Medaille College

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Medaille College
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Established 1937
Type Private
Endowment $8 Million
President Dr. Kenneth M. Macur
Vice-president Dr. Norman R. Muir (Academic Affairs
Matthew J. Carver (Business/Finance)
John Crawford (College Relations)
Amy M. DeKay (Student Development
Christopher Larusso (Enrollment Management)
Academic staff
Undergraduates 2,759
Postgraduates 494
Location Buffalo, New York, United States
Campus Urban
Colors Navy/Gold/Light Blue
Athletics 11 Varsity Teams
Nickname Mavericks
Affiliations NCAA Division III

Medaille College is a private liberal arts college located in the historic Olmsted Crescent of Buffalo, New York, that draws extensively from the Western New York and Southern Ontario regions. It is a private, nonsectarian, co-educational institution.[1]


Founded in 1875 as the Sisters of Saint Joseph to train teachers. The school obtained a state charter and became Mount Saint Joseph College in 1937. In 1968, the school enlarged its mission and gained its current name. The College has 90 full-time faculty members and more than 200 part-time faculty, and the total enrollment is now at 2,759 students.

In the 1970s, Medaille experienced rapid expansion. Student enrollment grew, and new facilities, like the Downey Science Building, were built to meet the demands of new degrees and program options.

In 1991, the College implemented a resident student program, attracting students from throughout New York State and Southern Ontario. Three years later, the Kevin I. Sullivan Campus Center opened, offering students a setting for athletic, dining and recreational activities. The Sullivan Campus Center, with its Trbovich Alumni Tower, serves as home to the College’s National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III sports program, which has seen tremendous success in its short history.

In fall 2001, Medaille opened its first residence hall, followed two years later by a second residence hall, bringing the total number of resident students to nearly 350 and creating an even greater need for campus facilities for recreation and for learning. Medaille met that need by expanding the Sullivan Campus Center, renovating the Huber Hall Library and installing new parking areas and a quadrangle green space.

In June 2007, Medaille welcomed its sixth president, Richard T. Jurasek, Ph.D. Under his leadership, the College has committed to develop partnerships with local organizations, to contribute to the educational, civic and economic development of the region, and to focus on strategic planning and assessment. In addition, the College completed a construction project that doubled the size of Huber Hall with a new Student Success Center. The new building brings academic and student support services under one roof.

On September 26, 2012, the Sullivan Campus Center was rededicated after the completion of a new 3,000-square-foot fitness center, event center with a 600-person capacity, locker rooms and dedicated student group and meeting spaces.

On February 19, 2014, citing "The changing dynamics of graduate education and a crushing budget deficit" The Buffalo News reported that Medaille College was closing its Amherst Campus location at the end of the Spring 2014 semester and consolidating its students into the main campus in Buffalo.[2] The college's president, Richard Jurasek, noted a $2.2 million deficit during the 2012-2013 fiscal year in his decision to consolidate, which includes planned layoffs under his watch.[3]

Former Presidents[edit]

Previous term and reason for departure denoted in parentheses

  • Dr. Alice M. Huber SSJ–1968–1974 (President - Mount Saint Joseph's College, retired)
  • Dr. Robert R. Hesse–1974–1978 (Executive Assistant to the President - SUNY Fredonia, named President of the Chautauqua Institution)
  • Dr. Charles R. MacRoy–1978 [interim]
  • Dr. Leo R. Downey–1978-1987 (Vice President/Provost - McKendree College, retired[4])
  • Mr. Kevin I. Sullivan–1987-2001 (Chairman - Medaille College Board of Trustees, died)
  • Dr. John J. Donohue–2001-2002 [interim] (Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs - Medaille College, named Vice President of Academic Affairs at D'Youville College)
  • Dr. Joseph W. Bascuas–2002-2006 (Vice President - Argosy University, resigned[5] and named Interim President of Becker College[6])
  • Mr. Richard K. Davis–2006-2007 [interim] (Vice President of Public Relations - Medaille College, returned to position)
  • Dr. Richard T. Jurasek–2007-2015 (Executive Vice President - Antroch College, retired)


Medaille is structured similar to AMCC universities such as Penn State Erie and St. John Fisher College. The curriculum is patterned around Liberal Arts & Science foundations, which emphasize interdisciplinary coursework and private university standards. Within the past year, numerous faculty members have been awarded research grants through such organizations as the National Endowment for the Arts, National Science Foundation, and National Institutes of Health.

A member of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC), Medaille fields 11 NCAA Division III athletic teams for men and women.

In 2012, Medaille was ranked #8 nationally among 4-year colleges as a Best for Vets school by Military Times EDGE magazine.

On December 7, 2012 Medaille hosted its annual Community 101 Fair[7] that features freshman presenting their first-semester projects based on community organizations in Buffalo.

Undergraduate programs[edit]

Graduate programs[edit]



Medaille's main campus is located in Buffalo, New York, on a tree-lined urban setting at the intersection of New York State Route 198 and Parkside Avenue. The campus is within the Olmsted Crescent, a historic area of parkways and landscape designed by Frederick Law Olmsted.

Adjacent to Delaware Park and the Buffalo Zoological Gardens, the main campus is easily accessible by car, bus or Metro Rail. The College is served by the Humboldt-Hospital NFTA rapid transit station, and a circulator shuttle runs frequently between auxiliary parking at the zoo and campus. Medaille is close to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, the Buffalo Museum of Science, and the Buffalo History Museum.

In addition to the Buffalo campus, Medaille also has a branch campus in Rochester, NY. This campus offers undergraduate degrees for adult students in Business Administration, and graduate degrees in Business Administration and Organizational Leadership, as well as Mental Health Counseling.


Since the fall of 2001, Medaille has built two residence halls. The South Residence Hall offers double-occupancy rooms with bathrooms, laundry facilities and computer stations. Student lounges overlook the campus and main building. The North Residence Hall contains apartments for resident students and suites for freshmen.


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University Medaille College
Conference Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference
NCAA Division III
Athletic director Amy M. DeKay
Location Buffalo, NY
Varsity teams 15
Basketball arena Sullivan Center
Baseball stadium McCarthy Park
Nickname Mavericks
     Navy       Gold       Light Blue

Medaille is a charter member of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference, as an NCAA Division III school.

The women's basketball team won the AMCC championships in 2004-05, 2005–06,and 2009–2010; the men's soccer team won the AMCC championships in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. In 2010, The men's soccer team also reached the sweet 16, the furthest any Medaille Sports team has ever advanced; and the baseball team won the AMCC championship in 2007.

The women's basketball team made appearances in the NCAA tournament in 2004-05 and 2005–06, and the men's soccer made appearances in 2005 and 2006.

The 2008-2009 men's basketball team reached the AMCC finals for the first time in 2009, the team won its first AMCC championship against Pitt-Bradford, four years after going 0-25. With the win the team earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament. That run ended early with a first round 90-79 loss at the hands of John Carroll University. The 2011-2012 men's basketball team won the AMCC Tournament.

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]


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