To the University Community:
On behalf of the St. John’s University Board of Trustees, I’m pleased to inform you that Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., former president of Niagara University, has been elected interim president of St. John’s, effective August 1, 2013.
As some of you may know, Fr. Levesque has a long-standing relationship with St. John’s, including as a former Chair of the Board of Trustees, as well as an extensive background in Vincentian leadership and higher education. I have taken the liberty of attaching Fr. Levesque’s detailed background, which shows the breadth of his experience.
We are confident of a seamless transition as Fr. Harrington steps down as president at the end of this month, and know that, over the coming academic year, Fr. Levesque will continue to build on his outstanding record of accomplishment. To permanently fill the position of president, we will be conducting a national search over the next several months.
Please join me in thanking Fr. Harrington for all he has done to make St. John’s a University for the 21st century, and in extending a warm welcome to Fr. Levesque.
Finally, the Board is in the process of completing its internal investigation and will update the University community concerning that matter later this summer.
Peter P. D’Angelo
Chairman, Board of Trustees