About the Position

Position Profile

The University at Buffalo (UB) invites inquiries, applications and nominations for the position of provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. A member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), UB is a flagship institution in the State University of New York (SUNY) system and a widely respected center for academic excellence. As UB’s chief academic and budget officer, the provost will be a key partner with the university’s 15th president, Satish K. Tripathi, in building on progress already underway toward transforming UB into one of the nation’s premier public research universities.

The Opportunity

Under the leadership of President Tripathi, formerly the university’s provost, the university engaged in an extensive self-examination and planning process known as UB 2020, focused on pursuing sustained academic and research excellence, building greater efficiency across campus operations and expanding the university’s engagement and impact locally, as well as globally. Working with the president and the university’s senior leadership, the new provost will be responsible for aligning resources and making strategic investments to support the university faculty and the entire associated educational enterprise in the implementation of the UB 2020 plan. These include investment in the university’s key academic priorities: innovation and rigor throughout the undergraduate and graduate curricula, faculty teaching excellence, diversity of faculty and students, translational and trans-disciplinary research innovation, global leadership in research and education, regional and state economic engagement and re-envisioning the physical realm of the campus so as to fulfill the needs of 21st-century learners, teachers and researchers.

UB’s Next Provost

The ideal candidate will possess the experience, professional qualifications and personal attributes to be effective and successful in addressing both the opportunities presented by the appointment of UB’s new president and the challenges posed by the economic context within which U.S. research universities now operate. He or she must have a thorough understanding of the context and workings of U.S. higher education, as well as a deep appreciation for the significance of UB’s role as a global institution and its academic, research and service missions as a public research university. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to diversity among faculty, staff and students. In keeping with the university’s status as a premier research university, the candidate will have an earned doctorate (or comparable academic degree) and a record of scholarly or creative work in line with appointment as a tenured full professor.

Experience and Qualifications

More specifically, the ideal candidate will have the following professional qualifications and personal characteristics:

1. Leadership: A record of effective and strong leadership, and the capacity to work in close collaboration with academic deans, the faculty, the administration and other campus leaders to guide the university’s progress toward its shared vision, and to engage relevant stakeholders in that process.

2. Academic qualifications: Significant intellectual achievement consistent with a faculty appointment at the highest level, as well as a deep understanding of the university’s academic, research and service mission as a public institution.

3. Administrative experience: Demonstrated ability to manage and deploy people and resources effectively, with integrity and sound strategic planning.

4. Relations with the university community: The ability to engage faculty, staff and students in the mission and vision of the university, as well as to recruit and retain renowned and accomplished faculty and administrative colleagues to the campus; the experience and ability to build and sustain a strong leadership team and to work effectively with them.

5. Focus on students: An understanding of the teaching mission, the importance of a high-quality student experience and effective marketing and recruitment strategies.

6. Relations with educational and research partners: The ability to maintain strong working relationships with organizations such as UB’s academic research partners, the Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute; and to encourage and sustain relations with regional, state, national and international educational institutions, including SUNY.

7. Advocacy: The ability to work collaboratively with President Tripathi and other university colleagues to enhance UB’s relationships and foster increased and ongoing support from alumni, donors, corporate and foundation partners, and elected and government officials.

8. Communication skills: Strong interpersonal and communication skills that are effective with a wide range of constituencies; the ability to articulate the university’s values and goals in ways that are accessible and compelling.

9. Personal qualities: Integrity, commitment to public higher education, high level of energy, commitment to diversity, ease in working across a wide range of public spheres and a congenial personality.

10. Style: Consultative, good listener, consensus builder and decisive.

UB at a Glance

UB was founded in 1846 as the University of Buffalo, a private medical college located in downtown Buffalo. The 13th president of the United States, Millard Fillmore, served as a founder and UB’s first chancellor. Over the next 50 years, UB grew as a center for professional education, expanding with schools of Pharmacy, Law and Dental Medicine. The establishment of the College of Arts and Sciences in the early 1900s began UB’s transition to a true university, providing a strong foundation in the liberal arts, as well as the professions. UB joined the SUNY system in 1962, becoming the State University of New York at Buffalo.  

