BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The William R. Greiner Scholarship Fund has
been newly established in the University at Buffalo Law School to
honor UB's 13th president, who retired as UB's chief executive
officer at the end of last December.
To date, nearly $225,000 has been raised for the fund, which
will support an endowment for a full-tuition scholarship to the UB
Law School for a meritorious student who exemplifies leadership
ability, dedication to public service and commitment to the Western
New York community as a whole, according to Nils Olsen, dean of the
UB Law School, and Jennifer A. McDonough, UB vice president for
Establishment of the fund was announced Friday evening at the UB
Alumni Association's Celebration of Excellence Awards Dinner held
at the Buffalo/Niagara Marriott.
The announcement came as a surprise to Greiner and his wife,
Carol, who were at the dinner to receive the Dr. Philip B. Wels
Outstanding Service Award, given to individuals who exemplify
outstanding long-term service and dedication to UB.
Greiner's 36-year affiliation with the university began in 1967
when he joined the faculty of the UB Law School. He served for
seven years as the university's first provost before his
appointment as president in 1991. He plans to return to the Law
School's faculty this fall.
The fund was created as a result of discussions between Olsen
and McDonough focusing on a lasting and special tribute to
recognize Greiner and his contributions to UB.
Olsen said the answer focuses on one of Greiner's greatest
priorities during his tenure as both provost and president: UB
"Professor Greiner has always been driven by his dedication to
the students of the university, and he led the way to many changes
at UB that greatly improved the lives of students both on and off
campus," Olsen said. "After examining this legacy of his, the next
step -- establishing a scholarship in his honor -- was a
McDonough said she is impressed by the notable group of donors
who have stepped forward early to give to the scholarship fund.
"We wanted to keep the scholarship fund a secret so it would be
a special surprise for Bill. Those very generous early donors made
gifts from their hearts as will many others who carry strong
affection, gratitude and respect for our 13th president, now that
the fund is open for additional contributions," McDonough
Reginald B. Newman, II, chair of the University at Buffalo
Foundation's board of trustees and chair of NOCO Energy Corp., is
the lead donor to the Greiner Scholarship Fund, having personally
committed $100,000. Newman said he gave in admiration of Greiner
and is confident that others will follow suit.
"I can't express enough how pleased and proud I was of Professor
Greiner for building the new student housing program at UB, which
was perhaps his greatest accomplishment as president," Newman
Other donors contributing $10,000 or more to the fund to date
include Joseph W. Carosella (J.D. '72, B.A. '70), Lawrence P. and
Joan J. Castellani, Erma R. Hallett Jaeckle (J.D. '36), Francis M.
(J.D. '79) and Cindy Abbott Letro, Hodgson Russ LLP, and the
Seymour H. Knox Foundation.
In May 2003, UB awarded its highest award, the Chancellor
Charles P. Norton Medal, given for service to the university and
the region, to Greiner during commencement ceremonies. At that
time, UB Council Chair Jeremy M. Jacobs remarked that Greiner's
"outstanding leadership has ensured UB's place among the nation's
best public research universities, and his passionate advocacy for
Buffalo Niagara has led directly to increased opportunities for
greater regional economic development.
"Bill's countless accomplishments and wise stewardship have
positioned UB well for the future," Jacobs added. "The university
community has truly been fortunate to have had the benefit of his
service over more than three decades."
One of Greiner's first assignments when he returns to the Law
School will be helping to inform the criteria for recipients of the
William R. Greiner Scholarship.
"No doubt it will be an assignment that he will enjoy," said
This scholarship is open to additional contributions. For
information on how to make a gift, contact Deborah J. Scott, vice
dean for development, UB Law School, at (716) 645-2113 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Checks should be made payable to: Professor William R. Greiner
Scholarship Fund. Mail to: University at Buffalo Foundation, PO Box
1232, Buffalo, N.Y. 14240.