D’Youville is governed by The President's Council, consisting of the president and college administrators, and the 26-member Board of Trustees who handle corporate duties and set policies for D'Youville.
Welcome Letter from Lorrie Clemo, PhD, President of D'Youville
I want to personally welcome you to D’Youville, a historied place of learning with an exciting future. We offer students of all ages an approach in connecting you to your own individual career and life goals. D’Youville was named one of the best higher education values in the nation and a place where students will earn some of the highest earnings post graduation of any college in Western New York State.
As an institution, we stand on the shoulders of tradition while embracing the value of diversity, opinions, and the exploration of new ideas and research. D’Youville offers a transformative education with a difference: Every student is our most important student. Our focus is to support you every step of the way and help you succeed regardless of whichever degree or program you choose.
We are proud of our strong faculty, staff, and exceptional student body, as well as the surrounding community where we offer a vital educational, economic, and cultural resource. Located near the heart of Buffalo, we are proud to be in a city experiencing a business and cultural renaissance and believe, much like the city’s turnaround, in making the impossible possible.
If you’re in high school, looking to transfer, take online classes, have served our country or are an international student, D’Youville is here to help guide you towards the opportunities you seek. We offer students of all ages a rich college experience, from undergraduate, graduate, to doctoral studies, traditional and nontraditional, credit and noncredit courses.
We encourage you to take the next step, come and visit our campus or contact one of our advisors today to learn about over 54 areas of study. We’re here to help.
As your new President of D’Youville, ask me anything you wish, my door is always open.
Lorrie Clemo, PhD
Dr. Lorrie Clemo is the 15th president of D’Youville. She joined the institution in January 2017.
Dr. Clemo served most recently as provost and vice president of academic affairs for the State University of New York at Oswego. While at SUNY, she drove first-time initiatives and brought substantial recognition to the university, as well as built strategies crucial to improvements in student learning and career opportunities, funding, faculty development, international student engagement, and program innovation.
A distinguished educator and community leader, Dr. Clemo has more than 25 years of experience teaching undergraduates, conducting research, and serving the community.
As president, Dr. Clemo envisions advancing D’Youville’s time-tested mission of providing academic, social, spiritual, and professional development in programs that emphasize leadership and service.
A proponent of highly-collaborative environments and partnerships promoting quality in teaching and landmark educational opportunities, Dr. Clemo has executed initiatives of benefit to faculty and students, with enhancements including business co-op partnerships, international education and research, internships, expanded STEM programs, and new graduate degree and certificate programs, in addition to grant-writing incentives and faculty development opportunities.
Driven to provide relevant higher educational opportunities to students, Dr. Clemo has spearheaded the design of a new general education curriculum and campus-wide assessment to ensure continuous improvement in academic excellence and student performance.
At SUNY, Dr. Clemo led the development of a college attrition program among local middle and high schools, supplying university student mentors and creating an early-college program. She managed the application for a new graduate education center, expanded online education, and sponsored summer immersion programs designed to engage high school students in laboratory research.
Dr. Clemo’s involvement with student-centric offerings extends to the inception, development, and launch of the international Global Laboratory Program, a STEM research abroad opportunity created with alliances among institutions in South and Central America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.
Dr. Clemo has held numerous leadership appointments, including President of the NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative Association, Vice Chair of the New York State Sea Grant Institute’s Executive Committee and Board of Governors, World Association of Cooperative Education Board, American Council on Education Executive Board, Council of Fellows Board and Finance & Development Committee, and On Point for College Executive Board.
Dr. Clemo is the recipient of the David Knight Leadership Award from the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Dream Maker Award and Campus Angel Award from On Point for College, the Pac-Asia Educator Excellence Award, Community Leadership Award from the NY Turkish Cultural Society, and the Outstanding Faculty Award from the Non-Traditional Student Association at SUNY Oswego.
Among other distinctions, Dr. Clemo has published a significant body of work on classroom learning, diversity, civic participation, and other topics. She has lectured at the NCAA Leadership Conference, National Science Foundation, American Colleges & Universities Annual Meeting, and other educational and athletic conferences.
Dr. Clemo has been the principal investigator or co-principal investigator for more than $12 million of funding from the U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation, and various other foundations.
Dr. Clemo earned both her PhD in Political Science and Master of Arts in Political Science, Public Administration and Policy Analysis, from Binghamton University in Binghamton, NY. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY.
She and her husband, Steve Nicolais, live in Buffalo, New York and have four grown children.
President's Council and Board of Trustees
Joggeshwar (Jogy) Das
Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Planning
As Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Planning, Joggeshwar (Jogy) Das provides leadership for assessment, planning, resources, and accreditation.
Prior to joining D’Youville, Das served as Associate Dean in the School of Education for the State University of New York at Oswego, helping the school achieve national recognition for teacher preparation programs improving upon college professional associations and national accreditation.
Prior to SUNY Oswego, Das spent 25 years at Ohio State University, serving in multiple positions including Assistant Director of Undergraduate Programs at the Fisher College of Business School, Director of Undergraduate and Graduate services, and Manager for Quality Data Reporting for the College of Education.
Das holds an ABD from Ohio State in Anthropology and has two master’s degrees, an MA in Anthropology from Ohio State University and an MSc from the University of Delhi along with a BSc in Anthropology from the University of Delhi.
