Father Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., announced today that after 13 years as President he will resign from his position at the conclusion of the current academic year.
He quickly made clear however that he will remain at NU. The university’s Board of Trustees has voted to confer on him the title of president emeritus. In this role, Father Levesque will be empowered to continue to help Niagara in ways designated by the new president and in a manner familiar to Father Levesque, especially in the areas of institutional advancement and in relation to the Institute for Civic Engagement.
“This truly is a bittersweet day for me,” admitted Father Levesque, whose association with Niagara University commenced in 1970 as a lecturer of religious studies. “With the help, trust and guidance of so many, we have accomplished the numerous goals that I articulated during my inaugural address. We have been successful in establishing and stabilizing a ‘new Niagara,’ all while remaining faithful to our mission and the best interests of our students and the community that we call home.
“I have been a member of the Niagara University community for more than four decades now and although I will no longer be president, I am very happy to be able to say that I will remain at NU for a long time to come, God willing.”
Father Levesque became the 25th president of Niagara University in January 2000. Under his leadership, Niagara University has experienced a continuous process of transformation that has significantly developed the physical character of the university’s campus and its 21st century approach to teaching and learning.
Visit the Niagara University website to read more about Father’s time at Niagara and a gallery of pictures from those years .