UB: A Community of Leaders, a Leadership Institution
In the fall of 1992a year after first taking office in September 1991I gave my inaugural address as UBís 13th president. In preparing those remarks, I was faced with the daunting task of verbally encapsulating our university community in all its richness and diversity, and succinctly defining what the leadership of such a community means for me. Now, looking back and taking stock of all that our university family has accomplished together during that time, I find myself faced with a similar challenge. The heart of this challenge lies in the fact that UBís voice and its leadership ultimately come from withinnot from one individual, but from our wonderfully multidimensional community in its entirety.
In that inaugural address, I spoke to the notion of communal leadership in this way: "Today is an inaugural day for a president, but even more, it is a day for us to celebrate the great traditions of which wethe people of this universityare part, and which it is our collective obligation to extend and advance for the benefit of generations yet to come."
Many Septembers later, I am even more firmly convinced that university leadership is an ongoing team effort. On a daily basis, our UB community has proven that the key to our universityís success in the here-and-now is to keep our collective eye on the big picture, remaining mindful both of the rich institutional history we build on and of the unseen future inheritors of the traditions we will pass on.
As valued members of our UB community, you have played, and will continue to play, a central role in UBís communal growth and leadership. The signs of your achievements are everywherenot only here on our two main campuses, but also in the communities we touch and the lives of the individuals we work with and serve.
This is just the start of a long list of initiatives our community has under way, and the future will bring continued and even greater success. Back at the beginning of my tenure as UBís 13th president, in that inaugural address I said, "We often characterize inaugurations as the end of one era and the start of another. But that desire for historical tidiness is inappropriate for universities. The life of an institution such as UB is not a series of discrete presidential epochs, but a continuum comprising the lives and work of the faculty, students, staff, alumni and friends of the university."
Each of you actively occupies an essential place in this continuum, and I thank you sincerely for your contributions to UB over the years. It has been my great honor and privilege to help guide this process of communal growth and leadership for a time. Now Carol and I look forward to continuing our contributions to our great university as I prepare to rejoin my colleagues in the faculty.
The days ahead are exciting ones for our UB community. I look forward to sharing them with you as we welcome UBís 14th president. For surely, for this community of leaders, the future holds unlimited potential.
William R. Greiner