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The Inauguration of Rev. James J. Maher, C.M.

The Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., was inaugurated as Niagara University’s 26th president on April 4, 2014, and a full slate of activities that highlighted the university’s rich heritage of academic excellence and community service complemented the celebration.

On April 3, a symposium addressing the topic of “The Mission of Vincentian Education,” was held in Alumni Chapel. The keynote speech was given by the Very Rev. G. Gregory Gay, C.M., ’76, superior general of the Congregation of the Mission. Opening remarks were given by Dr. James Delaney, associate professor of philosophy, and the Rev. John Gouldrick, C.M., offered the invocation and opening prayer.

That same day, a symposium highlighting Father Maher’s focus on increasing the university’s role as an economic development incubator was held in St. Vincent’s Hall. A five-person panel discussed the role that higher education plays in the economic and social development of a region. Panelists included Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, president and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership; Patrick Whalen, COO of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus; Howard Zemsky, co-chair of the WNY Regional Council for Economic Development; Dr. Timothy Downs, NU’s provost; and Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster.

The Gallagher Center’s upper level served as the site of the inaugural liturgy on April 4. The Most Rev. Richard Joseph Malone, the 14th bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, N.Y., presided. The Rev. John T. Maher, C.M., ’76, brother of the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., delivered the homily.

The formal presidential inauguration of Father Maher took place in Niagara University’s Gallagher Center that afternoon. Members of the Vincentian community,as well as elected officials and delegates representing fellow academic institutions, joined the NU community in commemorating the occasion. The Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., NU’s 25th president and interim president of St. John’s University, conducted the investiture of Father Maher. More than 1,100 were in attendance. A reception in the Castellani Art Museum followed.

The inaugural events concluded with the first-ever “Run Against Hunger” on April 5. Nearly 100 runners braved rainy and windy conditions to participate in the 5K race, raising $1,600 for the Heart, Love & Soul food pantry and dining room in downtown Niagara Falls.