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Indian-American Satish Tripathi appointed President of University at Buffalo

Tuesday, 19 April 2011, 11:58 Hrs
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Washington: Indian American Satish Tripathi, an internationally recognised computer scientist, has been appointed as President of the prestigious University at Buffalo (UB) in New York.

State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees announced Tripathi's appointment to this top post following seven-month international research. During which the search committee considered nearly 70 candidates.

With his appointment, Tripathi, 60, has become the first non-American president in UB's history.

He is the 15th president of UB, the largest and most comprehensive university in the SUNY system and one of two SUNY institutions to be a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU).

"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," said SUNY Board Chairman, Carl T Hayden.

"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," University Chancellor Nancy L Zimpher said.

Tripathi said he is privileged and humbled by the opportunity to lead this remarkable university.

"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," he said.

Tripathi, 60, joined UB as provost, the university's chief academic officer - on July 1, 2004, after serving as dean of the Bourns College of Engineering at the University of California , Riverside .

Among his many accomplishments at UB, Tripathi was one of the principal creators of the UB 2020 strategic plan to achieve academic and research excellence. Tripathi also led a strategic planning process for UB's international programmes that has led to significant expansion of UB's international presence and the continued globalization of UB's US campuses.

Tripathi signed a memorandum of understanding in 2005 with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to establish the Indo-US 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 programmes in management and computer science.
Source: PTI
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