Six Niagara University alumni were recognized on Sept. 30, 2010 as part of a convocation celebrating Vincentian Heritage Week.
Paul M. McManus, ’65, who achieved world-class distinction in the hospitality industry with Leading Hotels of the World, was inducted into the “Niagara Legacy – Alumni of Distinction.” McManus, as president and CEO of The Leading Hotels of the World, transformed the company into a prestigious luxury marketing organization representing more than 450 five-star hotels, resorts and spas worldwide. Previously, McManus held executive posts at Managing Partner of Reservation Systems, Inc., Regent International Hotels, RockResorts and Princess Hotels International; in addition to on-property positions at the St. Regis and Waldorf-Astoria hotels in New York City. At Niagara University, McManus spearheaded the College of Hospitality & Tourism Management’s expansion to an international program through the creation of the Leading Hotel Schools of the World, which cemented Niagara’s reputation as a global leader in hospitality and tourism training.
Robert, ’65, ’90 (Hon.) & Concetta, ’65 Dwyer each received the President’s Medal, Niagara University’s highest honor. Bob Dwyer, who retired as executive vice president of national sales at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, is the current chairman of Niagara’s board of trustees. Meanwhile, Connie is an ardent advocate for the cure for breast cancer.
Also receiving the President’s Medal was Rev. Vincent J. O’Malley, C.M., M.S., ’80, the director of St. Lazare Retreat House in Spring Lake, Michigan, and former senior assistant to the president at Niagara University.
Vincent Agnello, J.D., a law professor and director of the Family Business Center at Niagara University, received the Vincentian Mission Award, which is presented to members of the university community who demonstrate the values of St. Vincent de Paul, the universal patron of charity.
Sister Mary Fran Martin, D.C., former northeast provincial for the Daughters of Charity, was bestowed with the honorary doctor of humane letters degree in recognition of her work with the poor and marginalized.