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Angelo M. Fatta Assumes Chairmanship of UB Foundation Board

Three Western New York Community Leaders Named to Board

By Cynthia Machamer

Release Date: October 22, 2008

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Angelo M. Fatta, Ph.D., president of Fatta Enterprises and vice president of the Fatta Foundation, Inc., a charitable foundation supporting child welfare and development in Western New York, is the new chairman of the University at Buffalo Foundation board, on which he has served since 2004.

The appointment of Fatta follows the retirement from the board chairmanship of Reginald B. Newman II, chair of Prior Aviation Services, Inc. Newman served as UBF board chair for 12 years.

Fatta was owner and CEO of ACTS Testing Labs, a consumer products testing and consulting service with offices in Buffalo, Hong Kong and other global locations. The company was sold in 1998 and since then, Fatta has been an engaged community leader, coordinating the successful creation of several new enterprises, growth companies and a critical mass of life science activities that served to position Buffalo-Niagara as a global competitor for innovation. As chair of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra board of directors, he recently led the organization to the successful conclusion of its $30 million campaign.

Newman led the board through unprecedented growth in assets and revenues and oversaw the construction of five student housing projects. He is a former chair of NOCO Energy Corp., a family-owned and -operated corporation headquartered in Tonawanda, N.Y., with primary divisions that focus on the sale and distribution of petroleum and energy products.

The UB Foundation board also named three community leaders to serve three-year terms: Helen M. Cappuccino, M.D., '88, of Lockport, a surgical oncologist at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and assistant professor of surgery at UB; Randall L. Clark, of East Amherst, chairman and chief executive officer of Dunn Tire Corporation of Western New York; and Francis M. Letro, J.D., '79, of Buffalo, attorney. The State University of New York Board of Trustees confirmed the appointments, which continue until June 30, 2011, during its Sept. 16 meeting.

The UB Foundation, Inc., supports and promotes the activities and programs of the university. Foundation board members are selected for their distinguished achievements in professions and for their commitment to the advancement of the university.

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.