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A Tribute to Father Levesque

The Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., Niagara University’s 25th president, steps down from his position as president this summer. The fourth longest tenured president in the history of Niagara, Father Levesque will long ...

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Robert Dwyer, ’65, Chair Emeritus, Board of Trustees

“When I think of Father Levesque, I think of a quiet game changer. Looking back, there isn’t one specific thing that he did, but through his leadership, and his love of the university, he was able to bring stability ...

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Claudia Fleckenstein, Executive Assistant to the President

“Just barely six months after I started working with Father Levesque (and he prefers to say that I work with him and not for him), my dad passed away. I anticipated that Father would attend my dad’s wake, but I knew ...

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Dr. Bonnie Rose, Executive Vice President

“I have many favorite recollections on working with Father Levesque, stemming from the summer of 2002, when I was hired as the vice president for academic affairs at Niagara University. “On campus visits prior to ...

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Christopher Zukas, ’12

“Father Levesque and I have established a unique relationship over the past three years. Father truly is a great leader, mentor, and friend. “One of my first encounters with Father was in my sophomore year after ...

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Dr. David Taylor, Director, The Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., Institute for Civic Engagement

“My fondest memory of Father Levesque goes back some years now. “We were having dinner one night with Mike Skowronski, and I asked Father what he would like his legacy at Niagara to be. The question caught him ...

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Deanna Alterio Brennen, President & CEO, Niagara USA Chamber

“Father Levesque is an extraordinary individual. Personally, I have known him through my tenure at the chamber, but his reputation has been widely known and respected throughout our community for years. What I admire ...

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Joseph Mihalich, Former Men’s Head Basketball Coach

“When I think about Father Levesque, I think about a wonderful person. He was a great CEO, but he was an even better priest and person. As a leader, you have to make tough decisions that might not always be popular. ...

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Dr. Nancy McGlen, Professor and Dean Emeritus

“Father Levesque was the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences when I was hired. I remember going to his office in the lower level of Gallagher Center to be interviewed. Father was a great mentor to me when I became ...

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Dr. Gary Praetzel, Dean of the College of Hospitality and Tourism Management

“The one thought that immediately comes to my mind about the president is his unique pastoral touch. He has a way of calming the swirling events around you and putting things into proper perspective, allowing you to ...

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Dr. Shawn Daly, Dean of the College of Business Administration

“Speaking as a relative newcomer to NU (I am in my second year), I have fewer stories than most about Father Levesque. In a short period of time, his leadership style and substance are part of my own conscious ...

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Dr. Debra Colley, Dean of the College of Education

“Leadership has no boundaries … and perhaps no border! Father Levesque taught us that the attributes of a leader can transcend the international border when he engaged our extended educational community to create ...

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Sema Shepard, Former Campus Postmistress

“Father Levesque and I have been friends since he arrived at Niagara in 1970, and I can honestly say his personality has not changed in all these years. When he arrived at Niagara, he formed friendships with the 3 S's ...

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Dr. Sharon Watkinson, Chair and Professor of Theatre and Fine Arts

“My friendship with Father Joe goes back to 1970 when he first came to Niagara. As ‘young,’ new faculty members, we bonded. In those days, all departmental offices were housed in Alumni Hall, where we became one ...

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Dr. Timothy Osberg, Professor of Psychology

“Father’s impact on Niagara is not just measured in buildings, dollars, and awards. It is measured in the lives he’s touched. I’m happy to say mine is one of them! I have known Father for the entire 31 years that ...

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Sister Beth Brosmer, Director, Heart, Love and Soul

“What impresses me the most is how the Vincentian tradition of helping the poor has been experienced over and over again at Heart, Love & Soul. As president, Father Levesque encouraged NU’s involvement. He’s ...

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Rev. Louis Trotta, C.M. Former Assistant to the President for Alumni Relations

“I was the director of the prep seminary (St. Joseph’s) in Princeton N.J., and Father Levesque was one of my young standout students. I appointed him to be my personal secretary, which was quite a prestigious ...

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James V. Glynn, Board Chairman Emeritus, Niagara University

“I was serving as chairman of the board in 1999, when we were faced with the challenge and opportunity to name the 25 president of Niagara University. We wanted someone with experience in higher education who could ...

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Jeffrey R. Holzschuh, ’82, Chair, NU Board of Trustees

“I met Father Joe 35 years ago as a freshman at Niagara. I was our class president and our first interaction was because he was the advisor to our class. I was involved in several other groups on campus and he was a ...

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Rev. Kevin Creagh, C.M., Vice President of Campus Ministry/Vincentian Religious Superior, Niagara University

“Father Levesque has devoted his life to the Church as a Vincentian priest, a teacher, an administrator, a provincial, and a president. In all of these significant roles, he has been selfless in carrying out his duties ...

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Mike Skowronski, Corporate Relations Developer, Career Services

“Nine years after I joined the Niagara University community my life was changed as a result of meeting one person: Father Joseph Levesque. “In 1991, I launched my career at Niagara as both the swim coach and the job ...

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John Osberg, ’13

“My father used to bring my sister and me to Niagara during the summers often when we were younger and my mother was working, so I had the pleasure of interacting with Father Levesque prior to attending Niagara because ...

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James Tipa, Sophomore Business Major from Mount Kisco, N.Y.

“The first time I met Father Levesque was during the CARE Orientation my freshman year. I was taking my placement exam and my parents were outside for the barbeque. When I finished the exam and came out to join them, I ...

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John T. Overbeck, ’75, Faculty Fellow

“When I think of Father Levesque, I think of a boss, a priest, a friend, and a leader. Many have written about his accomplishments, and they are numerous. But what I admire most about him is the way he leads; he is the ...

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Marsha Joy Sullivan, Niagara University Trustee

“I often speak of the incredible family that I have been blessed with and of the values instilled in us that were inspired in large part from my father’s association with his Vincentian friends. Important among those ...

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Dr. Timothy Ireland, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

“I did not know Father Levesque when he was appointed president here at Niagara University. However, since his inauguration, I have interacted with him as a faculty member, as a Niagara University Lay Teacher’s ...

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Michael Jaszka, Vice President for Administration – Business Affairs

“When Father announced his retirement, everyone was telling him how sad they would be to see him leave. I told him that there were two groups that would be happy to see him go: the geese and the seagulls that frequent ...

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Judy Willard, ’70, M.A.’72, Assistant to the President for Planning

“One of NU's greatest strengths is the relationships that are formed by its people. Our students come and sense that and learn that and develop great relationships of their own, and they learn to care about others and ...

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Dr. Timothy Downs, Vice President for Academic Affairs

“It is quite a difficult task to define the influence and importance of Father Levesque on Niagara University, the Western New York area, and well beyond this region. Father Levesque has been a driving force who has ...

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