About the Position

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

The University at Buffalo (UB) invites inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). A member of the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the largest and most comprehensive public research university in the State University of New York (SUNY) system, UB is an internationally renowned center for academic excellence. The dean of the College of Arts and Sciences will be a member of the university’s senior leadership team, working with the university’s president, provost, and other deans and senior leaders to advance the university’s ambitious vision for excellence in teaching, research and engagement.

The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest and most diverse academic unit on campus, delivering the majority of UB’s undergraduate credit hours, graduating approximately half of UB’s doctoral students per year and spanning the full range of the liberal arts. As the chief academic and administrative officer of the college, the dean reports to the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, and is responsible for providing overall leadership to the college to promote academic excellence and advance its national and international prominence in research, and in graduate and undergraduate education.

The University at Buffalo is seeking a visionary leader with a strong commitment to liberal arts education in the 21st century and with the ability to create a vision and be an advocate across the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences. The ideal candidate will be an individual of integrity, an advocate for the college and the university, a creative problem-solver, and an engaged partner in building and enhancing relationships with the college’s many constituencies, including alumni and the larger community.

The dean should have substantial leadership experience in a distinguished academic or comparable setting and the capacity to formulate and articulate a shared vision, persuade a wide range of audiences of its value, and engage others in its implementation. He or she will have significant academic credentials, including a record of distinguished research, scholarly and/or creative accomplishment, and excellence in teaching and service appropriate to appointment at the rank of full professor in the arts, humanities, sciences or social sciences at a research university.

In addition, candidates should demonstrate significant capacity for and a clear vision for progress in the following areas:

  • Leading the college in actively recruiting outstanding new faculty and retaining the college’s excellent faculty
  • Fostering a diverse and inclusive community of faculty, staff and students with varying cultures, backgrounds and perspectives
  • Maintaining the highest standards of quality through, and ensuring the integrity and clarity of, the tenure and promotion processes, while working with faculty and established guidelines
  • Ensuring that programs are in place to nurture students and enhance their opportunities for success
  • Working with faculty to define and articulate the specific strategies and provisions for the college within the university’s strategic plan, UB 2020
  • Reaching deliberative decisions that impacted stakeholders can respect
  • Ensuring resourceful and sound financial, structural and human resources management for the college
  • Serving as an enthusiastic and effective advocate for the college and university to internal and external constituencies, and widely promoting the accomplishments of faculty, students, alumni and programs
  • Devoting substantial effort to alumni engagement and development activities in order to generate additional resources for the college

Applications and nominations should be submitted as indicated at the end of this profile.

College of Arts and Sciences


Embedded in a large public research university with a strong commitment to the liberal arts, the College of Arts and Sciences continuously works to provide unrivaled resources for education, scholarship, research, creative work and engagement. Established in 1913, CAS has a mission to engage in research, scholarship and creative activities in the arts and humanities, sciences, and social sciences; to provide excellent programs of undergraduate and graduate education in the liberal arts; and to engage the larger community through CAS’s scholarly activities.

The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest and most diverse academic unit at the University at Buffalo, with 27 departments, 15 academic programs and numerous centers and institutes. CAS provides cultural exhibitions, performances and educational programs for UB and the Western New York community through its numerous galleries and performance venues. In total, the college employs more than 960 faculty and staff, and CAS’s more than 470 tenured and tenure-track faculty members are nationally and internationally recognized for their outstanding teaching and research.

The academic heart of the university, the college delivers approximately 25,000 graduate credit hours and 325,000 undergraduate credit hours each year. College instruction represents nearly two-thirds of all undergraduate credit hours at UB and accounts for more than 8,000 undergraduate majors and graduate students. Eighty-two percent of CAS classes have fewer than 50 students, and 56 percent have fewer than 30. The undergraduate student to faculty ratio in CAS is 12:1. CAS annually awards the highest number of doctoral degrees at the university.

