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Published on May 13, 2013
The Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., is the current president of Niagara University, a position he has held since January 2000. A native of North Tarrytown, N.Y., Father Levesque was ordained as a Vincentian priest in 1967. He received his doctoral degree from The Catholic University of America in 1977, and, in 1978, resumed teaching at Niagara, where he was also named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and director of the college's graduate division.
Father Levesque was elected provincial superior of the Eastern Province of the Congregation of the Mission in 1990. He stepped down from the position in June of 1999 after the maximum nine-year term and subsequently assumed the presidency of Niagara University.
Under Father Levesque's leadership, Niagara has experienced a continuous process of transformation that has significantly developed the physical character of the university's campus and its 21st century approach to teaching and learning. Close to $100 million has been invested in new construction, renovation and improvement projects on Monteagle Ridge since the advent of his presidency.
Father Levesque served as chair of the boards of St. John's University and Niagara University during his term as provincial. He was concurrently active in the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, a leadership organization that serves all male religious in the United States. He presently serves in a leadership capacity with the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Christ the King Seminary (East Aurora, N.Y.), the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, and the New York Campus Compact, among others.
At the conclusion of the academic year, Father Levesque will step down from his role as president, but remain at Niagara with the title of president emeritus.
Father Levesque delivered the undergraduate commencement address to Niagara University's colleges of Education and Arts and Sciences on May 11, 2013.
He was presented with the university's Medal of Honor.