Niagara Gazette

January 22, 2013

Father Levesque stepping down

By Timothy Chipp
Niagara Gazette

LEWISTON —

After 13 years, Niagara University President The Rev. Joseph Levesque is calling it a career.

The long-time fixture at the school – a teacher and dean long before his tenure as president – gathered the campus community to announce he's stepping down from the college's chief position, effective this coming summer.

"I never planned on being president," Levesque said following his bombshell announcement Tuesday. "It was never in my dreams. The fact that I could be president of a place I've loved since I came her in (1970) to give leadership and take the university's ideas and my ideas and make them real. You can make some things happen and that excites me.

"Looking at my life, I had accomplished a great deal. I know I'm aging and it's time to bring in some new blood with new ideas. I talk to the students ... about being innovative. I think that I'm innovative, but I know there are many others who are also innovative."