Students are attracted to UB and the college because of the vibrant intellectual environment and the unrivaled opportunities we offer. The College of Arts and Sciences take pride in and is recognized for its high-quality, high-value degree programs that prepare students for fulfilling careers. The college is committed to providing experiential opportunities for students and many participate in performance, research or laboratory work with faculty members. CAS students are also active in our communities, tutoring in Buffalo’s public schools, and offering summer programs for K-12 students in the arts, sciences and health informatics.

The college boasts a distinguished track record in cutting-edge academic research and is internationally recognized for excellence in several areas, including contemporary music, visual arts and poetry. The college’s strategic plan, CAS@20, seeks to grow CAS faculty strength and productivity, enhance educational opportunities for CAS students, and advance the college’s and university’s reputational standing among the nation’s leading public research universities. 


From 2001-2008, a favorable budget situation and a number of retirements allowed the College of Arts and Sciences to grow in faculty size by 21 percent to its current count of 470 tenured and tenure-track faculty members. Due to that growth, today more than two-thirds of the entire college faculty have joined UB since 2001.

The college faculty currently has more than 40 professors (including emeritus) who have been promoted to the SUNY Distinguished Ranks—the highest academic rank in the State University of New York system. CAS faculty members occupy leadership roles in numerous professional organizations and serve in editorial positions for scholarly journals in their fields. They are nationally and internationally known for their outstanding teaching and research, scholarship and creative activities.

CAS faculty members are fellows in many professional societies and organizations, and have received competitive fellowships and grants from foundations and organizations such as the Sloan Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies, Humboldt Foundation, Fulbright Commission, Guggenheim Foundation, Max Planck Institutes, Mellon Foundation, National Endowments for the Humanities and the Arts, National Humanities Center, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and Radcliffe Institute.

Their excellence in scholarship, research and creative achievements has earned them prestigious awards and honors from U.S. and international government entities, professional associations, academies and foundations. The university’s annual progress report, The List, offers a glimpse of only some of the myriad accomplishments and recognitions of the CAS faculty in the last year.

As leading scholars in their fields, CAS faculty members publish their findings in respected academic journals in their disciplines and are frequently recognized for their expertise and quoted in news outlets throughout the world. CAS faculty are creative and innovative. Their research, scholarship and creative activities define and approach the challenges and questions of our time. 

Research, Creative Activity, Centers and Institutes

The University at Buffalo is actively implementing a long-range strategic vision—known as UB 2020—focused on pursuing sustained research and educational excellence, achieving greater efficiency across campus operations, and expanding the university’s engagement and impact locally as well as globally. A key element of UB 2020 has been to promote and support collaborative, cross-disciplinary research in areas of existing faculty strength, dedicated to addressing the most critical issues, ideas and challenges of our time.

Recently, UB launched the Communities of Excellence—multidisciplinary scholarly communities focused on addressing large-scale societal challenges through exceptional research, education and engagement. Through the Communities, UB is making an institutional investment in cross-disciplinary areas where the university has considerable research strength and tremendous potential impact, both regionally and globally. Integrated with the traditional departmental structure, the Communities of Excellence provide a framework for participating faculty to leverage institutional resources, facilities and research infrastructure. The model for the Communities, UB’s Research and Education in eNergy, Environment and Water (RENEW) Institute, was launched in 2014. UB RENEW was joined by three Communities of Excellence in the spring of 2015: Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robotic Technologies (SMART); The Genome, the Environment and the Microbiome (GEM); and Global Health Equity. The College of Arts and Sciences is a direct participant in all four Communities of Excellence and is expected to partner in future Communities of Excellence proposals and university-wide strategic initiatives.

In 2014, CAS faculty research expenditures totaled more than $25 million. As UB’s largest academic unit, the college is an integral participant in multidisciplinary initiatives across campus, including the Center for Computational Research and New York State Centers of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences and Materials Informatics. In addition, CAS hosts numerous centers, institutes and cultural institutions that foster interdisciplinary research and teaching and community engagement.

