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D’Youville is governed by The President's Council, consisting of the president and college administrators, and the 26-member Board of Trustees who handle corporate duties and set policies for D'Youville College.

Welcome Letter from Lorrie Clemo, Ph.D., President of D'Youville College

I want to personally welcome you to D’Youville College, a historied place of learning with an exciting future. We offer students of all ages an approach in connecting you to your own individual career and life goals. D’Youville was named one of the best higher education values in the nation and a place where students will earn some the highest earnings post graduation of any college in Western New York State.

As an institution, we stand on the shoulders of tradition while embracing the value of diversity, opinions, and the exploration of new ideas and research. D’Youville offers a transformative education with a difference: Every student is our most important student. Our focus is to support you every step of the way and help you succeed regardless of whichever degree or program you choose.

We are proud of our strong faculty, staff, and exceptional student body, as well as the surrounding community where we offer a vital educational, economic, and cultural resource. Located near the heart of Buffalo, we are proud to be in a city experiencing a business and cultural renaissance and believe, much like the city’s turnaround, in making the impossible possible.

If you’re in high school, looking to transfer, take online classes, have served our country or are an international student, D’Youville is here to help guide you towards the opportunities you seek. We offer students of all ages a rich college experience, from undergraduate, graduate, to doctoral studies, traditional and nontraditional, credit and noncredit courses.

We encourage you to take the next step, come and visit our campus or contact one of our advisors today to learn about over 54 areas of study. We’re here to help.

As your new President of D’Youville College, ask me anything you wish, my door is always open.

Lorrie Clemo, Ph.D.

Lorrie Clemo Biography

Dr. Lorrie Clemo is the 15th president of D’Youville College. She joined the College in January 2017.

Dr. Clemo served most recently as provost and vice president of academic affairs for the State University of New York at Oswego. While at SUNY, she drove first-time initiatives and brought substantial recognition to the university, as well as built strategies crucial to improvements in student learning and career opportunities, funding, faculty development, international student engagement, and program innovation.

A distinguished educator and community leader, Dr. Clemo has more than 25 years of experience teaching undergraduates, conducting research, and serving the community.

As president, Dr. Clemo envisions advancing D’Youville’s time-tested mission of providing academic, social, spiritual, and professional development in programs that emphasize leadership and service.

A proponent of highly-collaborative environments and partnerships promoting quality in teaching and landmark educational opportunities, Dr. Clemo has executed initiatives of benefit to faculty and students, with enhancements including business co-op partnerships, international education and research, internships, expanded STEM programs, and new graduate degree and certificate programs, in addition to grant-writing incentives and faculty development opportunities.

Driven to provide relevant higher educational opportunities to students, Dr. Clemo has spearheaded the design of a new general education curriculum and campus-wide assessment to ensure continuous improvement in academic excellence and student performance.

At SUNY, Dr. Clemo led the development of a college attrition program among local middle and high schools, supplying university student mentors and creating an early-college program. She managed the application for a new graduate education center, expanded online education, and sponsored summer immersion programs designed to engage high school students in laboratory research.

Dr. Clemo’s involvement with student-centric offerings extends to the inception, development, and launch of the international Global Laboratory Program, a STEM research abroad opportunity created with alliances among institutions in South and Central America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Dr. Clemo has held numerous leadership appointments, including President of the NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative Association, Vice Chair of the New York State Sea Grant Institute’s Executive Committee and Board of Governors, World Association of Cooperative Education Board, American Council on Education Executive Board, Council of Fellows Board and Finance & Development Committee, and On Point for College Executive Board.

Dr. Clemo is the recipient of the David Knight Leadership Award from the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Dream Maker Award and Campus Angel Award from On Point for College, the Pac-Asia Educator Excellence Award, Community Leadership Award from the NY Turkish Cultural Society, and the Outstanding Faculty Award from the Non-Traditional Student Association at SUNY Oswego.

Among other distinctions, Dr. Clemo has published a significant body of work on classroom learning, diversity, civic participation, and other topics. She has lectured at the NCAA Leadership Conference, National Science Foundation, American Colleges & Universities Annual Meeting, and other educational and athletic conferences.

Dr. Clemo has been the principal investigator or co-principal investigator for more than $12 million of funding from the U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation, and various other foundations.

Dr. Clemo earned both her PhD in Political Science and Master of Arts in Political Science, Public Administration and Policy Analysis, from Binghamton University in Binghamton, NY. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY.

She and her husband, Steve Nicolais, live in Buffalo, New York and have four grown children.

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President Lorrie Clemo
Dr. Lorrie Clemo, 15th president of D'Youville College

President's Council and Board of Trustees

President's Council

John Bray
Director of Public Relations

Mr. Bray joined D’Youville College in 1984 as Director of Institutional Advancement after serving in the same position at the University at Buffalo Foundation. Previously, he was Radio & TV Director in the UB News Bureau. He was named Director of Public Relations at D’Youville in 1988 and continues in that position today.

Prior to his career in education Mr. Bray was News Director at WUTV Television where he developed their news operation shortly after the station signed on.

John Bray


Kathleen Christy is responsible for all fundraising activities from private sources and alumni for the college. She joined the College in January 2013.

Prior to joining D'Youville, Christy was the Executive Director of the BISON Children's Scholarship Fund, Inc., a tuition assistance program for low-income children (K-8th grade) to attend a private school of choice, a position she held since 2001.

