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About Father Maher

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Curriculum Vitae for Rev. James J. Maher, C.M.

Educational Background

  • 2004 – D.Min. (Doctor of Ministry), Immaculate Conception Seminary and Graduate School of Theology
  • 1990 – Th.M. (Master of Theology), Mary Immaculate Seminary, Northampton, Pa.
  • 1989 – M. Div. (Master of Divinity), Mary Immaculate Seminary, Northampton, Pa.
  • 1984 – B.A. (Sociology), St. John’s University, Queens, N.Y.

Relevant Work Experience

  • 2013 – President, Niagara University
  • 2010 – Present Provincial Consulter, Eastern Province, Congregation of the Mission
  • 2011 – 2013 Executive Vice President for Mission and Student Services, St. John’s University
  • 2009 – 2010 Executive Director of the Vincentian Institute for Social Action, St. John’s University
  • 2004 – 2010 Vice President for Student Affairs, St. John’s University
  • 1999 – 2005 Vice President for University Ministry, St. John’s University
  • 1994 – 1999 Campus Minister, St. John’s University

Professional Associations

  • DePaul University: Board of Trustees, Executive Committee, Athletics Committee, Academic and Student Affairs Committee (chair)
  • Niagara University: Board of Trustees
  • Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities: Board of Directors, Nominating Committee
  • Buffalo Niagara Partnership: Board of Directors, Executive Committee
  • Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities: Advocacy Work Group
  • Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference: President

Honors and Awards

  • Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Nancy Gara Spirit Award, 2024
  • National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York Citation Award, 2020
  • Leadership Niagara Leader of the Year Award, 2019
  • Key to the City of Vaughan, Ontario, 2019
  • Heart, Love and Soul Frances Ficorilli Volunteer Award, 2016
  • Buffalo Business First Power 250, 2013-2024
  • Pietas Medal, St. John’s University, 2009
  • Outstanding Leader in Education, Madison Who’s Who, 2008
  • Student Affairs’ Outstanding Administrator Achievement Award, St. John’s University Student Government Inc., 2005
  • Inducted into Epsilon Kappa, Sigma Delta Phi (National Hispanic Honor Society), 2005
  • Named one of Top 100 Irish-Americans in U.S., Irish America Magazine, 2004
  • Outstanding Service Award, Outreach Project (New York), 2004
  • Cross and Anchor Award, Holy Cross High School (New York), 2001
  • President’s Medal, St. John’s University, 1998
  • Named one of Outstanding Young Men of America, 1998
  • New Yorker of the Week, Time Warner, New York One, 1995