Among these are several that support activities in the arts and humanities, including the recently renovated Center for the Arts, a multi-purpose facility that provides studio space for the fine and performing arts departments at UB, and also offers a range of high-quality performing and visual arts and other events for the university and local communities. Also connecting UB with the Buffalo cultural community is the recently launched Creative Arts Initiative (CAI), a collaboration with local arts institutions and organizations to promote the creation of new work and foster interactions and collaborations among students, faculty, visiting artists and the community; and the Robert and Carol Morris Center for 21st Century Music, which hosts several festivals, series and learning opportunities. In the humanities, UB’s Humanities Institute supports research and provides a forum for conversations among humanists of all disciplines. UB’s Center for the Moving Image, Techné Institute and Coalesce: Center for Biological Arts explore the fusion of art, technology and/or science in creative work, scholarship and education.

CAS hosts or collaborates with several centers, institutes and programs that support and promote interdisciplinary and applied research in the sciences. These include the cutting-edge Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics and the Computational Data Science and Engineering degree program. Similarly, UB’s recently launched Department of Materials Design and Innovation, a collaborative effort between CAS and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, leverages UB’s faculty strengths across disciplines to meet national demands for accelerated materials discovery and development through research and education. College faculty and students also participate in university-wide multidisciplinary research centers and institutes, such the NSF Science and Technology Center Biology with X-ray Free Electron Lasers (BioXFEL) and the Buffalo Institute for Genomics and Data Analytics (BIG).  

CAS also has a number of centers and institutes in the social sciences that contribute to UB’s strength and identity as a truly global university, committed to developing an international perspective in our students and impacting the world through our research. These include the Center for European Studies devoted to research and intellectual exchange among faculty and students on political, cultural and social transformations of contemporary Europe; the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, which supports a range of GIScience research grants and programs on campus and collaborates with a multi-campus national consortium; and the Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology, which will host a major visiting scholars conference in Buffalo in 2016.

More information about these and the college’s numerous other research centers and institutes is available here. Information regarding UB’s university-wide research centers, institutes and support can be found here.


The academic heart of UB, the College of Arts and Sciences offers students a liberal arts education within a major research university. Each year CAS awards approximately 2,800 undergraduate degrees, 390 master’s degrees and 150 doctoral degrees. In fall semester 2015, the college had 6,330 undergraduate majors, 572 master’s and 1,142 doctoral students enrolled.

CAS comprises 27 departments focusing on areas of study in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. Through these departments and 15 interdisciplinary degree granting programs, CAS offers a total of 206 degree programs. Currently, the largest programs by degree level are:




Biological Sciences

Interdisciplinary Social Sciences



Communicative Disorders and Sciences











Internationally, the College of Arts and Sciences offers bachelor’s degrees in communication, economics, international trade, psychology and sociology in Singapore in collaboration with the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM); and a unique joint master’s program in Canadian-American Studies with Brock University. UB and CAS also offer students a broad range of study abroad opportunities.

The CAS faculty are dedicated to their educational mission and the mentoring of students. Recently, CAS students have received Marshall, Fulbright, Goldwater and David L. Boren scholarships, and Schlumberger Foundation, American Association of University Women, Leakey Foundation and National Science Foundation fellowships and grants. They have also been recognized with numerous awards and honors, including Outstanding Winners in the 2015 Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications, first-place winners at the international AED Neuland award competition, and visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome. CAS students establish themselves as emerging leaders within the many communities we serve.

Outstanding CAS students can apply to the University Honors College which offers its students a small college experience and closer connections with UB faculty, with an emphasis on experiential learning, research and creative activities, internships and study abroad programs. The five Undergraduate Academies, open to all students, are communities of students who share common goals and similar interests organized around timely themes. Students in the Academies benefit from seminar class experiences, living-learning communities numerous special events.