She held the same position at the Western New York Grantmakers Association, a collaborative community of philanthropic individuals and organizations.

Christy was also the Regional Marketing Coordinator for the Private Clients Group of FleetBoston Financial Group and served as Director of Development for the Buffalo General Medical Center.

She is the founding member of Girls on the Run of Buffalo and chaired their board for two years. Christy is a member of the St. Amelia School Home School Association and a member of the School Board.

She is a graduate of the College of Saint Rose in Albany.

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 Kathleen M. Christy


As Chief Fiscal Officer he is responsible for the fiscal management of D'Youville College and oversees related financial and business offices.

Prior to joining D'Youville he was Vice President and Dean of Administration at Jamestown Community College where he also served as Executive Director of the College Foundation.

He was Vice president of Institutional Advancement at Canisius High School, Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations at the United Way of Buffalo for 16 years and was a Senior Financial Administrator for Erie County.

Garfoot served as an adjunct professor at Erie Community College, Niagara County Community College, Canisius College, and the University at Buffalo.

A graduate of St. Bonaventure University, he holds an MBA from Canisius College and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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 John Garfoot


Dr. William Mariani comes to D’Youville after serving as President of Erie Community College in Western New York. Dr. Mariani’s career spans experience in the private, public and academic sector. He spent 10 years with AM International Consultants, Inc. and Bell & Howell, and served as a professor in the School of Management at Erie Community College and in the Department of Business at D’Youville College. He was the founding Dean of the Division of Community Services, has presented at numerous conferences, and consulted on a variety of projects.

Dr. Mariani is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, where he received his BBA and master’s degree, and of D’Youville College where he received his Ed.D. He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys his family and friends.

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 William J Mariani


Butch Murphy began his career at D’Youville College in August of 1976, direct from his graduate program in Organizational Communications from the University at Buffalo. Starting out as the director of student activities, over the next 12 years he assumed additional responsibilities in the areas of auxiliary services and student affairs. In March of 1988 he became Vice President for Student Affairs at D’Youville and continues to wear that title today. Since 1988 the student affairs area has grown to include multicultural affairs, international student relations, and has expanded the athletic program into the NCAA Division III, while maintaining the areas of residence life, the health center, personal counseling, student activities, campus ministry, career services, the College Center, and orientations through D’Youville’s student resource center, Connections.

In June 2003, Butch added on the title Vice President for Enrollment Management and assumed responsibility for graduate and undergraduate admissions, as well as financial aid. This area has also grown and now encompasses veteran’s affairs, international admissions, marketing and the college website.

A native of Western New York, Butch has been married to his wife Karen for 36 years and they have two sons, Ryan and Andrew and a daughter Jorja.

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 Butch Murphy


Arup K. Sen, Ph.D. was named vice president for academic affairs in April of 2011. In this role, he is responsible for educational planning, implementation, program evaluation and the supervision of academic activities for all college programs.

Dr. Sen joined D'Youville College in 2002 as a faculty member. Prior to his current appointment, he served as interim vice president for academic affairs. During his tenure at DYC, he has also served as chairman of D'Youville's Department of Business; director of the graduate business and director of the ADVANCE program.

Previously Dr. Sen was director of research and planning at HSBC Bank and founder and president of Marketing Decisions Group, Inc., a professional consulting organization specializing in strategic and marketing planning, marketing research, and direct response marketing.

He was a frequent lecturer at University at Buffalo, School of Management.

A graduate of the University of Calcutta, India and Hampton University, he received his master's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and his Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo.

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 Dr. Arup Sen

Board of Trustees (Officers)


John Amershadian (2012)
President & CEO, Hodgson Russ LLP

Charles (CJ) Urlaub (2012)
Mercy Hospital of South Buffalo
Vice Chair

Kathleen Lawley Best (2008)
Director, Organizational Development/Communications, Lawley Insurance

Board of Trustees (Members)


Robert Bennett (2016)
Chancellor Emeritus, NYSED

Jodene Vrana Cunningham (2013)
President, DYC Alumni Board

Melinda Disare (2009)
Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC

Gil Farkash, M.D. (2013)
Chief of Service, OB/GYN
Kaleida Health

Gretchen Fierle (2015)

Mary Hoffman (2015)

Timothy Kane (2013)
Merrill Lynch/Kane, Fasanello Group

Sister Mary Karen Kelly (2011)
Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart

Kevin Klotzbach (2008)
Senior Vice President/Treasurer
Financial Institutions, Inc.

Sister Jean Liston (2015)

Dr. William Mariani (2016)
Interim President
D’Youville College

Sister Mary McCarrick (2015)
Diocesan Director
Catholic Charities of Buffalo

Brenda McDuffie (2009)
Buffalo Urban League, Inc.

Dale McKim, III (2012)

Stephen Mercurio (2015)
The McGuire Group

Carl Montante, Sr. (2010)
Uniland Development Co.

Sam Pascia (2015)
International Sales Executive
Vesuvius Canada, Inc.

Jamel C. Perkins (2011)

Gary Quenneville (2013)
WNY District President

Wayne Redekop (2008)
Mayor, Fort Erie, ON

George Schlemmer (2011)
Industrial Power & Lighting Co.

Trustees (Emeritus)

Paul D. Bauer (2009)
Andrew Dorn (2016)
Dr. Edwin A. Mirand (2009)