Zack ’00, MS ’04 Back at Alma Mater
New director of alumni engagement has long history at Canisius




Canisius welcomed Erin (Lawless) Zack ’00, MS ’04 back to campus as the new director of alumni engagement. 

Zack started her career at Canisius as assistant director of donor relations and special events, responsible for the development, management and execution of the college’s high-profile events for alumni and donors. She earned both her undergraduate degree in psychology and criminal justice and her master’s degree in student personnel administration from Canisius. 

In her new role, Zack is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction towards a comprehensive, vibrant and sustainable alumni engagement program. Charged with actively involving graduates in the life of the college, Zack plans to expand the breadth and depth of alumni programs by emphasizing career development, student recruitment and mission-driven programs. 

”As a two-time graduate of Canisius College I’m thrilled to be embarking on this fantastic opportunity,” she said. “I’m particularly excited about building strong and tenable relationships with my fellow alumni and learning from them how Canisius can best serve them, and in turn, how they can serve the college. My relationship with the college has come full circle now as I will provide leadership and guidance to the institution that began instilling those essential skills in me over two decades ago.”

Zack returns to Canisius from the University at Buffalo (UB) where she was associate director for alumni engagement, managing all facets of the university’s signature alumni events, including homecoming.  She similarly provided leadership to the UB Alumni Association Board of Directors and its 30-plus local and national chapter leaders and volunteers.  

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