Marjorie Jodrey

  • Special Education Teacher/Citywide Autism Coach, 2016
Any goal that is worth pursuing comes with a degree of difficulty and working full-time as a NYC DOE Citywide Autism Coach while going to school was often challenging for me. The staff and faculty at Niagara always held students to the highest standards while providing maximum support. Everyone I encountered at Niagara was committed to student success and they were accessible to students whenever they were needed. I would like to especially mention several Niagara University staff members whose assistance, advice, and professional courtesy was instrumental in my success. Dr. James Mills, Dr. Barbara Iannarelli, Ms. Sharon Hardenstine, and Ms. Beverly Eiler consistently went above and beyond in helping me to prepare for my coursework and projects, answering questions and providing information and advice, as well as making sure that I was always on the right track with the most current information. I am looking forward to being the best Educational Administrator that I can be and I am well-prepared thanks to your staff and faculty and especially those I've mentioned. It really does take a village and I’m forever grateful for the staff and faculty at Niagara University.

Gregory J. Woytila

  • Superintendent
  • North Tonawanda City School District
Completing my master's in administration at Niagara was the best decision I have made. The classes in the educational leadership program develop students into well-rounded thinkers and prepare them to solve the complex questions facing school administrators.

The faculty use diverse and innovative teaching methods to encourage students to work with others to understand “real-life issues” that they will face in the world of K-12 administration.

Now, years later, after I have had several interns who come to my school in North Tonawanda from Niagara, I see the same level of skill and rigor is still in place and has evolved to keep up with current challenges in the field of education and leadership. I consistently find the level and depth of thinking and ability to be exceptional in the interns we have from Niagara University.

Carmen Granto

  • Superintendent of Schools
  • Niagara Falls City School District
The Niagara Falls City School District wholeheartedly supports the ongoing work that Niagara University is doing within the Educational Leadership Program. This is truly a partnership where knowledge and expertise are shared. Niagara Falls City School District personnel open their classrooms and school buildings to the Niagara University student interns and bring their personal skills as instructors on the Niagara University campus. Niagara University trains the vast majority of the educational leaders that come to our buildings. The relationship is strong because of the deep regard and high respect shared by all. Niagara University and the Niagara Falls City School District are truly a viable partnership in the highest sense of the word. Their coexistence continues to be a mutual and rewarding benefit.

John McKenna

  • Principal Mullen
  • Elementary School
Niagara University's Educational Leadership Program thoroughly prepared me for the daily challenges I face as a school principal. I highly recommend the program for anyone who wants to excel in the area of educational administration.

Don Rappold

  • Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services
  • Lewiston-Porter Central School District
Niagara University's preparation for school administration is delivered within a conceptual framework by instructors that have spent many years as practitioners in the field of school administration. The theoretical is supplemented and enhanced with this sharing of real life experiences approach. Niagara University students are well prepared to begin to deal with the complexity of school administration.

Mark Laurrie

  • Principal
  • Niagara Falls High School
The success of the Administrative and Supervision Program at Niagara University is directly attributable to the professional and highly competent professors and instructors that work with the graduate students. The emphasis that is placed on practical research and best practices prepares candidates to be successful upon completion of the program. As a graduate of the program and after having an opportunity to teach a class I am able to give first hand testimony that the curriculum, methods, and techniques that are shared will help prospective administrators become highly prepared. For these reasons, and the personal advisement and counseling the candidates receive, are testaments to the continued accreditation Niagara University should receive.

Dr. Michael S. Wendt

  • Superintendent
  • Schools Wilson Central School District
Completing my Masters in School Administration at Niagara gave me a solid foundation for building my leadership skills. The faculty focused on our individual strengths while exposing us to a variety of experiences that fostered professional growth. The flexibility of course offerings and international student-base made NU the right choice for me.

Nicholas Silvaroli

  • Assistant Business Manager
  • Sweet Home School District
Coming from a business education and the private sector, the Niagara University Educational Leadership Program filled an experience and knowledge gap allowing me to transition from a practicing CPA and financial analyst to school business administration. Successful organizations are built upon good people. The Education Leadership faculty is comprised of well respected, current former school administrators who bring years of experience into the classroom. It was my experience that the faculty served as more than just instructors, but also as mentors. It was this type of relationship with the faculty that further advanced my knowledge, skills, and ultimately my career. At Niagara University, the people make the difference.

