Senators and committee chairs gathered at the 2015 PSS Planning
The General Membership of the UB Professional Staff is comprised
of non-academic, exempt employees in State, UB Foundation,
Research Foundation and Faculty-Student Association. The
Professional Staff Senate, elected by the General Membership,
represents the interests and concerns of the Professional Staff
- Participating in University Shared Governance;
- Promoting Professional Development;
- Cultivating Collegiality, Community and UB Culture.
Representing the interests and concerns of the UB Professional
Staff, the PSS mission is to promote the general welfare of its
members and of the University by:
- Actively participating in the policy decisions of the
- Providing a forum for exchange of information, discussion of
ideas, and consideration of matters related to the administration
of the University.
- Promoting the professional development of individuals committed
to careers in higher education.
- Cultivating collegiality among all members of the University
- Maintaining liaisons with other organizations concerned with
shared governance and University affairs.
The Professional Staff Senate shall be a fact-finding,
deliberative, and consultative body, with authority to make
studies, reports, and recommendations on all governance matters
which have a significant bearing on professional employees. The PSS
shall operate, in accordance with the policies set forth by the
Board of Trustees of the State University of New York, as a
recognized part of the University's shared governance system, and
shall, as appropriate, work jointly with others within the five
pillars of shared governance: faculty, staff, students,
administration and councils.
The UB Professional Staff Senate (PSS) was established July
30, 1971, by proclamation of President Robert L. Ketter. The PSS
Constitution was ratiﬁed in 1972, defining the purpose of
the Senate to “seek an active role for the professional staff
in the governance of the University; provide advice and counsel in
administrative matters; and assist in the development of
administrative policies and procedures.”