Steve Stoute Starts His Presidency

July 1, 2022
President Steve Stoute

Buffalo, NY - Steve K. Stoute, JD, the 25th president of Canisius College, ushers in a new chapter in Canisius’ 152-year history. Formerly vice president for strategic initiatives and chief of staff at DePaul University in Chicago, IL, the Board of Trustees named him as John J. Hurley’s successor in February of this year.  He officially began his term on July 1, 2022.  

Stoute joined DePaul, the largest Catholic university in the United States, in June 2018 to serve as chief of staff. He also has served as vice president for strategic initiatives since June 2020. In his role, Stoute served as the university president’s senior advisor. His responsibilities included facilitating the implementation of the university’s strategic plan, leading transformative institutional projects, as well as serving as administrative liaison to the Board of Trustees on key executive and strategic matters.

An attorney, Stoute previously worked as an associate specializing in corporate and securities matters at Dechert LLP in Philadelphia, PA. His higher education experience includes work at Princeton University, first as an assistant director of the Princeton Varsity Club in the Department of Athletics and later as a capital giving officer in the Office of Development. He was the life skills coordinator in the Department of Athletics at the University of Southern California.

Born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, a dual-island Caribbean nation, Stoute immigrated to the United States in 2000 to attend Seton Hall University in New Jersey. At Seton Hall, Stoute competed on the men's soccer team and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in business administration. After completing the prestigious NCAA postgraduate internship, he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he completed a master's degree in exercise and sport science. He earned a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.