Niagara Gazette

Communities

January 23, 2013

Rev. Joseph Levesque stepping down as NU president, will stay on as president emeritus

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Niagara Gazette — He said making the community better has always been a goal of his, one he strives to accomplish every day through conversations with local leaders and investment in the future of Niagara Falls, Lewiston and all of the surrounding areas.

“I promised the community here when I came that I’d work for the people of the community,” he said. “We are not an ivory tower here at the university. We are part of the community and I will do all I can to make it better.”

Levesque said he’s also interested in helping more with students, as well, lacking from his duties as president. He said he wants to be able to meet with the student body more and listen to some of their concerns and feedback.

This news was well received by Jordan Hernandez, a graduate assistant who works closely with the university’s student government and represented the organization at Tuesday’s announcement.

“He’ll have more time to spend with the students and we’ll see him even more,” Hernandez said. “It’s a joy to see Father Levesque, he’s a key leader on our campus.”

He’ll also be involved in institutional advancement, according to board Chairman Jeffrey Holzschuc, who also announced Levesque will receive a new title, president emeritus, to help him accomplish his new responsibilities.

Holzschuc said the new president, who will, Like Levesque, be of the Vincentian order, will be announced as early as mid-March this year with an intent on quickly acclimating the choice and getting him started this coming summer.

He said the board has spent two years in succession planning and will begin interviewing candidates immediately.

“We feel it is important to move the process along without delay so that we can continue to advance the university and take advantage of the momentum Father Levesque’s leadership has provided,” he said.

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