Fr. Tunney is rector of the Jesuit community at Canisius, a professor of fine arts and founding director of studio art at Canisius. He left his academic positions to serve in his new role, which began August 1.
As director of mission and identity, Tunney’s primary responsibility will be to ensure that opportunities are available for Canisius faculty, staff, alumni and trustees to learn about and deepen their understanding of the institution’s Catholic and Jesuit identity, its educational mission and their part in fulfilling it. He will also develop programs, activities and university-wide policy and procedures that promote the spiritual formation of the campus community, further the university’s Ignatian traditions, and advance the Jesuit mission, especially in the service of faith and the promotion of justice.
“I look forward to working with all the people and constituencies of Canisius College,” Tunney said about his new appointment. “Engaging in conversations and actions with them on matters of faith, reason, justice and leadership in our world today will be transformative for all of us.” [Canisius College]