Petronilla Amantia

  • Instructional Specialist for Math & Technology
  • Williamsville Central Schools
After teaching mathematics for 22 years, I decided to take an administrative course at Niagara University. I enjoyed the course so much that I enrolled in the masters program at Niagara for educational administrators and received my SDA certification in 1 1/2 years without leaving my teaching position. I had no intention of leaving the classroom as I loved teaching Precalculus and Calculus. The year after completing the program at Niagara University, I was approached by a Williamsville administrator on the possibility of applying for the position of mathematics and technology coordinator. Leaving my teaching position was not an easy decision. Five years later, I can honestly say it was one of the best career decisions I have ever made. I have learned so much about curriculum, instruction, staff development and technology education.

Anne Lovelock

  • Executive Director
  • Niagara Frontier Industry Education Council
I recently completed my school administrator and supervisor certification at Niagara University. I found the program to be challenging and rewarding. I can’t say enough about the knowledgeable faculty, the personal attention, and the connections I made there!

Julie Dahl

  • Assistant Principal
  • Clarence Middle School
The program in Educational Administration at Niagara University has prepared me for the challenges and tasks I enjoy facing every day as a school administrator. At Niagara, I learned valuable leadership and diplomacy skills as well as the history behind what makes a successful school leader. The high quality academic classes, supportive professors, and rigorous internship experience provide the key elements to administrative success.

John George

  • Superintendent of Schools
  • North Tonawanda City School District
As a Superintendent of Schools, I have worked with interns from the Niagara University Educational Administration program for many years and I continue to be impressed by the depth and breadth of their preparation. Niagara offers a quality program for future school leaders.

Mary Mallon

  • Elementary Principal
  • Maple East Elementary
The Masters Program at Niagara University in Educational Administration is a fabulous program! It is student-centered, where staff members are always looking for ways to accommodate their students. The professors bring a depth of knowledge and experience to class and share their experiences with students. It is a small program where the professors take great care in getting to know their students, listen to them, and advise them about career choices! It is an outstanding program with strong supports built into it. I would highly recommend this program to anyone wishing to be certified in administration!

Judi Richards

  • Director
  • Southtown Teachers' Center
I recently completed Niagara University's Educational Leadership Program. I found the program to be comprehensive, research-based and practical. The structure of the classes encouraged collegiality and developed those skills essential to educational leaders today. The instructors offered real world experience and advice along with excellent instruction. Participants in the Educational Leadership program are well prepared for the challenges and opportunities awaiting them.

Diane Vigrass

  • Superintendent of Schools
  • Diocese of Buffalo
Niagara University offered me diversity in thought, valuable peer discussions, and practical approaches to current educational issues. My coursework was completed under clear standards and criteria, thus modeling the expectations of the educational profession. I found the environment at Niagara University professional, yet friendly, and most efficient.

Anthony Day

  • Assistant Superintendent for Instruction
  • Sweet Home School
Today's administrators must be able to provide leadership and vision as well as attention to the day-to day management needs. The Niagara University administrative program combined a sound theoretical foundation in leadership theory with numerous opportunities to apply those theories to authentic case study scenarios. Effective guidance and feedback provided me an opportunity to understand the "big ideas" of administration as well as the vital and necessary attention to the little things as well.

The Education Leadership Program at Niagara University provides a wonderful pathway to a career in school leadership. The staff at Niagara University is very well educated and passionate about their program. They treat you like a person rather than an unimportant part of the student body. The Education Leadership Program gives you an opportunity to gain important hands on experiences prior to obtaining your first administrative position.

George Batterson, Ed. D

  • Superintendent of Schools
  • Tonawanda City School District
I have had an opportunity to work with the Department of Educational Administration, as a result of my involvement as a mentor to internship advisees in the Tonawanda City School District. I strongly recommend to anyone interested in a career in educational administration that they enroll in courses in the Niagara University Department of Educational Administration. I have been very impressed with the quality of instruction, knowledge of the professors and the high quality of candidates that they have been able to graduate from the program.