Niagara Gazette

February 24, 2014

Three named to Niagara University's Board of Trustees

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Niagara Gazette

The Rev. Patrick Flanagan, C.M., Ph.D., '87, the Rev. Michael M. Nguyen, C.M., and Charles W. Chiampou, C.P.A., J.D., '76, have been named to the Board of Trustees of Niagara University.

Father Flanagan is an assistant professor in the department of theology and religious studies at St. John's University, while Father Nguyen is rector of the Miraculous Medal House (Vincentian College Seminary) in Jamaica, N.Y. Charles Chiampou is a partner with Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner in Amherst.

"We are very honored that these three gentlemen will be serving Niagara University as trustees," said the Rev. James J. Maher, president of Niagara University. "Each of these men brings a very high level of experience, knowledge and professionalism to Niagara and they will each be a great asset to the university. We look forward to working with them over the coming years to further Niagara's commitment to academic excellence and service to the community in Western New York and around the world."

Father Flanagan graduated magna cum laude from Niagara University in 1987 with a bachelor's degree in biology education, and went on to earn a master of divinity from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception (Huntington) and a Ph.D. in theological ethics from Loyola University of Chicago. His doctoral dissertation was titled "Calling the Sleeper to Awake: The Common Good as an Ethic of Information Technology."

Father Flanagan has been affiliated with St. John's since 2003 as an adjunct faculty member, visiting professor and assistant professor, his current position. His teaching and research interests include distance learning, information technology ethics, marketplace morality, and Catholic social teaching.

From 1994 to 1998, Father Flanagan was an adjunct faculty member at Niagara University, teaching courses in religious studies.

An avid Twitter user, Father Flanagan can be found at @GothamEthicsDoc.

Father Nguyen was born in Vietnam and arrived in the United States as a refugee. He attained a B.S. in accounting from St. John's University in 1990 and later added master's degrees in divinity (1995) and theology (1998), both from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception. He is currently pursuing a license in canonical law from the Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.).

Father Nguyen commenced his tenure at the Miraculous Medal House when he was named formation director in 2012. He was chosen as rector in July 2013.

Since 2009, Father Nguyen has also served as a provincial consulter with the Eastern Province of the Congregation of the Mission. From 2009 to 2012, he was the Vincentian community's superior in Greensboro, N.C.

Chiampou earned his bachelor of business administration from Niagara University in 1976, and he later earned his juris doctor from New York Law School.

Chiampou is a partner with Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner, specializing in tax services for major closely-held corporations and high net worth individuals in the Western New York area. His clients include companies in the insurance, retail, food, real estate, lumber, and manufacturing industries.

In addition to his professional work, Chiampou is very active in community organizations and has served on the boards of Catholic Charities, Nardin Academy and Goodwill, demonstrating an abiding commitment to the Western New York community. He is also a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Erie County Bar Association and the Estate Analysts of Western New York.


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