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St. John’s University names interim president


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of St. John’s Communications

St. John’s University’s board of trustees has announced that Reverend Joseph Levesque will replace Father Donald Harrington as the school’s interim president, closing the chapter on the corruption that shook the institution.

Levesque will become the head of the university effective August 1 and guide the school before the upcoming school year as the board searches for a permanent replacement in the next few months.

“We are confident of a seamless transition as Father Harrington steps down as president at the end of this month, and know that, over the coming academic year, Father Levesque will continue to build on his outstanding record of accomplishment,” said Peter D’Angelo, chairman of the board.

Levesque, the former president of Niagara University, has a long relationship with St. John’s, where he was chair of the board in the 1990s. During the same period, Levesque was elected provincial superior of the Eastern Province of the Congregation of the Mission, a group for Vincentian priests.

Levesque was born in North Tarrytown, NY, and ordained as a Vincentian priest in 1967 after studying at Mary Immaculate Seminary in Pennsylvania. He taught religious studies at St. John’s Prep in Brooklyn and St. Joseph’s Seminary in New Jersey before becoming a lecturer in the religious studies department in Niagara in 1970.

Levesque holds a doctoral degree in theology from the Catholic University of America and honorary degrees from Niagara and St. John’s Universities, two of the three Vincentian universities in the United States.

As president of Niagara since 2000, he oversaw a $100 million investment in new construction, renovation and improvement projects to the 160-acre campus.

Harrington announced he would step down as the head of St. John’s in May following immense media pressure over gifts he received from former dean Cecilia Chang, who was facing charges of embezzling $1 million from the school. Chang ultimately committed suicide before the end of her trial, increasing the attention on Harrington and his chief of staff, Robert Wile, who also resigned.

 

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Disgraced former St. John’s University dean Cecilia Chang was found dead at her Jamaica Estates home last Tuesday morning of an apparent suicide, police said.

The ex-administrator, accused of stealing $1 million from the school in 2010 and using students for her own personal disposal, was facing trial for embezzlement and had taken the stand in Brooklyn federal court the day before her death, according to reports.

Chang, 59, was discovered dead at her Tryon Place home, located less than half a mile from the university, at around 7:30 a.m. on November 6, police said.

She was the dean of the school’s Institute of Asian Studies and vice president for international relations.

“St. John’s University was saddened to learn […] of the death of Cecilia Chang,” school officials said in a prepared statement. “We ask the entire St. John’s community to pray for her and her family.”

Authorities could not confirm the suicide but said no criminality is suspected.

– Additional reporting by Cristabelle Tumola

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