Friedman Named Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations at UB

By Barbara A. Byers

Release Date: June 12, 2009

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Jay Friedman has been named associate vice president for alumni relations at UB.

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Jay R. Friedman of Amherst has been named associate vice president for alumni relations at the University at Buffalo.

Friedman, a UB alumnus who earned a bachelor of arts degree in communication in 1986 and a master's in education in 2000, served as interim director of the alumni office from January through May 2009.

As associate vice president for alumni relations, Friedman is responsible for UB's alumni programs and activities, providing creative leadership and overall managerial direction to the Office of Alumni Relations and the UB Alumni Association. His primary role is to build relationships that result in volunteer service and philanthropic support for the campus and will initiate activities that maximize alumni outreach and engagement through alumni association communications, programs and services. He oversees a staff of 12 and is the primary liaison for the UB Alumni Association board of directors, which comprises 43 alumni from around the country.

Prior to joining the alumni office, Friedman worked for nearly 23 years in campus catering and the Office of Special Events at UB.

"With 20-plus years of experience working at UB and his involvement with the alumni association board of directors for nearly 20 years, Jay has the qualifications, enthusiasm and passion for UB that this position requires. Our alumni are fortunate have him at the helm," said Larry Zielinski, MBA '77, B.A. '75, UB Alumni Association president.

The UB Office of Alumni Relations works in conjunction with the UB Alumni Association to create and promote a lifelong bond between alumni and students at the university, and inspire them to care about the past, present and future of UB. For more information, visit

The University at Buffalo, which has more than 200,000 alumni worldwide, 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.