The College of Arts and Sciences is the locus for a liberal arts education at UB. A liberal education includes fostering an ability to think critically, reason carefully and communicate effectively. In today’s global economy, it also includes preparing students for a world without boundaries, connected and always online, and engaged in intense competition for every potential gain.

To meet the needs and interests of today’s students and to best prepare them to be productive, global citizens, UB is pursuing several educational initiatives that directly affect CAS. The largest of these initiatives is the UB Curriculum, UB’s new general education program, which will also potentially attract new students to liberal arts degree programs. The UB Curriculum delivers the liberal arts in a new way, spans the entire university, and introduces students to tenured and tenure-track faculty earlier in their studies. UB Curriculum’s innovative thematic pathways of courses and digital portfolio capstone break from the static disciplines to draw students in and show them how the perspective and skills they develop in individual classes are interrelated and applicable across subjects. The curriculum is designed to develop in students the traits needed to thrive in our complex and global society, including an international perspective, appreciation for human and cultural diversity, and a desire to be lifelong learners. Faculty are currently developing courses for the UB Curriculum and it is set to launch in Fall 2016.

The College of Arts and Sciences has been integral in the successful implementation of UB’s nationally recognized Finish in 4 program, which was launched in 2012. Through this innovative program, UB has committed to providing participating students with the resources and guidance needed to complete their undergraduate degrees in four years. Making this commitment required the addition of more than 300 course sections and 10,000 seats in key courses, most of which were in CAS. Since the implementation of Finish in 4, UB’s 4-year graduation rate has risen from 43 percent to 52 percent, significantly exceeding the national average. UB is currently exploring expanding Finish in 4 to all incoming freshmen, with the college playing an essential role in implementation.

Like liberal arts colleges and schools around the nation, in the past few years, the College of Arts and Sciences has seen shifting interest in degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, with declining enrollment across the liberal arts and especially in the arts and humanities. CAS has taken a proactive approach in response to this issue. The college has initiated the development of many new degree programs, primarily at the master’s level, collectively referred to as Pathways. The Pathways programs provide new opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations and links, focus on approaching problems, align with careers, develop targeted skills, and build on our faculty and institutional strengths.

Recent examples of curricular innovation in the college include the establishment of the departments of Jewish Thought, and Materials Design and Innovation, and numerous programs under the umbrella of Transnational Studies, including a Canadian Studies program that takes strategic advantage of New York’s border status with two Canadian provinces to explore and enhance understanding of this important binational relationship.

To best prepare our students for successful careers, we aim to provide all of our students the opportunity to participate in experiential learning activities. The college has worked to increase service-learning, internship, research and study abroad opportunities for students, including expanding departmental opportunities for meaningful capstone experiences in majors. Emerging opportunities include the CAI Arts One undergraduate course that allows students to engage directly with artists, members of Buffalo’s cultural community and artworks; and the Blackstone LaunchPad program that provides entrepreneurial opportunities for students across the disciplines. These kinds of opportunities will continue to increase in CAS and across the university.

Engagement and Community Impact

The College of Arts and Sciences encourages faculty, staff and students to make a difference in our regional and global communities through teaching, research and service programs, recognizing the importance of integrated engagement as vital to UB’s mission. Faculty scholarship impacts lives around the globe, while locally the college’s activities touch its neighbors across Western New York, from the Buffalo Public Schools to Roswell Park Cancer Institute to local galleries and studios.

The Center for the Arts, Humanities Institute and Robert and Carol Morris Center for 21st Century Music have established themselves as important entities supporting the arts and humanities in the region, promoting research and intellectual exchange across many disciplines.. Building on Buffalo’s and UB’s rich legacy of artistic and cultural innovation, these centers and institutes, along with UB’s recently launched Creative Arts Initiative (CAI), bring together community organizations, artists and faculty to promote innovative scholarship, creative production and learning opportunities. The Center for the Arts, which contains art, theater and music performance venues, as well as the UB Anderson Gallery, Lippes Concert Hall and Marian E. White Anthropology Research Museum host many thousands of visitors annually for performances and exhibitions.