Today, UB is the largest, most comprehensive, research-intensive university within the 64-campus SUNY system, and is its primary center for professional education and training. It enrolls approximately 28,600 students (approximately 2/3 undergraduates and 1/3 graduate and professional students). UB offers the largest array of academic degree programs within SUNY, a total of almost 400 programs at the baccalaureate, master’s, professional and doctoral levels. The university’s 12 decanal units are the College of Arts and Sciences; the schools of Architecture and Planning, Education, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Law, Management, Social Work, and a comprehensive Academic Health Center that includes Schools of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Dental Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Public Health and Health Professions.

UB boasts a distinguished faculty of almost 1,600 full-time members and more than 750 part-time members. With more than 100 research centers and institutes, UB’s current annual research expenditures, including affiliated institutions, are approximately $350 million. The libraries hold 4 million volumes in seven major units and an exceptionally wide array of digital information resources.

Located on an international border, UB is a global community of scholars, consistently among the nation’s top 10-20 universities for the enrollment of international students. It was one of the top five U.S. research institutions in its production of Fulbright scholars in the 2010-11 academic year.

UB prides itself on its unity of academic and athletic excellence. UB fields the only full Division I-A athletics program in the SUNY system. The UB Bulls compete in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) in 19 of their 20 sports, and have won conference or national championships in the past three years in football, men’s basketball, women’s rowing, and men’s and women’s tennis. UB’s student athletes consistently earn conference-wide and national recognition for their academic achievements, including Academic All-MAC honors and NCAA recognition.

The Buffalo-Niagara region, home to 1.5 million residents, is the second-largest metropolitan area in New York State. The university is a major presence and a true partner in the region. UB’s three campuses are located in downtown Buffalo, in an historic neighborhood on the northern edge of the city and in suburban Amherst. UB’s workforce of more than 7,000 full-time equivalent employees makes it one of Western New York’s largest employers. With annual revenues of almost $1.2 billion from all sources, UB and its affiliated entities generate an estimated economic impact of $1.7 billion annually in the state and region. In July 2011, UB’s President Tripathi was named by Governor Cuomo to co-chair the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council, a group of engaged citizen leaders whose work culminated in December with the announcement of $100.3 million in New York State funding to spur economic growth in the Buffalo-Niagara region.

Application and Nomination Procedures

The University at Buffalo invites inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.  Interested individuals should provide an electronic version of their curriculum vitae (Microsoft Word or PDF strongly preferred).  A letter describing interest in, and qualifications for, the position is welcomed, but not required. All inquiries, nominations and applications should be sent electronically via email to:

Dr. Ilene H. Nagel

Consultant to the Search Committee

Leader, Higher Education Practice

Russell Reynolds Associates


The anticipated appointment date is summer 2012. To ensure full consideration, materials should be received as soon as possible. Review of nominations and applications for the position will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. To assure sensitivity toward the positions presently held by nominees and applicants, the search will be conducted in strict confidence until finalists participate in campus visits. References will not be contacted without the prior knowledge and approval of the candidates.

Candidates are urged to review all information and documents posted on the UB provost search web site, http://www.buffalo.edu/job/provostsearch.html, and the University at Buffalo website, www.buffalo.edu.

The University at Buffalo is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic university community committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment.

Potential applicants who share this goal are encouraged to apply.

The material presented in this position profile should be relied on for informational purposes only. This material has been copied, compiled, or quoted in part from University at Buffalo documents and personal interviews and is believed to be reliable. Naturally, while every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, the original source documents and factual situations govern.

UB in Focus

President Satish K. Tripathi

Internationally recognized as an accomplished researcher and transformative higher education leader, Dr. Satish K. Tripathi was appointed the 15th president of the University at Buffalo on April 18, 2011.

Dr. Tripathi, who served as UB’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs from 2004-11, was one of the principal creators of the UB 2020 strategic plan to achieve academic research excellence, and has led the university to achieve significant growth in research and scholarly activity, enhanced student quality and diversity, and an expanded international presence.  Building on this strong foundation, Dr. Tripathi’s vision for UB’s future focuses on moving the university into the highest ranks of the nation’s leading research universities through expanding its reach and impact locally, as well as globally.

As provost, Dr. Tripathi led the recruitment of many prominent faculty to the university and oversaw a significant increase in the number of faculty hired to develop and enhance strengths in key areas of research and scholarly activity. As a result, the university achieved substantial increases in research expenditures and federally awarded research grants, putting UB in league with the top national research universities in the United States.

