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College Leadership

Ivy on the outside of Bauer Family Academic Center

The President's Council consists of the president and college administrators. The Board of Trustees is made up of 26 board members who handle corporate duties for D'Youville College and as a result set broad policies that govern the institution.

President & Board of Trustees

DR. William J. Mariani

Dr. William J. Mariani was appointed to the position of interim president of D’Youville College upon the retirement of Sister Denise A. Roche in June 2016. Mariani, an accomplished educator and businessman, had previously held the position of vice president for administrative services and external relations at the college.

Mariani was born and raised in the city of Lackawanna, N.Y. He earned his undergraduate degree in business administration from St. Bonaventure University in Olean, N.Y., in 1971 and returned to the university to receive his master’s in educational administration and supervision in 1982. In 2007, he earned his doctorate in higher education leadership from D’Youville College.

In addition to his more than twenty years of progressive experience in higher education, Mariani’s career has spanned both the private and public sector. He has seen success as a small business owner, presented his educational philosophies at numerous conferences, and proven his leadership and organizational skills as a consultant and international trainer.

As a leader in education, Mariani has progressed through the academic sector, both as an educator and administrator. Previous to his appointment as a vice president at D’Youville, Mariani served as president of Erie Community College in Western New York and held positions as a professor in the school of management at that college and as professor in the department of business at D’Youville.

While at D’Youville, Mariani has served on the President’s Council as the college has vigorously met the changing obstacles of fluctuations in enrollment, evolving fiscal demands, and proactive adaptation to new student demographics. Mariani has embodied D’Youville’s mission of leadership and service through dedicated community service and involvement, philanthropic endeavors, and professional affiliations.

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message from the president

Dear Student,

Congratulations!  You made the right decision to visit D’Youville College for your educational needs.  D’Youville, founded by the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart in 1908 and named for their patron Saint Marguerite d’Youville, has a mission that emphasizes leadership and service.

As a first step, schedule a meeting with a D’Youville College Admissions Counselor to tour the college campus and meet the faculty. Short on time? Take a virtual tour on the college web site. Either way, don’t miss the opportunity to be introduced to a “family of thinkers and doers working together for the greater good.”

At D’Youville, under the guidance of nationally recognized faculty, you will master the skills necessary for a competitive career. You will also learn how to think critically, work with others, be a leader, and communicate effectively. 

Schedule your visit!  See you on campus!

Dr. William J. Mariani
Interim President

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 M. Christy
Vice President of Institutional Advancement

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

John Garfoot
Vice President for Financial Affairs & Treasurer

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

Robert P. "Butch" Murphy
Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management

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 Sen, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs

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 trustee (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)

Dr. William J. Mariani, interim president of D'Youville College
Dr. William J. Mariani, interim president of D'Youville College