College of Arts and Sciences faculty and students are especially active in Buffalo-area K-12 schools. For example, in partnership with other Buffalo educational institutions and organizations, the UB-led Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Partnership (ISEP) seeks to improve STEM education in the Buffalo Public Schools by providing teacher training and hands-on education to students. Techné’s Art, Robots, & Technology for Youth (ARYT) summer robot workshop, Science Exploration Day for Western New York High School students, and the Department of Chemistry’s national Crystal Growing Competition for K-12 students also promote early STEM education. Through Bridging Communities through Dance, faculty and students from the Department of Theatre and Dance bring dance education to area schools.  

CAS faculty and students are also involved in regional economic development and in the development of technologies that change the world. The Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics; Department of Materials Design and Innovation; Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics; Canada-United States Trade Center; and Center for Excellence on Human Capital, Technology Transfer, and Economic Growth and Development are important partners in understanding, supporting and contributing to the economic revitalization that Buffalo is enjoying.

These are just a few examples of the many ways that college faculty and students are engaging the community to enrich the lives of people in Western New York and beyond and to solve the problems of today. 


Approximately 90,000 CAS alumni are making a difference in every state and 117 countries around the world. Among the college’s celebrated graduates are CNN’s senior anchor and host; the co-founder of Miramax Films; the CEO of Paramount Pictures; the former CEO of A&E Television Network; The Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist; and 2016 American Chemical Society President-elect Allison Campbell.

College of Arts & Sciences Addressable Alumni

Living in WNY: 30,881 or 33%

Living in NYS (beyond WNY): 25,457 or 27%

Living in US (beyond NYS): 33,287 or 36%

Living Overseas: 3,104 or 3%

TOTAL: 92,729 or 100%

UB Overview

Impactful research, scholarly distinction, transformative student experiences and far-reaching service to local, state, national and international communities define UB’s mission as a premier research-intensive public university. UB was founded in 1846 as a private medical college located in downtown Buffalo and joined SUNY in 1962. SUNY is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, comprising 64 campuses with a total enrollment of approximately 463,000 students; UB is the largest and most comprehensive public research university within the SUNY system. In 1989, UB was among the first public universities in the Northeast to be admitted into the Association of American Universities (AAU), joining North America’s other leading research universities.

UB enrolls close to 30,000 students (approximately two-thirds undergraduate and one-third graduate and professional students), and offers nearly 400 degree programs at the baccalaureate, master’s, professional and doctoral levels across its 12 decanal units. UB is a global community of scholars, consistently ranking among the nation’s top 20 universities for the enrollment of international students—which includes over 2,000 international students who are enrolled in CAS degree programs. The university enjoys a strong international presence, maintaining affiliation agreements with more than 80 universities in Asia, Europe, Latin America and Africa. UB’s approximately 240,000 alumni live in over 145 nations worldwide.

UB has a distinguished faculty of approximately 1,600 full-time members and almost 750 part‑time members. With more than 150 research centers and institutes, UB’s current annual research expenditures, including affiliated institutions, exceed $386 million. The Libraries hold four million volumes in eight libraries and provide access to 100,000 full-text e‑journals and 800,000 e-books.

UB’s academic programs and facilities are located on three distinct campuses in the Buffalo metropolitan area. UB’s North Campus, located in the Buffalo suburb of Amherst, is the university’s main undergraduate campus, and home to the university’s primary athletics and cultural facilities. Three miles to the south, on the northern edge of the City of Buffalo, is the university’s historic South Campus, which serves as the primary health sciences campus. UB also has a rapidly developing third campus center in downtown Buffalo. The focal point of UB’s downtown presence is the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, on which UB’s new medical school facility will be constructed in proximity to the university’s health and life science partners (anticipated completion date of 2017).