Under Dr. Tripathi’s leadership, the academic profile of UB’s undergraduate and graduate students has improved significantly; the university enrolled its most academically talented freshman class in each of the past four years. Dr. Tripathi also led efforts to enrich the educational experiences of UB undergraduate students by introducing programs designed to provide them with opportunities to engage in learning and research with UB’s top faculty. He also oversaw development of new learning and library facilities on campus, and new “living-learning environments” within the new John and Editha Kapoor Hall, Barbara and Jack Davis Hall and William R. Greiner Hall, all constructed as part of “Building UB,” the university’s comprehensive physical plan.

Dr. Tripathi also led a strategic planning process for UB’s international programs that has led to significant expansion of the university’s international presence and the continued globalization of its three Western New York campuses. He signed a memorandum of understanding in 2005 with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to establish the Indo-U.S. Inter-University Collaborative Initiative in Higher Education and Research.  This memorandum led to a partnership between UB and Amrita University on collaborative activities that include dual-master’s-degree programs in management and computer science.  UB’s educational programs in Singapore, in partnership with the Singapore Institute of Management, also experienced significant growth under Dr. Tripathi’s leadership.

Prior to joining the UB community in 2004, Dr. Tripathi served as dean of the Bourns College of Engineering at the University of California-Riverside from 1997-2004. Previously, he  was a professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Maryland, where his 19-year tenure as a faculty member included serving as chair from 1988-95.  He also has held visiting professorships at the University of Paris-Sud in France and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany.

The first international-born president in UB’s history, Dr. Tripathi graduated at the top of his class from Banaras Hindu University in India. In addition to a doctorate in computer science from the University of Toronto, he holds three master's degrees—one in computer science from the University of Toronto and two in statistics from the University of Alberta and Banaras Hindu University. He was awarded the honorary doctorate of sciences from the prestigious Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad, the university’s highest degree.

A fellow of the IEEE and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Dr. Tripathi has published more than 200 scholarly papers, supervised more than 30 doctoral and postdoctoral students, and served on the program committees of numerous international conferences.  An active leader in the regional community, he is a member of the board of directors of the Buffalo Urban League and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. In July 2011, President Tripathi was named by Governor Cuomo to co-chair the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council, a group of engaged citizen leaders whose work culminated in December 2011 with the announcement of $100.3 million in New York State funding to spur economic growth in the Buffalo-Niagara region.

UB 2020

As the largest and most comprehensive research university in the State University of New York system, and as a member of the Association of American Universities, the University at Buffalo is a nationally ranked public research university.  Impactful research, scholarly distinction, transformative student experiences and far-reaching service to our local, state, national and international community’s define UB’s mission. 

To build on this strong foundation, the University at Buffalo is implementing a long-range strategic vision—known as UB 2020—focused on pursuing sustained research and educational excellence, achieving greater efficiency across campus operations, and expanding the university’s engagement and impact locally, as well as globally.  This vision is a framework for defining and implementing our institution’s academic goals for this decade and beyond. 

The UB 2020 vision is focused on building academic excellence.  Our collective aspiration is to become one of the nation’s premier research universities.  To meet this ambitious objective, we must focus our investments in areas that have strategic societal importance and the potential for UB to excel.  

An important element of UB 2020 has been to strengthen the faculty ranks and to increase the intellectual capacity of collaborative, cross-disciplinary faculty research teams dedicated to addressing the critical issues, ideas and challenges facing the 21st century. UB’s strategic strengths initiative is the signature interdisciplinary research initiative that brings together existing faculty expertise with investment in world-class new hires and resources that promise to give UB a preeminent leadership role for years to come in research that will transform lives and communities. During President Tripathi’s tenure as provost from 2005-10, he created a strategic hiring plan that resulted in the successful recruitment of more than 400 new faculty members, many of whom are national and international leaders in their disciplines, including nearly 140 targeted strategic strengths hires. 

