James J. Maher, C.M., born in Maywood (New Jersey), is a Catholic priest of the Congregation of the Mission. He is Niagara University's 26th president since August 1, 2013. He succeeded the Very Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M.
In 1984, Maher received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from St. John's University. In 1989 he obtained a Master of Divinity and in 1990 a Master of Theology from Mary Immaculate Seminary, followed by a Doctor of Ministry from the Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology in 2004.
Father Maher pronounced his vows to the Vincentian community in May 1989 and was ordained to the priesthood on May 26, 1990.
Since then, he has been Campus Minister (1994-1999), Vice President for University Ministry (1999-2005), Vice President for Student Affairs (2004-2010), Executive Director of the Vincentian Institute for Social Action (2009-2010) and Executive Vice President for Mission and Student Services (2011-2013) at St. John's University.