Dean of Online Learning
Jeremiah Grabowski joined D’Youville as the Dean of Online Learning in September 2017. At D'Youville, his primary responsibility is to expand the institution’s academic mission through online learning.
Prior to joining D’Youville, he held related online learning positions at the University at Buffalo and Trocaire College. His background is in instructional design, online education, educational technology, and faculty development.
In addition to his duties at D'Youville, he is an adjunct faculty member at the UB Graduate School of Education teaching courses in online pedagogy and instructional design. Jeremiah holds a PhD in Curriculum, Instruction, and the Science of Learning from the University at Buffalo. His research interests include examining how faculty can integrate gamification, which is the use of game design elements in non-game settings, into the design of online courses.
Vice President For Operations
As Vice President for Operations, Nathan Marton provides leadership and oversight in the areas of facilities management and capital planning, information technology, and campus safety.
Marton began his career as a structural engineer working for Cannon Design, an international multi-disciplinary building design and construction management firm. At Cannon, he transitioned to working on strategic marketing, business development, and project management for the company. After leaving Cannon, he served over eight years as the Director of Operations at Medaille College overseeing key operational aspects of the college, similar to his work here at D’Youville.
Marton holds a bachelor’s in Architectural Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and a master’s in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Chief Mission Officer
Jeff Papia joined D’Youville as the Chief Mission Officer at the start of the Spring 2019 semester and brought with him a wealth of knowledge and direct experience in mission integration on college campuses. Papia’s primary focus is on building relationships and embedding mission in all areas of the campus and community.
Previous to D’Youville, Papia most recently served as Hilbert College’s Director of Mission Integration and Campus Ministry, where he worked to promote and integrate the college mission across the entire spectrum of the college with students, faculty, staff, and the board of trustees. Jeff has also served as Assistant Director to the Padua Program, a national institute for mission-critical leaders in Franciscan organizations.
Papia received a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies, with a philosophy minor, from the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., and his Master of Theological Studies, with a pre-doctoral concentration in Systematics, from Boston College School of Theology and Ministry in Chestnut Hill, Mass. He also completed a master's in business administration from St. Bonaventure University.
Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Pamela Say joined D’Youville as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement in July 2019 with two decades of experience and training in fundraising and communications. She is responsible for the strategic direction and implementation of all institutional fundraising programs, including major gifts, corporate/foundation support, alumni and donor relations, and the cultivation and stewardship of current and prospective benefactors
Say is a nationally-published author and speaker. Her three books include a novel, "Hope Rising," a children's book, "Chuck and Spark Explore the Park," and an industry book, "Five Strategies to Increase Annual Fund Revenue."
She frequently writes, speaks, and teaches classes and conference sessions on topics related to communications, fundraising, leadership, and life. She has offered keynote speeches or acted as session speaker at more than 40 conferences throughout the country.
Say is a 2017 graduate of SUNY Empire State College with a master’s degree in business administration and in 2019 will be awarded the school's Emerging Leader Award out of more than 80,000 alumni. She is a 2001 graduate of St. Bonaventure University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and mass communication.
Mimi Harris Steadman, EdD
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Mimi Steadman joined D’Youville as the Vice President for Academic Affairs in September 2017. As the Chief Academic Officer, she provides mission-focused leadership for academic programs and planning, and supports teaching, scholarship, and student success.
Prior to joining D’Youville, Steadman served as the Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness in the Division of Academic Affairs at Daemen College.
Steadman opened Daemen’s Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning, taught in the first year seminar, and served as Project Director for a $2 Million US Department of Education Title III Strengthening Institutions grant which improved retention and graduation rates. Steadman served as the founding president of the Assessment Network of New York (ANNY), and is co-author, with K. Patricia Cross, of Classroom Research: Implementing the Scholarship of Teaching.
A graduate of Cornell University, Steadman earned a Master of Science from the University of Rhode Island and a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.
Jamel C. Perkins
Joseph J. Cozzo
President/CEO and Chairman of Buffalo Speech & Hearing Center
Dolores Prezyna EdD, '70, '14
Clinical Supervisor at SUNY Fredonia
Charles (CJ) Urlaub
President/ CEO, Mercy Hospital
Dr. Lorrie Clemo
President, D'Youville College
John Amershadian (2012)
President & CEO, Hodgson Russ LLP
Robert Bennett (2016)
Chancellor Emeritus, NYSED
Dr. Lorrie Clemo
President, D’Youville College
Megan Farrell (2017)
Medical Director, Hospice
Gretchen Fierle (2015)
Vincent O. Hanley (2019)
Bond Schoeneck & King
Mary Hoffman (2015)
Timothy Kane (2013)
Merrill Lynch/Kane, Fasanello Group
Sister Mary Karen Kelly (2011)
Archivist, Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart
Sister Julia Lanigan (2018)
Grey Nun of Sacred Heart
Sister Mary McCarrick (2015)
Diocesan Director, Catholic Charities of Buffalo
Dale McKim, III (2012)
EVP/Chief Risk Officer, Evans Bank
Stephen Mercurio (2015)
President, The McGuire Group
WNY District President, KeyBank
Blair Severn (2018)
Chairman, President and Managing Partner
Charles (CJ) Urlaub
President/CEO, Mercy Hospital
Paul D. Bauer (2009)
Andrew Dorn (2016)