UB 2020 has also created a platform from which the university is transforming undergraduate education in the midst of a very large and complex research university. The university’s objective is to create a unique undergraduate experience through innovative programs such as undergraduate academies, discovery seminars, 21st-century living-learning communities, international education opportunities and an enhanced and expanded honors college. Evidence of the success of these initiatives is seen in the recruitment of the most academically talented entering freshman class for four consecutive years (2007-10), with average SAT scores up by almost 20 points over that period to an all-time high. UB has enjoyed record numbers of freshman applications and significant increases in the percentage of matriculated freshman students reporting UB as their first choice college. 

Graduate education has been strengthened by an external peer review model for UB’s graduate programs. Graduate student quality has improved through initiatives to elevate admissions standards and provide enhanced stipends for graduate teaching assistants. Multiple programs and schools are admitting their most academically qualified cohorts ever. UB is one of few institutions in the country to have received multiple National Science Foundation IGERT awards for graduate education. 

President Tripathi has set a goal of adding 300 net new faculty to the university over the next five years and, through an invigorated development focus, intends for 100 of those positions to be funded as endowed chairs. To ensure that UB continues to attract more of the best and brightest students, President Tripathi has expressed his goal for the university to pursue $200 million in student scholarship endowments over the next five years.

A vibrant 21st-century physical campus environment plays a vital role in enhancing education, research and learning.  To foster a campus climate that will enable our faculty and students to thrive, UB 2020 has also challenged the university to rethink and redesign teaching, learning and living spaces across the university. As expressed in the comprehensive physical master plan, UB is already engaged in the planning and implementation of new academic building construction and renovations, new residential housing facilities, 21st-century library innovations, classrooms that support pedagogical innovation and the development of aesthetically enhanced indoor and outdoor university public spaces.

Initiatives that strategically transform the delivery of academic and support services across the university are also key components of UB 2020. Through careful analysis of the delivery of services in such areas as information technology, student services, human resources and research administration, the university has not only realized increased efficiencies and improved services, but has also achieved significant fiscal savings that have been and will continue to be reinvested in the core academic mission in support of academic excellence. 

An important next phase in the implementation of the UB 2020 vision, and a key priority for the new provost, is the relocation of the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences to the downtown medical campus. This $375 million construction project will provide a state-of-the art educational facility that will be ideally positioned to collaborate with area hospitals and health sciences partners in pursuit of enhanced research excellence, improved health care for Western New York and a thriving innovation economy.

With the recent passage of the NYSUNY 2020 legislation and targeted state investments spearheaded by Governor Andrew Cuomo, UB has a unique opportunity to invest in faculty growth across the academic disciplines. In mid-December, Governor Cuomo formally approved UB’s NY SUNY 2020 Challenge Grant, awarding $35 million to the university to support the pursuit of academic excellence and the relocation of the medical school to the downtown medical corridor.

By building upon the university’s strengths, increasing faculty ranks, improving the faculty/student ratio, developing an innovative interdisciplinary research paradigm, creating a unique experiential undergraduate learning environment, enhancing graduate education and developing the university’s teaching, learning, and research spaces, UB 2020 is transforming the University at Buffalo into a destination for the nation’s and world’s best faculty and students, where the expression of the university’s education, research and service missions can and will impact the members of UB’s local and global communities.

Education, Scholarship and Research


UB’s dedicated and distinguished faculty—numbering almost 1,600 full-time and more than 750 part-time members—are among the university’s greatest assets. UB faculty members have been recipients of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Medal of Science, the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the MacArthur Foundation ”genius award” and the Guggenheim Fellowship. More than 90 members of the UB faculty (more than any other campus in SUNY) are appointed to the SUNY Distinguished Rank, the highest academic rank in the State University of New York system.

UB faculty members are widely recognized as innovators in scholarly and creative activities. Through their high-impact research, UB faculty have contributed inventions that improve the quality of life for millions around the globe, including such widely used innovations as the implantable battery-operated cardiac pacemaker, the PSA test for prostate cancer, and document recognition and handwriting analysis software whose applications range from literary history and textual analysis to forensic science and homeland security. UB faculty have developed new ways of regenerating bones, healing wounds, saving the lives of premature infants, improving the efficiency of solar power and synthesizing new chemical compounds. UB is also rich in creative excellence, with a wealth of world-renowned performers, composers, authors, and visual and media artists who bring valuable first-hand experience to their roles as faculty members, teachers, and mentors.

