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Memorial Tribute to Former UAlbany President Vincent O'Leary to be Held on Sunday, Oct. 16

                Vincent O'Leary led the University at Albany as
                president from 1977 to 1990.

ALBANY, N.Y. (October 7, 2011) – The University at Albany will host a memorial tribute to former University President Vincent O'Leary on Sunday, October 16, at 11 a.m. in the Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center on UAlbany’s Uptown Campus. O'Leary, who led UAlbany as president from 1977 to 1990, assumed the post at a time of financial constraints, but forged new directions that positively shaped the future of UAlbany.

During O'Leary's tenure, doctoral programs were strengthened and combined bachelor's/master’s degree programs were introduced. External funding for research quadrupled and new international exchange programs were developed. In partnership with then-New York State Commissioner of Health Dr. David Axelrod, O'Leary created the School of Public Health, a unique program in the nation, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year.

O'Leary was a nationally recognized scholar in the criminal justice fields of probation and parole when he first joined the faculty at UAlbany in 1968 as a professor in the newly organized School of Criminal Justice, the first Ph.D.-granting criminal justice program in the nation. He later served as dean of the School of Criminal Justice prior to assuming the UAlbany presidency. He returned to the faculty after completing his tenure as president.

O’Leary died on April 22 at the age of 86. Friends, colleagues and the general public are welcome to attend the memorial.

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