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Former ECC president joins D'Youville staff

Former Erie Community College President William J. Mariani has joined the business faculty at D'Youville College as an associate professor.

Mariani announced his resignation late last year after eight years as president of ECC and after a 22-year career at the county institution.

In addition to his teaching duties at D'Youville, Mariani will work on special projects in education and business and complete work on his doctorate in educational leadership.

"What a delight it is to have Bill join the D'Youville community," Sister Denise A. Roche, president of D'Youville, said. Mariani, who was born and raised in Lackawanna, is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University. He accepted a full-time position at ECC in 1985 and held the title of executive dean of development and community services at the school. He was appointed president of the college in October 1999, after holding the position of interim president since December 1997.

Mariani tackled several challenges at ECC, including declining student enrollment at the time he took over. There were also reports of political interference from the school's board of directors during his tenure.

Under his leadership, ECC launched an advanced studies program at area high schools that enabled qualified teachers to offer college level courses to their students.

Mariani, of Orchard Park, is president-elect of the Western New York Higher Education Consortium and a member of the Buffalo Public Schools Foundation. He serves on the boards of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce, St. Francis High School and the Buffalo Private Industry Council, among other community organizations.

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