The Rev. Paul L. Golden, C.M., who served as president of Niagara University from 1995-1999, passed away peacefully on Jan. 20, 2024, at St. Mary’s of the Barrens in Perryville, Mo. He was 85 years old.

During his tenure at Niagara, Father Golden made an incredible impact on the campus and the broader community. Enrollment increased by more than 30%, and NU successfully completed major accreditations, including those by the Middle States Association, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, and the Council on Social Work Education. The university’s MBA program restructured to incorporate technology and strategic management into the curriculum, and the College of Education developed a master's degree program in inclusive education.

In addition, NU enhanced its community outreach with the establishment of Learn and Serve, and on campus, Father Golden oversaw the construction of the Dwyer Ice Arena, and the addition of men’s and women’s Purple Eagles ice hockey teams.

Before coming to Niagara, Father Golden was the senior executive for university mission at DePaul University, and he was the secretary of the university and of the board of trustees. In his 10 years at DePaul, he was responsible for implementing the mission of the university and increasing awareness of its values, and for coordinating several university-wide projects.

Father Golden was a native of San Francisco, Calif. He entered the Congregation of the Mission in 1961 and was ordained a priest in 1965. As a Vincentian, his ministries also included service as a teacher, formation director, college professor, and as founding director of Vincentian Canonical Services. He was also an active member of the Canon Law Society of America (CSLA) and was honored as a Role of Law honoree by the CSLA in 2005.