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  • Laura Hubbard.

    Laura E. Hubbard

    Laura E. Hubbard

    Vice President

    Finance and Administration

    542 Capen Hall

    Phone: 716-645-5124

    Email: vpfa@buffalo.edu

    Laura E. Hubbard is responsible for the oversight of strategic financial planning and analysis of resource use and development. Named vice president for finance and administration in early 2012, she oversees UB Business Services, Emergency Management, Human Resources, Internal Audit, Parking and Transportation Services, Policy and Operational Excellence, Office of Real Estate and Property Management, Resource Planning, Office of Sustainability, University Facilities, and University Police. 

  • Chris Austin.

    Chris Austin

    Chris Austin


    Parking and Transportation Services

    106 Spaulding Quadrangle

    Phone: 716-645-3943

    Email: ub-parking@buffalo.edu

    Chris Austin leads and directs the operations, communications and future planning for UB’s office of Parking and Transportation Services. Chris has more than twenty years of progressive professional management and leadership experience in the parking and transportation industries. He leads a team that manages over 16,000 surface parking spaces across our three campuses, while providing transportation options that transport over 2.5 million passengers annually, providing attractive, sustainable alternatives to single occupant travel. He has a combined twelve years of service on the Board of Parking Directors for the City of Buffalo and New York State Parking Association, and is a Certified Administrator of Public Parking (CAPP). 

  • Chief of Police Kimberly Beaty.

    Kimberly Beaty

    Kimberly Beaty.

    Kimberly Beaty

    Chief of Police

    University Police

    Bissell Hall

    Phone: 716-645-8919

    Email: kbeaty@buffalo.edu

    As Chief of Police, Kimberly Beaty leads the department and makes strategic judgments and decisions to chart UB’s law enforcement, safety, and security plan. She is responsible for evaluating and refining the department’s different strategies to engage the campus community. She works to ensure a relationship-based approach to community policing to effectively connect the police with students, faculty, staff, and other community partners. Beaty was the director of public safety at Canisius University, where she developed an Inclusive Crisis Response Team for activation, on-scene response, intervention, and post-crisis review. She is known for her approachability and positive interactions with the Canisius community. Before joining Canisius, Beaty was a member of the Buffalo Police Department for more than 30 years, including four years as deputy police commissioner.  She also serves as a law enforcement training consultant for the Erie County Law Enforcement Training Academy, providing professional training for police recruits and veterans. Beaty is chair of the Erie County Law Enforcement Foundation Board of Directors, a member of New York Women in Law Enforcement, and a member of the Erie County Chiefs of Police.  She has a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs and a bachelor’s degree in communication from Canisius.

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    Beth Corry

    Beth A. Corry

    Associate Vice President and Controller

    Business Services

    420 Crofts Hall

    Phone: 716-645-2644

    Email: bcorry@buffalo.edu

    Beth Corry, as associate vice president for Business Services and controller, delivers innovative business solutions and services to UB through involvement in purchasing, payments, financial operations, printing, mail and Strategic Information Reporting Initiative (SIRI).  Beth has over 18 years of higher education experience in progressively responsible management positions at the university, most recently as the Director of Financial Services where she demonstrated her leadership in accounting and financial reporting, cost analysis, cash management, compliance adherence and financial data security.  Her wide range of experience includes knowledge of New York State, State University of New York (SUNY) and Research Foundation of SUNY financial practices, policies and financial systems. She maintains partnerships as a financial expert with various units such as Resource Planning, Research and Economic Development and Financial Advisory board.

  • Chris Delello.

    Christopher Delello

    Christopher Delello

    Associate Vice President

    Human Resources

    Townsend Hall

    Phone: 716-645-8185

    Email: cdelello@buffalo.edu

    Christopher Delello, as associate vice president for Human Resources (HR), oversees employee benefits services, payroll, compensation and classification, employee relations, organizational development and effectiveness, wellness and work-life balance, and employee assistance programs. Before Chris joined UB, he was the chief human resources officer at the University of Connecticut, where he provided overall strategic human resources vision and leadership for the university and all of its academic campuses. Prior to joining the University of Connecticut, Chris served as director of benefits, compensation, and HRIS for Columbus McKinnon Corporation. Chris works closely with colleagues across the university, surrounding communities, and New York State to develop a vision to promote organizational excellence through the identification, recruitment, and development of diverse talent.

  • kara kearney-saylor.

    Kara Kearney-Saylor

    Kara Kearney-Saylor

    Director of Internal Audit

    Internal Audit

    150 Parker Hall

    Phone: 716-829-6943

    Email: karakear@buffalo.edu

    Kara Kearney-Saylor, as director of Internal Audit, will lead, develop and manage a strategic and comprehensive risk assessment and internal audit program that supports the university’s mission, plans and goals. She will lead the development of the university’s annual audit plan, serve as the university’s point of contact for all external audit activities and work actively with SUNY Audit and Enterprise Risk Management initiatives.  Kara has served at Boston University since 2006 as Interim Director and co-chaired the Enterprise Risk Management Steering Committee and Information Security Committee. She previously served at Houghton Mifflin, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young in various audit and tax consultant roles. She is also a Certified Internal Auditor and has a Certification in Risk Management Assurance.

  • joseph lewandowski.

    Joseph Lewandowski

    Joseph Lewandowski


    Resource Planning

    547A Capen Hall

    Phone: 716-645-6007

    Email: jl299@buffalo.edu

    As Director of Resource Planning, Joe is responsible for leading, developing and managing a strategic and comprehensive resource and budget planning program in support of the university’s mission, plans and goals. He works with senior leadership and with academic and administrative units across the university in areas of budget planning and implementation, financial analysis, and budget policies and systems. Joe has served as Senior Resource Analyst and as a Resource Analyst in the Office of Resource Planning from 2014-2018.  Prior to those roles, he served as Associate Director of Business Operations in the Division of Athletics from 2011-2014 and as Business Operations Staff Assistant from 2006-2011. 

  • Ryan McPherson.

    Ryan A. McPherson

    Ryan A. McPherson

    Chief Sustainability Officer

    Office of Sustainability

    112 Sustainability Center

    Phone: 716-645-2054

    Email: ram6@buffalo.edu

    In his role as the Chief Sustainability Officer, Ryan connects people across the university with information, innovation and tools to reduce UB’s carbon footprint and enhance quality of life by improving environmental stewardship, increasing economic efficiency and augmenting cultural values and awareness. He specifically works closely with university partners and employs an integrated campus-wide strategy that leverages the university’s operations, curriculum, external engagement and research to further UB’s sustainability efforts. Previously, Ryan has held positions at UB as Associate Vice President for Government and Community Relations and as Chief of Staff for external affairs. Prior to joining UB, Ryan worked in Washington, D.C. and New Hampshire, advocating for greater environmental protection and democratic participation.

  • Tonga Pham.

    Tonga Pham

    Tonga Pham

    Associate Vice President

    University Facilities

    102 Beane Center

    Phone: 716-645-5265

    Email: tongapha@buffalo.edu

    Tonga Pham, as associate vice president for University Facilities, leads an organization whose mission is to maintain a safe, healthy and attractive campus environment by providing direct and advisory services in the design, construction and maintenance of the university’s new and existing facilities.  Tonga, with over 20 years of experience in various management and technical positions, comes to UB from Ryerson University in Toronto where she monitored the management of the physical infrastructure of the university and ensured the functional, social and aesthetic aspects of the physical campus and its relationship to the community.   As a business person, she has been responsible for managing both capital and operational budgets of increasing size and maintaining a four million square foot campus located in the urban center of Toronto.