UB’s faculty governance body is the Faculty Senate. The senate’s bylaws give it a substantial role in key governance issues, including advising on budget, the creation of academic departments and academic programs. The Faculty Senate operates through a wide range of standing committees. Its executive committee meets weekly and the provost is invited to attend.


The research and creative activities of the faculty are central to the UB 2020 vision for achieving sustained excellence as one of the nation’s great universities, and key to “Reaching Others” in UB’s mission as a public research university. UB’s research and creative activities also enrich the education and training of both graduate and undergraduate students, and help fuel the local and global economies by translating innovative ideas into practical applications.

UB’s faculty, students and staff are engaged in interdisciplinary research projects across the entire academic spectrum, ranging from the development of nanoelectronics for quantum computation to the Women’s Health Initiative to exploration of new ways to preserve endangered languages. Grounded in the UB 2020 strategic strengths, the university’s research portfolio produces results that make people in earthquake zones safer; extend knowledge of the human genome with practical applications in medicine, pharmacy and public health; move mail around the world faster; assist everyday life activities for persons with functional impairments and disabilities; and improve life in hundreds of other ways.

The New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences is one locus of UB’s interdisciplinary research efforts. Situated on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus in downtown Buffalo, the center joins UB experts within the life sciences, medicine, computer sciences and engineering with outside research partners, including the Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute. The Center for Computational Research, part of the Center of Excellence, provides high-performance computing and high-end visualization resources to the UB community and enables myriad research programs across multiple disciplines and campuses.

UB also has a long tradition of cutting-edge work in the humanities, including music, performing arts, creative writing and visual arts. In addition to the university’s long-established and renowned Poetics Program, scholarship and creativity are being advanced through many more recently established centers, including the Center for 21st-Century Music that draws upon nearly 50 years of excellence in contemporary music composition and performance, the Institute for Jewish Thought and Heritage, and the Humanities Institute, which draws on UB’s legacy as a faculty home to such influential intellectuals as Michel Foucault, Leslie Fiedler, Robert Creeley, John Barth, Raymond Federman, Pulitzer Prize winner Carl Dennis, Susan Howe and Nobel Prize winner J.M. Coetzee.

Home to more than 100 research centers and institutes, UB’s annual research expenditures are approximately $350 million, including the affiliated institutions. UB’s growing technology-transfer and business-incubation program maintains a portfolio of 174 active U.S. patents as of June 30, 2010; new technology disclosures average more than 100 per year. An average of 16 new licenses and options are executed annually, and there have been more than 40 start-up companies created over the past seven years that are developing new drugs, medical devices, energy-related technologies and other technologies discovered in UB’s research activities.

Academic Programs and Campus Life

UB’s total enrollment for fall 2011 is approximately 28,600 students (approximately 2/3 undergraduates and 1/3 graduate and professional students). The university offers more than 100 undergraduate degrees in an educational experience that is distinctly expressed through opportunities that engage students in inquiry and discovery, service learning and leadership in a globalized world. These university values come to life within a spectrum of transformative educational experiences initiatives that are part of the UB 2020 vision for academic excellence, including the Discovery Seminar Program, Undergraduate Academies, Living and Learning Communities, faculty mentored undergraduate research through the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities and an enhanced and expanded University Honors College. In academic year 2009-10, UB awarded more than 4,200 undergraduate degrees, with more than 43 percent of the graduates earning Latin honors (minimum GPA of 3.2).

The University at Buffalo enjoys a strong reputation nationally and internationally as a center of graduate and professional education, offering a full complement of graduate, doctoral and professional degrees, including 205 master’s degrees, 84 doctoral degree programs and five professional degree programs (M.D., J.D., L.L.M., D.N.P. and Pharm.D.). In recent years, the university has made significant investment in graduate student stipends to continue to attract and retain the very best students. In the 2009-10 academic year, UB granted almost 3,100 master’s, doctoral and professional degrees.

UB’s rich academic offerings are enhanced by a vast array of campus programs and activities available to all students, including more than 300 student clubs and organizations. The university’s Division I-A athletics program is complemented by outstanding recreational facilities, intramural offerings and 23 club sports. In addition to the extensive arts programming offered by academic units and in UB’s performance venues, UB is well-known throughout Buffalo Niagara for its Distinguished Speakers Series, which annually attracts more than 20,000 guests to lectures by Nobel peace, literature and science laureates, as well as heads of state, authors, scientists, media luminaries, entertainers and more.

