Safeguarding University and Faculty Assets and Interests

UB is proud to be a truly global university with a distinguished faculty who come from around the world and one of the nation’s largest international enrollments. We have a mission to impact and positively change the world through groundbreaking research, transformative educational experiences, and deeply engaged service to our local and global communities.

Our Committment

At UB, we are committed to core values of freedom of speech and inquiry, open sharing of knowledge, and scholarly integrity. We are dedicated to protecting our faculty and university’s academic freedom from undue external influence. To ensure our faculty and students’ interests on campus and while traveling abroad, and to protect our institutional interests we have created the Task Force on Safeguarding University and Faculty Assets and Interests to:

  • Review related current campus policies, procedures and activities in light of recent federal discussions around undue external influence
  • Recommend additional campus policies, practices and educational programs, if needed, to bolster and mitigate risk for UB faculty, staff, students, and partners
  • Strategize the coordination of all related campus activities and making reporting and compliance procedures less burdensome
  • Communicate with faculty about potential threats to the security of their research and provide reminders about existing disclosure and export controls compliance requirements 

Task Force Members

Task Force Chair

Venu Govindaraju
Vice President for Research and Economic Development 

Chair Advancement Subcommittee

Rodney Grabowski
Vice President for University Advancement

Co-Chairs Awareness Building and Training

Robert Granfield
Professor and Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs 

Mark Coldren
Associate Vice President for Human Resources 

Chair Information Technology Subcommittee

Brice Bible
Vice President and Chief Information Officer 

Co-Chairs Intellectual Property Subcommittee

Moises Sudit
Executive Director, Center for Multisource Information Fusion, Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Mary Kraft
Director, Post-Award, Sponsored Project Services

Chair International Visitors and Collaborations

John Wood
Interim Vice Provost for International Education 

Co-Chairs Strategic Communications and Coalition Building

Beth Del Genio
Chief of Staff, Office of the President 

John Della Contrada
Vice President for Communications 


Despina Stratigakos
Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence

Kenneth Tramposch
Senior Associate Vice President for Research (retired)