Recognizing the key role that a vibrant 21st-century physical campus environment plays in enhancing education, research and learning, as part of the UB 2020 vision, UB is implementing a long-range plan for enhancing its North, South and Downtown campus spaces and connecting them more effectively to their surrounding communities. The centerpiece of this plan is the Heart of the Campus project, the first phase of which began on the North Campus in 2014. The Heart of the Campus project will build a sense of place at the center of the North Campus, enhance coordination of student support services, offer new opportunities for collaboration outside the classroom, and enhance the student learning experience. The ongoing first phase of the project focuses on creating a 21st-century library experience in the undergraduate library.

With annual revenues that exceed $1.2 billion from all sources, UB and its affiliated entities generate an estimated economic impact of $2.18 billion annually in New York State. The university’s total workforce of almost 6,800 full-time equivalent employees makes it one of the region’s largest employers. UB is also a leader and an active partner with the more than 20 public and private colleges and universities in the Buffalo-Niagara region. 

Opportunities and Challenges

The successful dean will address the following Opportunities and Challenges that are central to the college’s future success:

Foster faculty excellence and recognition in research, scholarship, creative activities and education

As an academic and administrative leader, the dean must provide visionary, collaborative and inspiring leadership in supporting faculty excellence in education, research and service. He or she must have an understanding of and respect for the diversity of disciplines in the college, including an awareness of how the benchmarks, challenges and opportunities vary across the arts and sciences. The dean will play a central role in the ongoing support and development of all faculty members in their roles of teaching, research and creative activities, and service. He or she will seek creative ways to use college, university and SUNY resources to recruit, retain and support faculty activities and development. In addition, the dean will encourage faculty to seek prestigious fellowships, awards, grants and recognitions, and develop strategies to support and increase this kind of recognition. 

Foster a diverse and inclusive community

Diversity, inclusion and mutual respect are essential core values at the foundation of UB’s community. As the university’s largest academic unit, CAS is also one of its most diverse, particularly with regard to international student enrollment. The new dean must demonstrate a vision as well as a record of success in recruiting, supporting, mentoring and retaining faculty, staff and students from diverse cultures, backgrounds and perspectives.

Develop innovative strategic enrollment growth opportunities

The dean will have a broad understanding of the liberal arts and of the distinctive issues currently faced by the arts and humanities, social sciences, and sciences at public universities. This leader must be creative, flexible, innovative and willing to meet these challenges with new ideas and optimism. This includes finding ways to increase and leverage resources in order to consistently maximize opportunities for enrollment growth, and working with faculty to develop programs and experiences that represent unique and distinctive areas of excellence. 

Develop and implement innovative academic programs aligned with college strengths and student interest and needs

The dean will have a unique opportunity to transform the student experience and make the college a leader in the changing landscape of higher education through the implementation of innovative educational programs, including the new UB Curriculum, Pathways programs, increased experiential learning and international experience opportunities, and potential expansion of Finish in 4. This will require a strong vision for liberal arts education at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the 21st century, a deep understanding of the nature of competition in education, and the ability to manage a portfolio of educational programs in response to that competition.

Through a collegial exchange, the dean will develop processes to continually evaluate academic programs, seek to make good programs better, modify less effective programs and highlight distinctive college programs. In addition, he or she will lead initiatives to develop new programs, as appropriate, including interdisciplinary programs with other units on campus and also innovative programs that may not conform to existing academic structures. 

Encourage and support interdisciplinary connections across college departments and university-wide

The dean will guide and collaborate with the faculty to identify places where the college’s departments can work together and excel. While the dean’s central responsibility is the success of the College of Arts and Sciences, he or she is also a leader in the UB community at large. The dean will be supportive of UB’s trans- and interdisciplinary research and educational programs, promote faculty participation in them, and actively engage in advancing and developing new opportunities for future partnerships for the mutual benefit of the units involved, and to advance the overall strategic priorities of UB.