A full array of student services is available, including a top-rated career services office and multiple programs that promote health and wellness. In 2009, UB was the first residential SUNY campus to institute a 100 percent smoke-free policy. UB is one of the country’s safest campuses, with safety and security ensured by a professional university police force that is trained and accredited by the state.

UB has become an increasingly residential campus, with more than 7,500 students now living on the North and South campuses. The university offers a variety of housing options including first-year residential centers, a new LEED-Gold certified, 600-bed residence hall for sophomores, and five apartment complexes for upper division undergraduates and graduate students.  Through a partnership between Student Affairs and Undergraduate Education, UB’s residence halls and apartments are expanding living-learning opportunities based on academic and special interests, the undergraduate academies and the Honors College.

Buffalo is often called “The City of Good Neighbors,” with UB doing its part to earn that moniker. UB students donate more than 20,000 volunteer efforts to community service projects. UB CORE (Community Outreach for Employees) promotes volunteerism among faculty and staff. UB sponsors an annual Campaign for the Community in which faculty, staff, and students have the opportunity to make financial contributions to support local, national and international charitable organizations. The university is proud to be a national leader in this endeavor, having raised more almost $8 million since 2002, with close to 65 percent of those funds designated to remain in the Buffalo-Niagara community.


Since the first Canadian students enrolled at the University at Buffalo in 1847, international education has been vital to UB’s identity. Long a leader in international education, UB in 1980 was the first U.S. university following normalization of relations to establish an institutional affiliation with a university in China. In 1991, UB was one of the first public research universities in the U.S. to establish a senior-level position (vice provost) to oversee international education, and it has since served as a model of best practices for many other universities across the state and nation.

The UB 2020 plan includes a strategic commitment to comprehensive internationalization. Particularly notable has been UB’s success in attracting and retaining top students from across the world. In the past 15 years, UB has more than tripled its international enrollment to more than 5,100 students, representing more than 110 countries. UB consistently places in the nation’s top 10-20 U.S. colleges and universities for international enrollment. In addition, nearly 12 percent of UB undergraduates study abroad, more than five times the national average. Today, UB maintains bilateral educational exchange programs with more than 75 universities around the world.

University Resources

Financial Resources

UB’s annual revenue from all sources, including university affiliates, was $1.2 billion in 2009-10, including $614 million in operating revenue. The university relies on diversified revenue streams and careful planning to mitigate the impact of the current budgetary challenges that are affecting the nation and New York State. Through the implementation of a formal annual planning and resource-allocation process, the University at Buffalo systematically creates the conditions to ensure that the university’s strategies stay relevant and aligned with its overarching institutional objective of academic excellence. The strategic financial plan has four parallel courses of action:

  • the generation of new revenues,
  • the judicious management of university expenses,
  • strategic budget reductions,
  • and the prudent utilization of central fund resources.

The implementation of the UB 2020 plan was significantly bolstered in late June 2011 by the New York State legislature’s passage of the pioneering NYSUNY 2020 legislation, which will provide UB with many of the tools needed to move forward with the next phase of the UB 2020 plan for academic excellence. A major outcome of the NYSUNY 2020 legislation is the establishment of a rational five-year tuition plan that ensures the university will have predictable tuition revenues over that time period—an outcome that enables students and their families to plan more effectively for the costs of higher education and enables the university to make strategic academic plans and investments over that five-year period. In addition to enhancing educational excellence and access for students, the revenues generated through these predictable tuition increases will provide critical resources for transformative investments in academic programs, new faculty hires and financial aid.


Private philanthropy provides additional fuel for the transformations envisioned in the UB 2020 plan. UB enjoys generous philanthropic support from alumni, friends, corporations and foundations. In September 2011, the university announced its largest ever individual gift of $40 million to support faculty and programs in the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. UB’s last capital campaign concluded in 2003, raising more than $292 million; the university’s present endowment is approximately $500 million. The current focus of the development effort is on building a sustainable major gifts program in anticipation of a new international campaign to be rolled out under the leadership of President Tripathi.

