LEWISTON — On a day where the Vatican elected its new pontiff, Niagara University had its own bit of white smoke rise into the Lewiston air.
The Rev. James Maher was named the 26th president of Niagara University on Wednesday.
The Catholic and Vincentian institution announced today that Father Maher, currently the executive vice president for mission and student services at St. John’s University, would succeed the Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M. Father Levesque announced in January that he would be resigning from his position at the conclusion of the current academic year.
The presidential transition will be official Aug. 1, 2013.
Father Maher’s brother, the Rev. John Maher, C.M., is a 1976 Niagara graduate, and worked on campus in several capacities from 2005 to 2011.
In addition to his volunteer and familial ties to Niagara, Father Maher resided on the university’s auxiliary campus in the mid-1980s as a member of the Vincentian Service Corps.
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