College faculty are already integral partners in a wide variety of innovative research, education and service initiatives with many of the other schools in the university. The dean will encourage continued and increased faculty engagement in UB’s interdisciplinary initiatives and opportunities. 

Strengthen the college’s engagement with local, national and global communities

The university and college are vital participants in Buffalo’s economic resurgence and vibrant cultural community. The dean will be a visible representative of the college, enhancing engagement with local, national and international organizations, the media and government partners to strengthen the college’s and university’s central role in the creation of a strong, sustainable knowledge economy as part of Buffalo’s economic resurgence. The dean will promote and support faculty, student and staff research, scholarship, creative activities, educational opportunities and engagement activities that make an impact in Buffalo and around the world.

Within the local business community, UB has well-established ties with major partners such as Praxair, DuPont, Lockheed Martin, Moog and Greatbatch and is also making a mark in the areas of health sciences, advanced manufacturing, materials informatics, life sciences and clean energy as exemplified through the critical research and development activities undertaken by the New York State Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics and the new Department of Materials Design and Innovation. The dean should play an active role in supporting and promoting College of Arts and Sciences faculty involvement in these targeted sectors of growth, and in interdisciplinary initiatives that are engaged in our communities. 

Advance Alumni Relations and Philanthropic Support

Now more than ever, universities engage alumni and friends as strategic partners to achieve their goals. Alumni represent one of the college’s greatest resources, impacting its efforts in recruitment, community engagement, research, career services and placement, and philanthropy. Partnerships are vital to enriching the student experience and ensuring impact on the college’s programs now and into the future. With over 90,000 living alumni in 117 countries, the college is committed to staying connected to this powerful network. Significant strides have been made in recent years in connecting with and involving college alumni, like enhancing the relationship and role with its active Dean’s Advisory Council, building a young alumni program, and hosting a greatly enlarged number of alumni activities both in the Buffalo Niagara region and around the nation and the globe. Professional staff has been increased to support alumni and philanthropic activities in the college. The dean will be expected to continue this progress and momentum, serving as a leader and active champion for advancement efforts on behalf of the college.

UB leadership

Satish K. Tripathi, President

Internationally recognized as an accomplished researcher and transformative higher education leader, Dr. Satish K. Tripathi was appointed the 15th president of the University at Buffalo on April 18, 2011.

Dr. Tripathi, who served as UB’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs from 2004-2011, was one of the principal creators of the UB 2020 strategic plan to achieve academic excellence, and has led the university to achieve significant growth in research and scholarly activity, enhanced student quality and diversity, and an expanded international presence. Building on this strong foundation, Dr. Tripathi’s vision for UB’s future focuses on moving the university into the highest ranks of the nation’s leading research universities through expanding its reach and impact locally as well as globally.

The first international-born president in UB’s history, Dr. Tripathi served as dean of the Bourns College of Engineering at the University of California-Riverside prior to coming to UB. Previously, he was a professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Maryland, where his 19-year tenure as a faculty member included serving as chair from 1988-95. A fellow of IEEE and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he was awarded the honorary doctorate of sciences from the prestigious Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad.

An active leader in the national higher education community, Dr. Tripathi is a member of the Mid‑American Conference’s Council of Presidents Executive Committee and serves on the boards of directors of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, Association of American Universities (AAU) and American Public Land-Grant Universities (APLU). Among his numerous community leadership roles, Dr. Tripathi serves on the boards of directors of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership and Great Lakes Health, and was appointed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo as co-chair of the Regional Economic Development Council for Western New York. 

Charles F. Zukoski, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

An internationally renowned scholar in chemical engineering who is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and was named one of the Hundred Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Dr. Charles F. Zukoski was appointed provost and executive vice president for academic affairs on June 1, 2012. As the university’s second-ranking officer, the provost is responsible for leading the development and implementation of the university’s academic vision captured in UB 2020. Since 2012, Provost Zukoski has actively engaged the campus in a vigorous conversation about the future of higher education, how to make UB more competitive in a changing world, how to prepare graduates to be active and responsible global leaders, and how UB can have a larger and more significant local and global impact. Provost Zukoski joined UB from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he served as vice chancellor for research and Elio Eliakim Tarika Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Reed College and a PhD in chemical engineering from Princeton University. 

