UB Launches Communities of Excellence

Published May 28, 2015 This content is archived.

Dear University Community:

Through UB 2020, we have committed to enhancing UB’s capacity to address the difficult problems and questions of our time through impactful, interdisciplinary research, education, and engagement. Communities of Excellence will achieve this by allowing us to capture, focus, and combine our existing faculty strengths to enhance our impact on our local and global communities and offer distinct and innovative educational opportunities for our students.

Following a highly competitive selection process, I am very pleased to announce the focus areas of our new Communities of Excellence:

Global Health Equity, SMART, and GEM emerged as the leaders from an outstanding group of finalists after a year-long, competitive Communities of Excellence proposal process that engaged hundreds of UB faculty members. Final proposals were reviewed by a panel chaired by Interim Vice President for Research and Economic Development, Venu Govindaraju and composed of distinguished professors Carl Lund, Chemical and Biological Engineering; Margarita Dubocovich, Pharmacology and Toxicology; Cristanne Miller, English; Joseph Gardella, Chemistry; as well as A. Scott Weber, Academic Affairs and Sean Sullivan, Academic Planning, Budget and Evaluation. I am grateful to the panel for their careful analyses and evaluations, which were crucial to the final decision.

I have been incredibly impressed with the engagement of our university community throughout the process of developing the Communities of Excellence – from the conceptualization of the initiative in campus discussions, to the nearly 100 submissions of Community concepts, and to the final proposals. Our faculty’s leadership and creativity have benefitted our entire academic community and will have lasting impact within our university and well beyond.

This is a transformational moment for UB. To learn more about the Communities of Excellence, I invite you to click here to explore our multimedia announcement. 



Charles F. Zukoski
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs