administrative support for the president and is responsible for the coordination of strategic planning and special initiatives originating from the president’s office. She serves as secretary to the college’s Board of Trustees and the school corporation. Sammarco joined the college in 2005 as the director of corporate and foundation relations.