SUNY Buffalo State Oral Histories, 1975-1995
Interview with Dr. Leonard J. Poleszak


Interview with Dr. Leonard J. Poleszak


Sister Martin Joseph Jones

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Leonard Poleszak was born on March 4, 1928. He received his B.S. in Industrial Arts Education from the State University College at Buffalo in 1948, an Ed.M. in Secondary School Administration from the University of Buffalo in 1956, and a. Ed.D. in Industrial Education, Higher Education, and Student Training from Michigan State University in 1964.

Dr. Poleszak taught at two high schools before joining the U.S. Army Special Services in 1954. In 1956, he joined the State University College at Buffalo faculty as an assistant professor in the Industrial Arts Education Division. Dr. Poleszak retired in 1983 as professor of Behavioral and Humanistic Studies. He served as chair of that department from 1979 to 1983. During his time at the college he directed and supervised the college’s Teacher Corps Program from 1967 to 1970. Dr. Poleszak was a charter member of the board of directors of the Buffalo State College Foundation and served the foundation in many offices, including chair. He also served as liaison officer of the Alumni Association and as a member of its board of directors. Dr. Leonard Poleszak passed away March 3, 2009.


SUNY Buffalo State Oral History Project, 1975-1995

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Interview with Dr. Leonard J. Poleszak

Interview with Dr. Leonard J. Poleszak