Submit ideas for renaming Porter Quad

Published February 15, 2021

Members of the UB community are invited to nominate an individual to be considered for the honorific renaming of Porter Quad in the Ellicott Complex.

Porter is being renamed to align with UB’s identity as a diverse, inclusive, welcoming, scholarly community. Peter B. Porter, for whom the residence hall was originally named, was a Buffalo resident who served as the U.S. secretary of war, a member of Congress, secretary of the State of New York, and a regent of the University of the State of New York. He owned five enslaved African Americans.

For the honorific renaming of Porter, UB is seeking nominees, either living or deceased, who have made exceptional contributions to UB and/or Western New York that have left a positive imprint on our institution and our region, or have distinguished themselves through exceptional achievements and contributions, and have demonstrated a steadfast commitment to UB’s mission of public service.

“By honoring individuals whose achievements and contributions embody our university’s core values of personal and professional excellence and service, we reaffirm our commitment to these ideals and their role in guiding our academic enterprise,” President Satish K. Tripathi says.

To submit a nomination, email the individual’s name, title and a brief summary of their accomplishments to by March 22.