Dr. James A. Kling of Lewiston, an associate professor of commerce, will fill the newly expanded role of director of university mission, according to the Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., president of Niagara.
"I am pleased that Jim
has accepted this very important role for the university," Father Levesque said.
will be responsible for familiarizing new employees with the mission and history of the university and with developing and planning activities that promote its mission.He
will teach a reduced course load in the College of Business Administration to provide time for mission-related activities.
As a Vincentian university, Niagara
draws its inspiration from St. Vincent de Paul, a 17th-century French priest who organized his
contemporaries to respond compassionately to people's basic needs.As a part of its mission, Niagara
seeks to inspire its students to serve all members of society, especially the poor and oppressed. Dr. Kling, who holds a Ph.D. in business management from the University of Maryland, joined the NU faculty in 1990.He
teaches logistics, transportation, and management.Much of his
research has focused on the airline industry, specifically Southwest Airlines
.In addition to teaching, he
also directs the NU
Logistics, Transportation, and Management (LTM) Center, which offers professional development courses for area businesses in the United States and Canada.He was also the lead author of the College of Business Administration's self study, which was part of the process that led to the accreditation of the college by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (ASCSB) in April of 2001. A member of the Niagara University faith community, Dr. Kling regularly serves as a lector at Sunday Masses in Alumni Chapel and assists with other campus ministry activities.He
has also attended Collegium, an annual weeklong seminar that brings together college and university professors from across the country for a scholarly discussion of Catholic beliefs and teaching. Dr. Kling
wife, Patsy, are the parents of three children.
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