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.
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.
Dr. Sara Morris was appointed as the interim vice president for academic affairs in 2019. She is a professor of biology who previously served as the associate vice president for academic affairs from 2015 to 2019 and as co-chair of the biology department from 2011 to 2015. With an impressive record of scholarship, academic leadership and program development, Dr. Morris serves as 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 directly oversees the three academic schools of the college, the Bouwhuis library, the assistant vice presidents for academic affairs, the associate dean for diversity and inclusion, the director of mission & identity, and the director of institutional research and effectiveness. Dr. Morris has been a dedicated member of the college’s faculty and administration for more than 20 years.
Daniel 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 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.