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Message from the Campaign Chair

Portrait of Robert J. Genco, 2016 Campaign Chair

Dear UB Colleagues:  

I am pleased and honored to be the Chairperson for this year’s UB Employees’ Campaign for the Community. We can be proud that UB has ranked among the nation’s most generous universities in terms of employee giving to the campaign for several decades. This reflects the generosity and spirit of volunteerism that characterizes the citizens of Buffalo, the City of Good Neighbors, as well as the Western New York region more broadly.


This summer the United Way organized visits to several WNY agencies that our campaign supports. Although I was aware of the many groups that the United Way supports, it was enlightening for me to experience first-hand the professionalism and dedication of individuals working with the populations they serve, and to hear the stories of families whose lives are improved because of their efforts and your generosity. Last year’s Campaign Chair, Dean Marsha Lewis, shared some of these stories with you and I will continue this practice to give you a deeper perspective of the impact your contributions make and the need in our community for your generosity. 

We thank you for making the UB Employees Campaign for the Community a success. Last year, over 2,500 employees contributed to the UB Campaign making our Employees Campaign the largest in Western New York, and a model nationally. Please join your colleagues in making the 2016 UB Employees Campaign successful, and most importantly, thank you for your support as we make a difference in the lives of those most in need in our community.


Robert J. Genco
Director, UB Center for Microbiome Research
SUNY Distinguished Professor
Chair, 2016 Employees Campaign for the Community