Athletic Director Search Announced

Published February 7, 2018

To: All UB Employees

From: Satish K. Tripathi, President

Dear University Community:

I am very pleased to announce that UB has officially launched the search for our next Director of Athletics.  The search committee will be co-chaired by Jonathan Dandes, BS ’74, UB Council member and President of Rich Baseball Operations and Beth Del Genio, PhD ’01, Chief of Staff to the President.  

The search committee includes UB senior leadership, staff, alumni and key external constituents. I am grateful to the members of this committee for their willingness to assist UB in recruiting an outstanding individual for this important leadership position.

In addition to the co-chairs, the search committee includes:

  • Jim Atwood, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Chemistry and Faculty Athletics Representative
  • Laura Barnum, MBA ’00, BS ’93, Associate Vice President, Resource Planning
  • Blair Brown Lipsitz, Head Coach, Women’s Volleyball
  • Mark Frank, BA ’83, Professor and Department Chair, Department of Communication
  • Rodney Grabowski, Vice President for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement
  • Nicolette Jacobs, Team Member, Softball, and President Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
  • Lance Leipold, Head Coach, Football
  • Thomas Murphy, BA ’69, Director of Sales, Graystar LLC
  • Bridget Niland, JD ’98, EdM ’98, BA ’95, Director of Youth Sports Initiatives, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
  • Devon Patterson, Team Member, Track & Field, and Vice President Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
  • Suzanne Rosenblith, Dean, Graduate School of Education
  • Cheryl Taplin, MS ’92, Senior Associate Vice Provost & Director of Student Success and Retention

To assist us with this effort, we have retained Parker Executive Search, a leading search firm with substantial expertise in higher education and sports practice recruiting as well as considerable familiarity with the UB community.

The search committee will begin their work right away, and we anticipate having an appointment made in within the spring semester. Throughout the coming months, Co-Chairs Dandes and Del Genio will update the university community on the committee’s progress. Information also will be available on the search website.


Satish K. Tripathi