As Hurley put it, Stoute has the “enthusiasm” and drive to “think big,” traits that every leader needs these days, especially given the challenges facing Jesuit Catholic colleges. As Hurley observed: Fourteen transitions are expected among 27 Jesuit colleges within two years, likely producing 23 lay presidents, more and more women and people of color. This, he says, is “a far cry from 2010, when I was among the five lay presidents of Jesuit colleges.”
University and college officials have had to devise new ways to attract and retain students, increase endowments, and survive among the legion of choice in a technological age where online institutions are increasingly prevalent. .
Hurley should be commended for showing true leadership. He made tough decisions in order to keep Canisius afloat as enrollment dwindled and a projected $20 million deficit loomed. He had to lay off many employees, including several professors, and cut some university programs. The actions were met with anger and frustration, but Hurley did not charge his successor with the task.
Indeed, Hurley was central to Canisius and in his leading role in the Movement to Restore Trust, which he, his wife, Maureen, and other lay Catholics formed in the wake of the abuse scandals. sex in the Diocese of Buffalo.