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Dean's Medal for Outstanding Service

The Dean’s Medal for Outstanding Service was created by former Dean Selim Ilter to honor the exemplary and sustained contributions of individuals in their service to the School of Business. Outstanding service to the School includes involvement in advisory boards, mentoring, fundraising, community relations, accreditation, and more.

2018 Recipient

Daniel J. Burns

President of the Rochester Division, Senior Vice President, M&T Bank Corporation

Dan Burns, president of the Rochester division and senior vice president of M&T Bank Corporation, and member of the College’s Board of Trustees, was given the Dean’s Medal for Outstanding Service. The award honors the exemplary and sustained contributions of individuals in service to the College and the School of Business.

After M&T's first bank acquisition in Rochester in 1990, Burns relocated to this community, where he worked his way up from branch manager to business banker to business banking manager. For the last 13 years, he has been regional president responsible for large corporate clients, commercial real estate clients, and oversees the bank's charitable foundation. He has played a crucial role in implementing the successful execution of the vision of the late Bob Wilmers, M&T's longtime CEO, helping to grow the institution from the 4th largest bank in Buffalo to the 12th largest bank in the country while maintaining a long standing commitment to their communities.

An active member of the community, Burns' current board service includes the United Way, YMCA, Monroe Community College Foundation, University of Rochester Medical Center, Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, and Oak Hill Country Club. In addition, he serves as the board chair for Greater Rochester Enterprise and is the 2019 American Heart Association Walk/Run Co-Chair.

A member of the College’s Board of Trustees, he is the Institutional Advancement Committee Chair and is also a member of the School of Business Dean's Leadership Circle.

Burns is a 1986 graduate of St. Bonaventure University, where he majored in finance. In 2011, he earned his MBA from the Simon Business School at the University of Rochester.

Past Recipients

Dean's Medal Recipients 2007 - 2017


Ray Issac ’88


Sharon Napier ’81


Michael O'Conor ’78


Jill Knittel ’94/’03 (MBA)


Steven Terrigino ’89


James J. Leo ’71


Victor Salerno ’66


Anthony Monaco ’83