The Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M.. courtesy Niagara University
LEWISTON, NY - The president of Niagara University is stepping down at the end of this school year, it was reported on the university's website Tuesday. The Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., will remain at the university with the title of president emeritus.
Levesque first joined the faculty in 1970 as a lecturer in religious studies. In 2000 he became the 25th president of the Catholic university.
"This truly is a bittersweet day for me," said Levesque in a statement. "With the help, trust and guidance of so many, we have accomplished the numerous goals that I articulated during my inaugural address. We have been successful in establishing and stabilizing a 'new Niagara,' all while remaining faithful to our mission and the best interests of our students and the community that we call home."
According to the statement, close to $100 million has been invested in new construction and renovation projects on campus during Levesque's tenure as president. The initiatives stemmed from a comprehensive master plan that was created at Levesque's direction.
A search committee named by NU's Board of Trustees is expected to name a successor as soon as mid-March.
A native of North Tarrytown, N.Y., Levesque was ordained as a Vincentian priest in 1967 after studies at Mary Immaculate Seminary in Northampton, Pa. After teaching religious studies for several years, he was assigned to Niagara's religious studies department in 1970. After completing his doctoral degree in theology and several other assignments, he returned to NU in 1999 to serve as the university's president.