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Interim President selected to lead D’Youville College

Interim President selected to lead D’Youville College

Buffalo, New York – March 21, 2016 – William J. Mariani, Ed.D., D’Youville College’s vice president for administrative services and external relations, has been appointed to serve as the college’s interim president upon the retirement of Sister Denise A. Roche on June 30. Dr. Mariani will not be a candidate for president, which factored into the board of trustees’ decision.

“I have so much regard for Sister Denise’s legacy and what she has achieved over her tenure,” Mariani said. “It is an honor to have been offered the opportunity to help ensure her legacy continues, which embodies the mission and history of this extraordinary learning institution.”

“I am thrilled that Bill has agreed to serve as interim president upon my retirement,” Roche said. “He is well-regarded and respected among faculty, staff, and students. He will provide a seamless transition to our next president.”

Mariani has served as D’Youville’s vice president for administrative services and external relations for eight years. He was previously president of Erie Community College. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, where he received his BBA and master’s degree. He received his Ed.D from D’Youville.

Roche announced her retirement last May at which time a search committee was established, led by D’Youville board vice chairman, C.J. Urlaub and longtime trustee Melinda Disare. The committee is comprised of board, faculty and staff members, college administrators, as well as student and alumni representatives.

“With different sectors of the college each having a voice in this process, it ensures that the best candidate will be selected to lead D’Youville into the future,” Urlaub said. “Having an interim president now allows us time to have a deliberate and inclusive process.”

Last November, the board engaged Philadelphia-based Diversified Search to assist in the search.

“It is very important that we take the necessary time to identify the right person who will take over the reins from Sister Denise, who has led this college’s mission for more than 36 years,” John Amershadian, chair of the board of trustees, said. “These are big shoes to fill and we cannot compromise quality for speed.”

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