......Father Daniel F. O'Leary, O.M.I.,Ed.D, received the President's Medal, the university's highest honor. Fr.Daniel F. O'Leary, O.M.I., Ed.D. Niagara University president, the Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M. presenting Fr. O'Leary with the President's Medal.
......Fr.O'Leary served at the university for 31 years, most recently as associate vice president for academic affairs.Prior to that, he was dean of the College of Education.Father O'Leary was credited with leading the College of Education to accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and with obtaining ministerial consent from the Ministry of Education to operate extension programs in the Province of Ontario.
...,,,,,,,Father O'Leary first came to Niagara in July 1974 as director of special programs.His
tireless efforts to serve the needs of the local community resulted in the development of a number of innovative programs, including degrees that could be completed entirely in the evening, and the option to receive college credit for professional experience. ,,,,,,,In 1982, he was named dean of education, and it was during his 17 years in this position that he made the greatest impact at NU.
leadership, new programs were established at the graduate and undergraduate level, and enrollment increased exponentially.His
relentless desire to improve program quality made the college a state leader in teacher education.It was one of the first in New York accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
, and the first to receive consent by the Ontario Ministry to conduct graduate education programs in the province.In addition, Father O'Leary
implemented offerings that attracted Canadian students to take classes on this side of the border.
also recognized the importance of partnerships in improving higher education, and spearheaded a number of them.As dean of the College of Education, he was instrumental in establishing a relationship between New York state and NCATE at a time when states conducted their own reviews of schools of education.
This partnership resulted in a more coordinated system of standards and assessments that improved teacher preparation at Niagara
and other schools of education within the state.Later, as associate vice president for academic affairs, he
worked with Niagara's
deans and faculty to form affiliations with SUNY at Buffalo's
dental, pharmaceutical and engineering schools, and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
, to the benefit of students who aspired to careers in those fields.
accomplishments have not gone unnoticed by the Niagara University
community.Recognizing the valuable contributions he
made to NU, the Vincentian Fathers and Brothers made Father O'Leary
an affiliate of the Congregation of the Mission.And Niagara's
board of trustees, in December, conferred upon him the status of dean emeritus.Today, we again honor and thank Father O'Leary
extraordinary service to Niagara University
by presenting him with the university's highest honor, the President's Medal.