Denise Rotondo, Canisius’ Dean of the Wehle School of Business, has recently been named as one of the most influential women in Western New York, according to Business First’s Power 125 Women list for 2019.
According to the online article about this year’s list, the business women such as Rotondo are selected by the editors and reporters at Buffalo Business First based on the staff members’ “observations and opinions” and that one of the many reasons that Business First highlights these women is their ability to ignite economic, social and cultural growth in their communities.
Rotondo said that after graduating from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in finance, she went to work at a bank in Tampa. Eventually, she went back to school at Florida State University for her Masters in Business Administration, followed by a PhD in Organizational Behavior.
Rotondo said that she then started her career in education as a professor at Salisbury University in Maryland and worked her way up to the position of Associate Dean at the school.
Before long, she caught the attention of Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C. where Rotondo said that she spent eight years as the Dean of the School of Business and three years as the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. From there, Rotondo said that she ended up at SUNY Geneseo as the dean of their business school and that part of the work that she did there was getting their business programs to start participating in the CFA Research Challenge.
This is where Rotondo said she first heard about Canisius, and the more that she learned about the school and the Wehle School of Business, the more interested she was in coming here. Rotondo also said that the biggest pull for her was the particular strength in Canisius’ economics and finance departments, as well as the wide array of both undergraduate and graduate programs that are offered as part of the business school.
Rotondo also spoke about her love for the growing city of Buffalo and how amazing it is to have such active alumni, which is especially crucial in the business world, she said.
When asked how she would describe herself, Rotondo said that she is passionate about business education and that she tries very hard to improve the business school as much as she possibly can. She tries to leave a school better than she found it, which she thinks that she has done so far in her life, said Rotondo. Also, Rotondo said that she is a strategic thinker which has helped her a lot in her career.