BUFFALO, N.Y. – The University at Buffalo dedicated its
new Educational Opportunity Center facility in the name of former
New York State Assembly Deputy Speaker Arthur O. Eve on June 30 at
the center in downtown Buffalo.
The ceremony was held at 11 a.m. in the EOC’s new home at
555 Ellicott St., located in the district that Eve represented
during his distinguished career in the state legislature.
“I can’t think of a more fitting tribute to Arthur
Eve’s vital leadership as a great champion of educational
opportunity in our region and state than this,” said UB
President Satish K. Tripathi.
“Throughout his distinguished career in public service as
a New York State Assembly member and later as deputy speaker, his
vision and leadership in the areas of education, economic
development and social opportunity have been invaluable to
communities across our state.”
Eve, who served in the New York State Assembly for 36 years and
was a key player in establishing the statewide Educational
Opportunity Program, will attend the ceremony together with several
members of the Eve family.
Throughout his career, Eve has championed access to higher
education opportunities for all students. In 1967, at the beginning
of his career in the New York State Assembly, he developed an
appropriations bill that gave birth to the SEEK/Educational
Opportunity Program (EOP). The EOP provides ambitious students
unable to reach their academic goals because of educational,
economic or personal challenges an opportunity to gain admission to
New York colleges and universities.
Eve also played a vital role in spearheading many other
legislative efforts to enhance educational access, including the
legislation that helped launch the statewide network of Educational
UB’s EOC was one of four Urban Centers created in 1966
under SUNY supervision and funded by the governor and state
legislature to provide occupational training and college
preparatory programs to underserved populations. In 1973, the Urban
Centers evolved into the more comprehensive Educational Opportunity
Centers. The current statewide network of 10 EOCs and two
Counseling and Outreach Centers is managed by SUNY’s
University Center for Academic and Workforce Development.
“Our entire SUNY community has benefited profoundly from
these contributions, from his establishment of the seminal
Educational Opportunity Program to his sponsorship of numerous
other educational programs across the state, including the
Educational Opportunity Centers,” said Tripathi.
“His legacy and leadership have been a source of
tremendous inspiration to Western New York and to the University at
Buffalo as we continue to work toward expanding educational and
economic opportunities in our region. We are honored to
acknowledge his inspiring example as we dedicate this landmark new
home for the UB Educational Opportunity Center in his
The new 68,000-square-foot, $26 million structure at 555
Ellicott St. offers students state-of-the-art facilities in which
to pursue their educational and career goals. Strategically
located in close proximity to the rapidly expanding medical campus
downtown, the new facility will allow the EOC to emphasize academic
and vocational programming for the various allied health fields
that are expected to be in continuing demand in Western New
Among the honored guests expected to speak at the ceremony is
New York State Lt. Gov. Robert J. Duffy. The recent opening of the
EOC is a major milestone in UB’s expansion in downtown
Buffalo as part of the UB 2020 strategic plan. The
governor’s administration has been a vital supporter of SUNY
and its role in revitalizing communities across the state, as
demonstrated through the NYSUNY 2020 legislation, which has played
a key role in the growth and build-out of the university’s
“The University at Buffalo’s new Educational
Opportunity Center, dedicated in honor of former New York State
Assembly Deputy Speaker Arthur O. Eve, will continue in his legacy
of public service and equal access to education,” said Duffy.
“His work throughout our state in extending career and
educational opportunities to underrepresented groups has been a
source of inspiration, and this center would not have been a
possibility had it not been for his constant commitment to Western
New York and its citizens.”
The governor has also pledged $1 billion to Buffalo to attract
new industry, and the state has identified $100 million in
economic-development projects in Buffalo through the work of the
Regional Economic Development Council, co-chaired by Tripathi. Some
of the vocational training for the new industries emerging through
these strategic state investments will be offered by the EOC.
“Our center is committed to providing educational and
growth experiences that empower students to realize their dreams
and turn efforts into achievements,” said Julius Gregg Adams,
executive director of the EOC. “The entire EOC program, not
to mention our new center, would never have happened without the
steady and passionate support from Mr. Eve. Everyone who walks in
these halls is in debt to his dedication and commitment to the
ideals of this center.”
UB’s new EOC facility opened in June 2013. Classes began
there in September. It is linked to the UB Downtown Gateway
building at 77 Goodell St. via a 5,000-square-foot connector with
an adjacent conference center.
UB’s EOC serves more than 1,900 students each year –
the majority of whom are 25 or older. The center provides a broad
range of services, including academic enrichment; English as a
second language; high school equivalency/GED preparation; life
skills; dental, medical and nursing assistant programs; and
computer readiness and Microsoft certifications.
In addition to the lieutenant governor, invited speakers include
U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins, New York State Assemblymember Crystal
Peoples-Stokes, New York State Sen. Timothy Kennedy, Buffalo Mayor
Byron Brown and Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen, as
well as Robert M. Bennett, chancellor emeritus of the New
York State Board of Regents, SUNY Board of Trustees Chairman H.
Carl McCall and SUNY Trustee Eunice Lewin.
Those interested in applying or learning more about EOC programs
can call 716-645-9555 or log on to http://www.eoc.buffalo.edu.