BUFFALO, N.Y. -- University at Buffalo President Satish K.
Tripathi has announced that John Lambert, senior associate athletic
director, will serve as interim athletic director of the Division
of Athletics effective March 14.
He succeeds Warde Manuel, who earlier this week was appointed
athletic director at the University of Connecticut, beginning in
UB is launching a national search, and expects to name a
permanent athletic director within three months.
"I am grateful to John for his willingness to serve in this
important role in an interim capacity, and I extend my thanks and
appreciation to Warde and the entire Division of Athletics team for
their continuing commitment to our university's vision of
excellence," Tripathi said.
"Warde's exceptional leadership over the past six years and the
ongoing efforts and dedication of the entire UB athletics
leadership team have set our university's intercollegiate athletics
program on a clear course of excellence. Thanks in large part to
this strong leadership, we are also very well positioned to attract
outstanding candidates in this national search."
Lambert joined the university in 1996 and currently leads the
athletics division's development effort after several successful
years overseeing the external relations operation for athletics.
Among his many substantial contributions to the university and its
athletics program over the years, he was instrumental in the
department's move to Division I-A and the Mid-American Conference,
created a highly successful endowed scholarship program within the
athletics division and has helped to guide a number of significant
capital projects to fruition.
He has been widely recognized for his professional achievements,
earning many system-wide and national awards, including being named
Division I-A Marketer of the Year by the National Association of
Collegiate Marketing Administrators in 2001. Within the Western New
York region, he serves on the boards of The Greater Buffalo Sports
Hall of Fame and The Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission.
Nationally, he is an active member of the Council for
Advancement and Support of Education and the National Association
of Athletic Development Directors.
Lambert lives in Amherst.
Tripathi's message to the university community announcing
Lambert's appointment is available here: http://www.buffalo.edu/president/from-the-president/communications/interim-ad.html.