The University at Buffalo Foundation is a private, not-for-profit educational corporation with a mission to support and promote the activities and programs of the university through the management of the university’s endowment, the provision of advice and counsel regarding philanthropy and fundraising, the development and management of real property, and the provision of a wide range of financial services on behalf of the university. The UB Foundation is independent of the state and SUNY in the exercise of its fiduciary responsibilities. The executive director of the UB Foundation works collaboratively with the university’s senior leadership in supporting the university’s priorities.

Human Resources

The university’s faculty and staff are its most valued resources. The UB 2020 initiative has featured numerous projects geared toward enhancing the quality of the work life at the university and improving efficiencies in the delivery of human resource services.  UB has been recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For” for the past four years—since the beginning of The Chronicle’s annual survey.

UB’s faculty and staff are organized into multiple bargaining units, including United University Professions, Civil Service Employees Association, New York State Public Employees Federation, Police Benevolent Association of New York State and the Graduate Student Employees Union. UB also employs individuals through the Research Foundation of SUNY, and the University at Buffalo Foundation.

The current organizational chart for the University at Buffalo is available online at http://www.buffalo.edu/content/dam/www/eub/about_ub/UB-org-chart.pdf.

The current organizational chart for units reporting to the provost is available online at http://www.buffalo.edu/content/www/provost/admin-units/_jcr_content/par/download/file.res/ProvostOrgChartSeptember72011.pdf.


Recognizing the key role that a vibrant 21st-century physical campus environment plays in enhancing education, research and learning, UB is implementing a long-range plan for making its North, South and Downtown campus spaces more functional, beautiful and sustainable.  In support of its ongoing pursuit of academic excellence, UB will continue to invest in creating optimal teaching and learning, research, student services and library facilities, as well as the shared public spaces that are vital to fostering a robust campus community.   

UB’s North Campus, located in the Buffalo suburb of Amherst, is the university’s main undergraduate campus. Academic units on the North Campus include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Education, Law, Management, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Social Work. Opened in 1973, the North Campus comprises almost 1,200 acres and 125 buildings. The UB stadium and a substantial athletics and recreation complex provide an important connecting point for the university, its alumni and the community for athletic events and more. Slee Hall is a rich cultural resource for the Western New York community, offering more than 200 concerts each year, as is UB’s Center for the Arts, one of the region’s major performing arts venues that also houses the UB Art Gallery.

Three miles to the south, on the northern edge of the City of Buffalo, is the university’s historical South Campus, which serves as the primary health sciences campus, as well as the home to the School of Architecture and Planning. The South Campus is composed of 154 acres with 49 buildings. The university’s renowned Anderson Art Gallery, home to the university’s permanent art collection, is located in the residential neighborhood bordering the South Campus.

Over the past seven years, UB has seen a rapidly developing third campus center in downtown Buffalo, a manifestation of the UB 2020 vision for the university’s future. The focal point of UB’s downtown presence is the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, on which the new medical school facility will be constructed in proximity to the university’s health and life science partners, including  Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute and the Research Institute on Addictions. The Educational Opportunity Center and university units in the UB Downtown Gateway building provide a wide array of programs and services to the region’s urban and business communities.


With seven major libraries, the University at Buffalo Libraries offer comprehensive resources in support of the university’s teaching, research and service missions. As the largest library system within SUNY, the UB Libraries are home to more than 4 million print volumes and 6 million microforms. The libraries’ Web portal provides access to more than 95,000 full-text electronic journals and 675,000 electronic books, as well as databases and statistical sources. The libraries receive more than 3.5 million in-person visits and more than 3 million hits to their websites annually. The University Libraries are members of the prestigious Association of Research Libraries, the top 125 research libraries in North America.

Information Technology

Information technology plays a principal role in supporting the UB 2020 agenda, by enabling the campus to become more competitive for large grants, creating an environment where interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaborations can flourish, providing infrastructure for increasingly data-intensive disciplines and research, and enabling faculty to challenge students with new and innovative learning experiences. Appropriately invested in and directed, IT is a strategic asset to be leveraged for broad and comprehensive change and strategic institutional advancement. Since 2004, UB IT has engaged in an IT transformation project, achieving streamlining of critical processes and improved performance, as well as more than $5 million in lowered costs to be reinvested in areas of strategic focus in support of UB 2020.

