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When Rev. Joseph L. Levesque steps down as president of Niagara University at the end of the month, he’ll step right into a new job.

Levesque – who announced his retirement as Niagara’s president earlier this year – has been appointed to serve as interim president at St. John’s University starting Aug. 1., while St. John’s conducts a national search for its next president.

Longtime St. John’s president Rev. Donald J. Harrington announced in May – amid a corruption scandal at the university – that he will retire July 31.

Levesque has a longstanding relationship with St. John’s, including time as a member and chairman of the board of trustees.

After his stint at St. John’s is over, Levesque is expected to return to Niagara, where he was given the title of president emeritus.

Meanwhile, Niagara’s new president, the Rev. James J. Maher, also will begin his new position on Aug. 1.