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John Levato, 70, Assistant Dean of the School of Business

ALBANY, N.Y. (February 19, 2014) -- The University at Albany fondly remembers John Levato, the assistant dean for Alumni Relations & Development and Career Services at the School of Business, who passed away at his home in Albany, Thursday, February 13, 2014.

During his more than 35 years at UAlbany, John was a trusted mentor to thousands of students, a principal career advisor to hundreds of Business School hopefuls, a long-term counselor to scores of Business School alumni, and a respected colleague.

John Levato
John Levato, assistant dean for Alumni Relations and Development and Career Services at the School of Business. (Photo by Mark Schmidt)


John was a 1961 graduate of East Rochester (NY) High School, and received undergraduate degrees from Monroe Community College and SUNY Cortland, and his graduate degree from the University at Albany.

His lifelong career in higher education spanned more than 40 years, with his most recent position as the assistant dean. He received the University Excellence in Service Award in 1979 and 2004 and the University Excellence in Academic Advisement Award in 1982.

John will be remembered as passionate about his work and student success. Many remember his motto, which was always "students first".

In late April 2014, the School of Business will host a special event in the new School of Business Building to celebrate his legacy. Please look for announcements.

A scholarship has been set up in John's name at the University at Albany, with contributions being accepted at any SEFCU location. You may give on-line (please note "Levato Scholarship" in the comments section.) Checks may be sent to The University at Albany Foundation, UAB 226, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York 12222. Please note "Levato Scholarship" in the memo portion of the check.

Online condolences may be submitted here.

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