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.


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.


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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. 


daniel dentino canisiusDaniel A. Dentino, PhD is vice president for student affairs and dean of students. He is responsible for providing leadership and vision in administering a comprehensive range of programs and services for students and fostering a campus culture that promotes student engagement, achievement, and collaboration.  In his role, he oversees the ALANA Student Center, the departments of Athletics, Campus Ministry, International Student Programs, Public Safety, Student Counseling Services, Student Health Services, Student Life, and Study Abroad and International Partnerships and the Griff Center for Student Engagement collaboratively with the vice president for academic affairs. Dr. Dentino joined the college in 2019.  He previously held leadership roles at Wheeling Jesuit University, University of Saint Mary,  Bethany College and Ave Maria University.


Ian Day CanisiusIan S. Day is vice president of enrollment management. He is responsible for leading the implementation of the college’s comprehensive enrollment management plan and provides strategic leadership for undergraduate and graduate recruitment, retention and student financial aid. Day joined Canisius in 2018. He previously served as the chief enrollment officer at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.



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.