Honoring the Presidency of John J. Hurley

July 8, 2022

BUFFALO, NY - More than 500 of President John J. Hurley’s closest family, friends and supporters gathered at the Atrium@Rich’s on May 6 to celebrate his 25-year legacy at Canisius College.  

President Hurley announced early this year that he would retire from the college on June 30, after serving 12 years in the leadership position and 13 as vice president of college relations and general counsel.  He is currently the longest tenured president among Western New York colleges and universities. 

Hurley reflected on this distinction during his evening remarks. 

“ .. My work here over the past quarter century has been truly vocational,” he said.  “It is borne out of a deep and abiding love and respect for what this college has accomplished and what it has meant to so many thousands of graduates and their families, and the people of this community.”  He continued, "We've had pressures over the past decade but Canisius continues to stand tall and strong, and we are so blessed with loyal alumni and benefactors who have made so many things possible."

Hurley concluded, "May God bless each one of you and may God continue to bless our beloved Canisius College.”

Click here to view a video tribute of President Hurley.