BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Approval today of the University at Buffalo's
NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant application by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and
SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher provides a critical piece of funding
needed for UB to move ahead with its UB 2020 plan for academic
In securing the $35 million Challenge Grant -- together with
additional funding provided through the NYSUNY 2020 legislation
approved by the state legislature in June -- UB will move ahead
with plans to hire new faculty across the university, expand its
academic offerings and facilities for all students and relocate the
UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences to the Buffalo
Niagara Medical Campus.
"We are very thankful to Gov. Cuomo, SUNY Chancellor Nancy
Zimpher and the state legislature for their continued support over
the past year," said UB President Satish K. Tripathi. "This funding
will have a historic impact on our university -- one that will
transform the depth and scope of UB's academic and research
enterprise while significantly expanding our role in improving the
quality of life in Western New York."
With the funding provided by the Challenge Grant, and additional
funding provided through NYSUNY 2020 legislation, UB will
o Hire 300 new faculty in strategic areas to increase the
university's research output and the economic impact of UB
o Replace 300 faculty who will leave the university over the
next five years with 400 faculty to strengthen university programs
in all academic disciplines
o Improve academic support facilities to provide
state-of-the-art educational and research environments for faculty
o Move forward with the first phases of a $375 million plan to
relocate the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences to the
Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, where the UB school will be in
close proximity to UB's other assets on the medical campus: a new
Clinical and Translational Research Center and Educational
Opportunity Center now under construction; the new UB Downtown
Gateway (former M. Wile building); and the New York State Center of
Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences
Achieving these objectives, Tripathi said, will enhance the
quality of education for all UB students in all academic
disciplines, create new jobs in the region and improve health care
for all citizens of Western New York.
"Imagine what our community will look like when we realize this
next phase of UB 2020," Tripathi said. "Buffalo will be a
destination for world-class health care and research, new
businesses will be created through innovative research-industry
partnerships, thousands of new jobs will be created for our
region's people and we will attract more of the world's best
faculty and bright students into our region."
"The SUNY campuses continue to realize the benefits of Governor
Cuomo's vision and leadership for a stronger New York and a more
competitive public university system," said SUNY Chancellor Nancy
L. Zimpher. "By ensuring affordability, by hiring new faculty and
increasing access, and by moving the medical school downtown and
creating nearly 3,000 health care and construction jobs for Western
New York, the University at Buffalo's NYSUNY 2020 plan promises to
better serve students and positively impact both the local and
state economies. This is truly a proud day for the University at
Buffalo, for SUNY, and for all of New York State."
Next month, UB will begin contracting for design of a new
medical school. Site selection is expected to be completed in the
spring and building designs completed in April 2013. Construction
is anticipated to begin in September 2013 and be completed in the
fall of 2016.
UB's Challenge Grant funding adds to other efforts by Cuomo to
help revitalize the economy of Western New York, Tripathi noted.
Last week, the governor announced $100.3 million in funding for an
economic-development plan produced by the Western New York Regional
Economic Council, co-chaired by Tripathi and Buffalo businessman
Howard Zemsky. Nearly 10 percent of the funding will aid research
institutions on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, including the
Jacobs Institute, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the
Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute.
The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive
public university, a flagship institution in the State University
of New York system and its largest and most comprehensive campus.
UB's more than 28,000 students pursue their academic interests
through more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional
degree programs. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a
member of the Association of American Universities.