Capen Hall houses the Office of the President and other administrative offices. Lower floors house the University Libraries Administration, the Undergraduate Library, the Science and Engineering Library, and the University Archives.
Samuel P. Capen (1878-1956) served from 1922 to 1950 as the
university's first full-time chancellor. He created a university
out of a set of disparate professional schools, integrating
undergraduate education in a distinctive manner. A leader in
American educational policy, Dr. Capen was a proponent of the idea
that students should study a broad array of arts and sciences in
addition to their chosen fields of expertise.Nearly 50 years after
his death, he is still remembered for his keen intellect and
decisive leadership. Throughout his UB career, he championed
academic freedom and was an innovator in liberal arts education, as
well. By the time of his retirement from UB, he was a nationally
known authority in college and university planning.