The State University of New York

The State University of New York is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive state university system, consisting of 64 campuses including major research universities, health science centers, comprehensive and technical colleges, and community colleges, all committed to providing a broad range of outstanding academic programs for students within New York and from around the world.

SUNY enrolls almost 468,000 students, half of them in community colleges.  The University at Buffalo is one of four research centers in the SUNY system, along with the University at Albany, Binghamton University and the University at Stony Brook.

Nancy Zimpher was appointed chancellor of the SUNY system in June 2009. Under her leadership, SUNY has developed a far-reaching strategic plan, The Power of SUNY, which articulates six major themes to which SUNY will commit its energy and resources to revitalize the economy of New York and enhance the quality of life for its citizens. The University at Buffalo is already substantively engaged in each of these thematic areas, and it will provide statewide leadership within SUNY in the realization of the system’s strategic plan. 

Buffalo Niagara

The Buffalo-Niagara region, home to 1.5 million residents, is the state’s second largest major metropolitan area, exceeded only by New York City. The region includes a diverse blend of communities, each with its own distinct personality, yet commonly characterized by a distinctly neighborly way of life, an unpretentious nature and spirited loyalty among residents.

Buffalo’s own strong sense of community, easy lifestyle and affordability are why Forbes magazine in 2010 rated Buffalo one of the top 10 U.S. cities to raise a family, ranking 4th best in cost-of-living, 12th in quality of public education and “best U.S. city” for commuting. In 2011, Forbes ranked Buffalo as the nation’s best city for working mothers. Buffalo is billed as the “20-Minute City” for its lack of traffic delays and blissfully brief commutes. That translates to an enhanced quality of life for the university’s faculty, staff and students, who enjoy stress-free travel regardless of where they are headed around the region.

Buffalo is also among the five most affordable housing markets in the United States; the median price for a single family home is one-third lower than the national median. This and the fact that the overall cost of living is 14 percent below the national average are two of many factors that contribute to the region’s increasing recognition for its quality of life. The region also benefits greatly from the presence and partnership of more than 20 public and private colleges and universities

The Buffalo area is rich in natural resources and beauty, and offers an impressive array of cultural and recreational opportunities uncommon for a region of its size. Buffalo has rich cultural resources that reflect its distinguished history. In 2010, Buffalo was ranked first in the nation among mid-sized cities as an arts city by AmericanStyle Magazine, and consistently ranks in the country’s top 10 cities as an arts destination. It is home to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, housing one of the world’s finest collections of modern painting and sculpture.

The Grammy-Award winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, led by the internationally influential conductor, JoAnne Falletta, performs in Kleinhans Music Hall. Designed by the famed Finnish father and son team, Eliel and Eero Saarinen, Kleinhans is widely admired both for its acoustic qualities and its architectural beauty. Buffalo also boasts landmark homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, most notably the Darwin Martin House and Graycliff; noteworthy buildings designed by American architects Louis Sullivan and H.H. Richardson, and an expansive park system created by Frederick Law Olmsted. Buffalo has just completed hosting the enormously successful 2011 National Preservation Conference.

Buffalo is home to the state’s largest concentration of theaters outside of New York City. UB’s own Slee Hall is a rich cultural resource for the Western New York community, offering more than 200 concerts each year, as is UB’s Center for the Arts, one of the region’s major performing arts venues.

Buffalo Niagara is a four-season region that features the sunniest and driest summers of any major city in the Northeast. Crisp, comfortable autumns produce some of the Northeast’s most vibrant foliage, and temperate summers are a mecca for those who like to sail, fish, swim, run or bicycle.

For those who would rather watch and cheer, Buffalo fans have the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, Triple-A baseball’s Buffalo Bisons, the National Lacrosse League’s Buffalo Bandits and the Women Professional Soccer League’s Buffalo Flash.

Not far across the United States-Canada border is Toronto, less than a two-hour drive from Buffalo. The cultural, entertainment and financial capital of Canada, Toronto is also the country’s largest city, with more than 4.7 million residents in the greater Toronto area. Buffalo Niagara also is ideally located for easy access to many of America’s greatest cities. Only an hour’s flight time from Buffalo-Niagara National Airport (from which there are more than 100 nonstop daily flights) are New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago and Washington, D.C.