As Le Moyne College drafts a new strategic plan and lays the groundwork for a new comprehensive campaign, President Linda LeMura has announced that Jim Joseph ’83 has been named vice president for advancement and innovation, effective Jan 1, 2023. He will continue to serve as dean of the Madden School of Business, a position he has held since 2014.
In the vice presidential role, Joseph will be responsible for expanding major gifts, preparing the infrastructure for the upcoming campaign, widening the geographic footprint of Le Moyne’s engagement efforts, and cultivating the next generation of alumni philanthropists.
“From a philanthropic perspective, if a college is not innovating, it is not advancing,” said Joseph. “I am honored and excited by this new challenge and the opportunity to serve my alma mater in such a meaningful and significant way. This position will allow me to draw from my experience not only in the Madden School, but also in the private sector.”
One of the first initiatives he will tackle will be an intensive listening tour with faculty and administrators in the other two schools at Le Moyne - the Purcell School of Professional Studies and the College of Arts and Sciences. “My goal is to uncover opportunities in every corner of those two schools to find things that inspire philanthropy.”
According to LeMura, his joint appointment as vice president for advancement and innovation and dean of the Madden School will raise the profile of the entire College in philanthropic support and alumni relations. “Through his excellent work as dean, Jim has established a broad network among our most prolific and engaged alumni and benefactors in key business sectors, including finance and insurance,” said LeMura. “With the next capital campaign in the planning stages, our advancement efforts will be best served by a leader with deep roots in our community and a proven record of fundraising. As dean, Jim has helped the College secure transformative gifts that benefit faculty, students and the surrounding community.”
As dean, Joseph has overseen significant growth and development within the Madden School of Business. Under his leadership, the Madden School has advanced in a myriad of ways. These include:
- The founding of the McNeil Academy for Risk Management and Insurance (the school’s eighth undergraduate major);
- The creation of two endowed chairs – the John "Jack" Collins '60 Endowed Chair in Accounting and the John K. Purcell '65 Endowed Chair in Finance;
- The elevation of three disciplines in U.S. News national rankings – analytics (#17), finance (#44) and accounting (#44).
- Serving as a co-founder of the student-managed Dolphin Green & Gold Fund, LLC investment fund; since closing its initial offering of $750,000 in 2019, the value of the fund has grown to $1.1 million;
- The launching of a masters in information systems and the revamping of the MBA program;
- The establishment of four centers of excellence:
- The Savage-McGill Center for Reflective Leadership
- The Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity
- The Hetterich Center for Global Engagement and Impact
- The Poland Jesuit Center for Research and Teaching Innovation
Joseph joined Le Moyne in 2012 as the inaugural executive-in-residence for the Madden School before being named dean. Prior to joining Le Moyne, Joseph served as president and CEO of Oneida Ltd., one of the leading housewares brands in the world. He had been at Oneida since 1988 working in a variety of positions domestically and internationally. Early in his career, he was a Presidential Fellow working for the Reagan administration. In addition, Joseph spent the first years of his career with the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. A certified public accountant, he holds a Master’s Degree in public administration from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and a Bachelor’s of Science in accounting from Le Moyne. In May 2023, he will graduate as part of the inaugural cohort of Le Moyne’s Doctorate in Executive Leadership (Ed.D.) program.
To ensure a collective and integrated approach to Le Moyne’s advancement efforts as well as government, corporate and foundation relations, President LeMura will create two committees, one to focus on fundraising strategies and one to focus on corporate, government and foundation relations. The committees will include senior leaders of the College, the academic deans and faculty members. To support the Madden School of Business, the College will appoint a second associate dean, responsible for operations, within the business school.
Joseph succeeds Bill Brower ’P21, who has served as the College’s vice president for advancement since 2014. Brower will become special assistant to the president.