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Notable Alumni

Bonnie Kane, Ph.D.

Graduation Year:
Ph.D. in Leadership and Policy
Niagara Falls City School District


I had the honor of being selected as a member of the first cohort of the Ph.D. in the leadership and policy program at Niagara University. The program began in 2011, and being a part of that preliminary group was a remarkable experience. The cohort model allowed for interaction with others outside of my professional field and I found this involvement to be extremely beneficial as it allowed for extended learning. Being guided through the program by outstanding professors was another exceptional experience. The format of the program made it possible for me to continue to work full time in my field and complete the Ph.D. program in three years. I was extremely humbled to be the first person to walk across the stage on graduation day – by alphabetical order - with my amazing cohort members in the class of 2014!

Currently, I work as a school psychologist in the Niagara Falls City School District. This role allows me to develop my leadership skills in a variety of ways. I have been taking undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. students to work with me as practicum school psychology students and interns. The leadership skills I developed while in the program have enabled me to more effectively guide these students on their career pathways as a mentor and advisor. I have also taken on the role of co-department chair for special education, this role has allowed me to collaborate and assist others in a leadership capacity as well. Outside of my professional endeavors, I am currently president of the local chapter (Buffalo-Niagara #0047) of Phi Delta Kappa, an international educational organization and co-coordinator of my church’s religious education programming.