Buffalo Niagara

As a world-renowned research university, UB has seen its intellectual capital and innovation play a vital role in Buffalo’s resurgence as a thriving city that is a magnet for the talented professionals, artists, entrepreneurs and innovators who recognize the tremendous energy and momentum gathering here. Home to one of the nation’s fastest growing populations of college graduates, the Buffalo-Niagara region, with 1.1 million residents, is the state’s second largest major metropolitan area, exceeded only by New York City. The region includes a diverse blend of communities, each with its own distinct personality, yet commonly characterized by a distinctly neighborly way of life, an unpretentious nature and spirited loyalty among residents. Buffalo’s own strong sense of community, easy lifestyle and affordability regularly place it in top ten lists from a variety of national publications for its overall quality of life.

Buffalo offers an impressive array of cultural and recreational opportunities uncommon for a region of its size. Buffalo’s rich cultural resources reflect its distinguished history and a commitment to sustaining the arts, including the Grammy-Award winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; the world-class collection of modern painting and sculpture at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery; an extensive array of historic architectural treasures designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, H.H. Richardson, Louis Sullivan, and Eero and Eliel Saarinen; and an expansive park system (including Delaware Park), considered to be the very best work of designer Frederick Law Olmsted. The city is home to the state’s largest concentration of theaters outside of New York City. Buffalo is a family friendly, livable and affordable city, with Niagara Falls, one of the major tourist attractions of the world, a short drive away. Buffalo is close to two significant wine growing regions—Niagara Escarpment and the Finger Lakes region. In addition, the Adirondack Mountains are half-a-day’s drive from Buffalo.

Rich in natural resources and beauty, the Buffalo-Niagara area is a four-season region that offers the best for seasonal sports enthusiasts. University at Buffalo fans enjoy a full complement of NCAA Division I sports with the UB Bulls, as well as the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, Triple-A baseball’s Buffalo Bisons and the National Lacrosse League’s Buffalo Bandits.

Less than a two-hour drive from Buffalo across the United States-Canada border is Toronto, one of North America’s great cultural, entertainment and financial centers. Buffalo is also ideally located for easy access to many of America’s greatest cities. The Buffalo-Niagara International Airport offers direct flights to more than 20 cities, including New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago and Washington, D.C., all only an hour’s flight time away.

Buffalo’s resurgence is making national headlines, and UB is playing a central role in the creation of a strong, sustainable knowledge economy and thriving entrepreneurial culture that are driving this revitalization. Exemplified and driven by the centrally located Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and UB’s new medical school facility, Buffalo is experiencing a period of tremendous progress and momentum, as well as unprecedented regional investments in the industries of the future, and in the assets that ensure a satisfying quality of life for all its citizens.

Nomination and application procedures

Additional information can be found at the College of Arts and Sciences website or the search website.

Nominations and applications are now being accepted. Interested individuals should provide a curriculum vitae and an optional letter describing their interest in and qualifications for the position. All nominations and applications should be sent electronically via email (Microsoft Word or PDF attachments strongly preferred) to:

Dr. Jett Pihakis

Executive Director of the Education, Diversity and Not-for-Profit Practices

Russell Reynolds Associates


All materials and inquiries will be held in strict confidence until the final stages of the search, at which time the express permission of the finalists will be obtained before making their candidacy public. References will not be contacted without the prior knowledge and approval of the candidate.

Compensation for this position is highly competitive. It is anticipated that the dean will begin service by the start of the 2016-2017 academic year. Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until a dean of the College of Arts and Sciences is appointed. 

The University at Buffalo is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic university community committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. Potential applicants who share this goal, including veterans and individuals with disabilities, are encouraged to apply.