Catching Up

Deans Award, College of Education

Throughout a 44-year career as an educator, Edward J. Marinucci Jr. was known for his incessant focus on children most in need and his dedication to the community.

Ed earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Buffalo State College and completed Niagara University’s educational leadership program in school administration and supervision. His determination and enthusiasm for education led to his progression from English teacher (North Junior High School) to assistant principal (LaSalle High School) to chief educational operator (Stella Niagara Education Park) to principal (Niagara Middle School).

In 2004, Ed became project director of the Teacher Quality Enhancement grant, a U.S. Department of Education-funded program that provided opportunities for veteran teachers to work with Niagara University faculty and teacher candidates. This project focused on closing the student achievement gap and became an exemplary national model for school-university partnerships, one that brought recognition to Niagara University and to its College of Education.

Ed retired when the grant period concluded in 2009, at a time when he was considered by many to be among the most talented educational administrators in Western New York.