Leadership Niagara's executive offices will be housed at Niagara University beginning this fall, thanks to a memorandum of understanding signed by the institutions Monday.
The Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., president of NU, and Molly Anderson, executive director of Leadership Niagara, pictured, signed the agreement that will provide Leadership Niagara with rent-free office space in Timon Hall.
"Niagara University and Leadership Niagara share a focus on lifelong education that develops future, impactful leaders," Maher said. "With Niagara University poised to take on an even greater role in helping Western New York to realize its full social and economic potential, we feel that advancing this partnership is a positive step toward achieving that goal."
Twenty-nine Niagara University employees have "graduated" from the Leadership Niagara program, with another two set to participate in 2015.
"We are two organizations that are committed to excellence. Together, we will have great synergy," Anderson said. "Niagara University is the right place for us to call home and to further our mission to serve and strengthen our region."
Anderson and assistant director Tasha Villani had been utilizing virtual office space to coordinate the award-winning Leadership Niagara program, which celebrated its 30th anniversary earlier this year.
The Rev. Kevin G. Creagh, NU's vice president for university mission and ministry, and Christine S. O'Hara, executive director of alumni engagement, will serve as liaisons between the organizations. O'Hara completed the Leadership Niagara program in 1992 and currently sits on its board of directors.
Established in 1984, Leadership Niagara was the first organization of its kind in New York. Launched by a group of visionary CEOs with help from the Niagara Gazette and a grant from the Gannett Foundation, Leadership Niagara brought together individuals to learn about issues and industries in Niagara County. Three decades later, LN still provides class members across the region with a high standard of leadership and organizational development to apply their learning.
In 2011, Niagara University launched a Ph.D. program in leadership and policy that is designed for working professionals who are interested in furthering their ability to generate new knowledge through research and advance study. The program offers an innovative and unique model in preparing leaders who can implement systemic change to further organizational and community goals. Candidates will enhance their capabilities in shaping, implementing and evaluating policy in international, cross-disciplinary and diverse contexts.
To learn more about Leadership Niagara, visit www.leadershipniagara.com.
Additional information on Niagara University can be obtained at www.niagara.edu.