UB Athletics

Committee Roster and Search Details

Search Committee

Jonathan Dandes

Co-Chair, Search Committee

President, Buffalo Bisons Baseball and Rich Baseball Operations

UB Council Member

Beth Del Genio, PhD ‘01

Co-Chair, Search Committee

Chief of Staff to the President

Jim Atwood

SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Chemistry

Faculty Athletics Representative

Laura Barnum, MBA ‘00, BS ‘93

Associate Vice President, Resource Planning

Blair Brown Lipsitz

Head Coach, Women’s Volleyball

Greg Bauer, BS ‘82

Founder & President, Employer Services Corporation

Chair, UB Foundation Board

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, Retired

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

*Degree notations indicate UB alumni

Contact the Search Committee

The search committee for the position of vice president for philanthropy and alumni engagement welcomes input and questions from the campus and community at any time during the search process.

Please offer your feedback, thoughts or questions on the search here.

Search Consultants

We have secured the services of Parker Executive Search to assist the search committee. Daniel Parker will be the principal from the firm working on this search assisted by Grant Higgison. Daniel leads Parker Executive Search’s Sports practice focusing collegiate athletic director searches, and collegiate basketball, baseball, and football head coach searches. 

Application and Nomination Procedures

The University at Buffalo invites letters of nomination, applications, or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the University. Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. For full consideration, application materials should be submitted at Parker Executive Search’s website by March 1, 2018. For additional information please contact:


Daniel Parker, Vice President and Managing Director

Grant Higgison, Associate: ghiggison@parkersearch.com

Parker Executive Search

770-804-1996 ext. 118