BUFFALO, NY (release) - SUNY Buffalo State President Aaron Podolefsky announced Monday that he will step down as the college’s eighth president, effective July 31, to focus on his health and continue treatment for prostate cancer. Podolefsky, who has been on sick leave since May, informed the campus community of the difficult decision this morning.
“In what has been a personally challenging and arduous journey, I’ve given long, thoughtful consideration to the next step on this life path and have concluded that my overall well-being and quality of life must be my first priority,” Podolefsky said in an e-mail message to Buffalo State faculty, staff, and students. “Therefore, I share with you the news that I’ve notified SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher that I will be stepping down as president of Buffalo State, effective July 31.”
Podolefsky added, “Serving as Buffalo State’s president has been one of the greatest privileges in my professional life in public higher education. It’s been an honor to work with such dedicated, talented and remarkable faculty and staff. From the first time I set foot on campus, I have felt at home and welcomed by this community. (My wife) Ronnie and I will always be grateful for our time in the Buffalo State family.”
Podolefsky’s three-year tenure at Buffalo State is best defined by his steadfast commitment to the college’s mission, vision, and people.
That commitment to fulfilling The Promise of Buffalo State—the theme of Podolefsky’s inaugural address in 2010—can been seen across the 125-acre campus in the new facilities that have transformed the landscape of Buffalo State. In three significantly productive years, Podolefsky and the college have celebrated the opening of a new Student Apartment Complex ($45 million); phase one of the Science and Mathematics Complex ($52.3 million); the renovation of Rockwell Hall’s third floor ($9.5 million); the renovation of the Campbell Student Union ($6.3 million); and most recently, the Technology Building ($36.5 million), which will host classes this fall.