Quinnipiac community mourns loss of VP

Dominic “Nick” Yoia, a long-time member of the Quinnipiac community, died on Tuesday, Feb. 26. He was 55.

Yoia served as associate vice president and director of financial aid in his time at Quinnipiac since his hire in 1999. He died overnight at his home in Wallingford.

Many students and faculty alike are devastated by the news.

“He would really do anything for anyone,” junior Phil Akre said, who worked with Yoia in the financial aid office. “I really hope that people know the kind of guy he was.”

Quinnipiac President Judy Olian sent an email to students on Wednesday morning offering support services to students, faculty and staff.

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In his 20-plus years at Quinnipiac, Yoia was often spotted supporting Quinnipiac Athletics.

“He and Marcia often attended basketball and hockey games at the People’s United Center and volleyball matches on Lender Court,” Olian said in her email.

Coaches and fans alike took to social media to honor Yoia as the regular seasons came to a close.

Yoia received a Center of Excellence award last year for his contribution to helping students on campus.

University officials have since created a scholarship fund — The Dominic Yoia Endowed Scholarship Fund — in his honor.

“He was passionate about all things Quinnipiac,” said Joan Mohr, former vice president for admissions and financial aid. “I think it’s a great tribute to have his name as part of Quinnipiac University.”

Yoia leaves behind his wife Marcia and two daughters Lindsay and Lauren, who both attended Quinnipiac.

Hannah Cotter