Buffalo -- SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today announced that
she has recommended Dr. Satish K. Tripathi as the next president of
the University at Buffalo. Dr. Tripathi has served as UB's provost
and executive vice president for academic affairs for the past six
years. The Chancellor has asked the SUNY Board of Trustees to
convene a special meeting in April in Buffalo, to formally consider
his appointment as president. Effective immediately, Chancellor
Zimpher also named Dr. Tripathi as UB's Officer-In-Charge, with all
of the responsibilities and authority of a campus president.
"It is my great pleasure to recommend Dr. Satish Tripathi as the
next president of the University at Buffalo," said Chancellor
Zimpher. "Dr. Tripathi's international reputation as an
accomplished researcher and transformative leader in higher
education makes him ideally suited to serve as president of the
University at Buffalo.
"Major public research universities like UB provide access to
high quality, affordable education, and engage in research that
helps build vibrant communities at home and across the globe. Dr.
Tripathi will provide outstanding leadership for UB as it carries
out this important mission."
Dr. Tripathi said, "I am honored to be recommended by SUNY
Chancellor Nancy Zimpher to be the University at Buffalo's next
president. It would be my distinct privilege to lead our remarkable
university, which is recognized for its tradition of excellence and
has an extraordinary future ahead."
Chancellor Zimpher thanked former UB President John B. Simpson
for his leadership and for staying on beyond his intended departure
date of January 15, 2011. She also commended UB Council and Search
Committee Chair Jeremy M. Jacobs for conducting an efficient and
successful presidential search.
Over the last seven months, Jacobs said the search committee
reviewed the credentials of 68 candidates, representing a diverse
national and international pool from a wide range of academic
disciplines and professional experiences. Jacobs, who has been
involved in multiple presidential searches at UB, noted that this
was the most competitive candidate pool he has seen. All the
finalists were preeminent scholars who served very successfully in
such administrative leadership roles as provost, vice president for
research, vice president for health sciences, and dean -- all at
leading AAU institutions and all with an impressive portfolio of
"From this exceptional group," Jacobs said, "Dr. Tripathi
quickly emerged as a front runner in the search committee's review
process. His impressive body of work as a scholar and academic
leader and his compelling vision for UB's future made him the
Council's unanimous recommendation to lead our university. On
behalf of the UB Council and our outstanding search committee we
are pleased that Chancellor Zimpher is endorsing the appointment of
Dr. Tripathi as UB's 15th President. I am confident that he will
carry forth and strengthen UB's legacy of excellence."
About Dr. Satish Tripathi
An internationally recognized computer scientist, Dr. Tripathi,
60, joined UB as provost – the university's chief academic
officer – on July 1, 2004, after serving as dean of the
Bourns College of Engineering at the University of California,
Among his many accomplishments at UB, Dr. Tripathi was one of
the principal creators of the UB 2020 strategic plan to achieve
academic and research excellence. Dr. Tripathi led the recruitment
of many prominent faculty to the university and oversaw a
significant increase in the number faculty hired to develop and
enhance strengths in key areas of research and scholarly activity.
As a result, the university achieved significant growth in research
expenditures and federally awarded research grants, putting UB in
league with the top national research universities in the United
Under Dr. Tripathi's leadership, the academic profile of UB's
undergraduate and graduate students improved significantly, as the
university enrolled its most academically talented freshman class
in each of the past three years. Tripathi also led efforts to
enrich the educational experiences of UB undergraduate students by
introducing programs designed to provide them with opportunities to
engage in learning and research with UB's top faculty. He also is
overseeing development of new learning and library facilities at UB
and new "living-learning environments" within UB's new John Kapoor
Hall, Barbara and Jack Davis Hall, and William R. Greiner Hall
under construction at UB as part of "Building UB," the university's
comprehensive physical plan.
Dr. Tripathi also led a strategic planning process for UB's
international programs that has led to significant expansion of
UB's international presence and the continued globalization of UB's
U.S. campuses. Dr. Tripathi signed a memorandum of understanding in
2005 with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to establish the
Indo-U.S. Inter-University Collaborative Initiative in Higher
Education and Research. This memorandum led to a partnership
between UB and Amrita University on collaborative activities that
include dual-master's degree programs in management and computer
science. UB's educational programs in Singapore, in partnership
with the Singapore Institute of Management, also experienced
significant growth under Dr. Tripathi.
Prior to joining UC Riverside in 1997, Dr. Tripathi was a
professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University
of Maryland, where his 19 years as a faculty member included being
chair from 1988-95. He was a visiting professor at the University
of Paris-Sud in France and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in
Germany while at the University of Maryland.
Dr. Tripathi graduated top of his class from Banaras Hindu
University in India in 1968. In addition to a doctorate in computer
science earned from the University of Toronto in 1979, he holds
three master's degrees -- one in computer science from the
University of Toronto (1976) and two in statistics from the
University of Alberta (1974) and Banaras Hindu University (1970).
He was awarded the Honorary Doctorate of Sciences from the
prestigious Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad,
the university's highest degree.
Dr. Tripathi has published more than 200 scholarly papers,
supervised over 30 doctoral and post-doctoral students and served
on program committees of numerous international conferences. He is
a fellow of the IEEE and the American Association for the
Advancement of Science. He is a member of the Board of Directors of
the Buffalo Urban League.
A native of India, Dr. Tripathi would become the first
international-born president in UB's history, a fitting distinction
for one of the most international universities in the U.S. UB is
ranked 12th in the percentage of international students enrolled
among all U.S. campuses, according to the Institute of
International Education. Nearly 5,000 of UB's nearly 29,000
students are international.
Dr. Tripathi would become the15th president of UB, the largest
and most comprehensive university in the SUNY system and one of two
SUNY institutions to be a member of the prestigious Association of
American Universities (AAU).
About the University at Buffalo
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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.
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