Wednesday, October 21, 2009

New Canisus College President Is Not A Jesuit

John J. Hurley, a onetime downtown attorney who returned a dozen years ago to his alma mater as a top administrator, was named today as the first lay president of Canisius College.

He succeeds the Rev. Vincent M. Cooke, who will retire after 17 years as head of the college founded by the Jesuit order in 1870.

The board of trustees selected Hurley as the college's 24th president at a meeting Monday and the decision was announced this morning at the Montante Cultural Center on campus.

"My task in the months and years ahead is to put this entire campus community on the same page and to go out and get the job done," Hurley, 53, said at the well attended news conference, before quoting a line from the movie "Apollo 13": "Failure is not an option."

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