New UB Leader Means New Changes

September 24, 2011 Updated Sep 24, 2011 at 8:11 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

September 24, 2011 Updated Sep 24, 2011 at 8:11 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY
With the passage of the new SUNY 2020 bill and a recent $40 million anonymous donation, university leaders say new president Dr. Satish Tripathi has the resources to make UB an international icon.

Tripathi was inaugurated Friday as the University at Buffalo's 15th president after a unanimous recommendation by the UB council and it was all based on his track record.

In addition to being provost of the university, Tripathi served as the Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs.

He is trained in computer science. His impressive resume includes a seven year stint as the dean of the College of Engineering at the University of California - Riverside.

As president of UB, Tripathi will be in charge of implementing the UB 2020 plan which recently received a major boost from Governor Cuomo in June with the passage of legislation allowing SUNY campuses to raise tuition and subsequently prevents the state from later cutting funding due to those increases.

The university hopes to position itself as a leader in global research which means drastically transforming operations related to student services and other technology and business related goals, all parts of the UB 2020 Plan.

Perhaps one of the most visible changes will be the relocation of the medical campus to downtown Buffalo.

UB says the move will revamp the health care system in Western New York while growing desperately needed jobs in the region.

Starting in October, Tripathi plans to visit 20 cities over the next 20 months in a effort to share the university's mission with potential supporters of the changes coming down the line.