University of Buffalo gets its first Indo-American President
Date: Thursday , March 31, 2011
University of Buffalo’s Provost Satish K. Tripathi is recommended by Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher of the State University of New York as the next president of the University of Buffalo. It would make Dr. Tripathi, UB's 15th president and the first born outside the United States and leader of the largest public university in the state during what's considered a critical time in its history.
Tripathi is an internationally recognized computer scientist who joined UB as Provost - the university's chief academic officer on the 1st of July, 2004, after serving as dean of the Bourns College of Engineering at the University of California, Riverside. This opportunity will make him, who was born in the village Patna of Uttar Pradesh, the first Indian American to head a Research University which is a part of the American Association of Universities.
Chancellor Zimpher has requested the State University of New York Board of Trustees to convene a special meeting in April in Buffalo to formally consider Tripathi's appointment for the post. She also named Tripathi as UB's officer-in-charge, effective immediately, with all of the responsibilities and authority of a campus president. Tripathi said “It would be my distinct privilege to lead our remarkable university, which is recognized for its tradition of excellence and has an extraordinary future ahead.”
Speaking at the occasion, Chancellor Zimpher said, "It is my great pleasure to recommend Dr. Satish Tripathi as the next president of the University at Buffalo. Dr. Tripathi's international reputation as an accomplished researcher and transformative leader in higher education makes him ideally suited for this post. Public research universities like UB provide access to high quality, affordable education and engage in research that helps build vibrant communities at home and across the globe. Dr. Tripathi will provide outstanding leadership for UB as it carries out this important mission.