Lev J. Kubiak ’88 was elected the 14th lay alumni of Mercyhurst to serve as a trustee of the university at the board of trustees meeting on May 4, 2013. He comes by his interest in academic affairs honestly. He is the son of retired history Professor Richard Kubiak (1962-1998) — perhaps one of the most rigorous, no-nonsense professors of his day, who demanded the highest of standards in his classroom during his 36-year teaching career. The senior Kubiak is a legend in Mercyhurst academic history and rapidly following in those footsteps is his son, Lev, the current director for the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center in Arlington, Va. His mother is Elizabeth A. (Yonushonis) Kubiak ’63, a graduate of Mercyhurst’s cadet teachers program.
The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center consists of 17 key U.S. investigative agencies and two international partners. It stands at the forefront of the U.S. government’s response to global intellectual property theft. Kubiak also oversees the Homeland Security Investigations’ trade enforcement program.
Lev has been a President’s Associate of the college and university since March 2007, and has served for five consecutive years on the Trustee Committee on Academic Affairs. He was nominated for trusteeship by Atty. Richard A. Lanzillo ‘ 83, who currently serves as vice chair of the board and chair of the Committee on Academic Affairs. Kubiak graduated from Mercyhurst Prep in 1984 and received a bachelor‘s degree cum laude in English literature and contemporary world studies from Mercyhurst University in 1988. He went on to earn a master’s degree in public administration at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., where he later was an adjunct faculty member. He has also studied at Georgetown University’s Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems and in the Executive Leadership Program at Harvard University School of Government
Highly polished in presentation skills, thoughtful analysis, and critical thinking, he has brought pride to the alumni roster of Mercyhurst through the years by consistently moving upward in his government career since 1992 when he joined the U.S. Customs Service’s Office of Labor and Employee Relations in Washington, D.C. He became a special agent in the agency’s Detroit Office in 1995. He later served as deputy assistant director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of International Affairs, overseeing the international policy and programs division. He also served as special agent in charge of the Buffalo office of Homeland Security Investigations.
On every issue that has come before the Committee on Academic Affairs since 2008, Kubiak has brought thoughtful commentary, from Core Curriculum to Calendar, tenure, incorporation of the Mercyhurst in Ireland program, creation of the Booker T. Washington Center, and the work of the Austen report analyses. He has been personally involved with exploring how to better engage alumni in programs that could benefit the institution’s departments, with long-range effects on strengthening alumni relations and alumni advancement.