BUFFALO, N.Y. — The State University of New York Board of Trustees today appointed Satish K. Tripathi as the 15th president of the University at Buffalo. Tripathi has served as UB’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs for the past six years.
Today’s appointment is the result of a seven-month international search, during which the search committee considered nearly 70 highly qualified candidates who represented a wide range of academic disciplines and professional experiences. A video of today’s press conference will be posted to the University at Buffalo YouTube channel.
SUNY Board Chairman Carl T. Hayden said, “Dr. Tripathi has excelled as provost and executive vice president at the University at Buffalo, aiding in the development of its strategic plan and enhancing the university’s academic and research portfolios. The board is most confident that he will prove an extraordinary leader for UB as its 15th president.”
SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher said, “Major public research universities like UB engage in research that helps build vibrant communities at home and across the globe, and they require leadership of exceptional caliber. As a transformative leader with an international reputation for excellence, Dr. Tripathi will provide outstanding leadership for UB and the Western New York community.”
Tripathi said he is “privileged and humbled by the opportunity to lead this remarkable university.”
“Throughout the last decade, we have built steadily upon our university’s tradition of excellence, and the strategic vision we have pursued together has done much to strengthen this foundation,” he said. “Our promise is great, and I am confident that UB’s national prominence can, and will, rise — bringing our university within the upper echelon of public research universities. As UB grows in stature, quality and impact, so will our ability to fulfill our core mission. My definition of that mission is very ambitious, but it’s also very simple. In essence, I believe everything we do as an academic community is about making the world a better place. I am eager to get to work together with our university, our community and our partners around the world to pursue that vision.”