Buffalo – Governor Andrew M.
Cuomo and State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher were on the
University at Buffalo campus today to approve UB’s NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant
application, providing a critical piece of funding to enable UB to move ahead
with its UB 2020 plan for academic excellence.
2020 will create jobs, facilitate private investment and help turn the
University of Buffalo into a national leader amongst public research
universities," Governor Cuomo said. "This is a real investment in
revitalizing economic development in Western New York. I look forward to seeing
how this plan transforms the region and I commend the Western New York
legislative delegation for helping to turn this project into a reality."
“The SUNY campuses continue
to realize the benefits of Governor Cuomo’s vision and leadership for a
stronger New York and a more competitive public university system,” said
Chancellor Zimpher. “By ensuring affordability, by hiring new faculty and
increasing access, and by moving the medical school downtown and creating
nearly 3,000 healthcare and construction jobs for Western New York, the
University at Buffalo’s NYSUNY 2020 plan promises to better serve students and
positively impact both the local and state economies. This is truly a proud day
for the University at Buffalo, for SUNY, and for all of New York State.”
“We are very thankful to Gov.
Cuomo, SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, and the state legislature for their
continued support over the past year,” said UB President Satish K. Tripathi.
“This funding will have a historic impact on our university—one that will
transform the depth and scope of UB’s academic and research enterprise while
significantly expanding our role in improving the quality of life in Western
In securing the $35 million
Challenge Grant—together with additional funding provided through the NYSUNY
2020 legislation approved by the State Legislature in June—UB will move ahead
with plans to hire new faculty across the university, expand its academic
offerings and facilities for all students, and relocate the UB School of
Medicine and Biomedical Sciences to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
With the funding provided by
the Challenge Grant, and with additional funding provided through NYSUNY 2020
legislation, UB will:
- Hire 300 new faculty in
strategic areas to increase the university’s research output and the
economic impact of UB research;
- Replace 300 faculty expected
to leave the university due to attrition over the next five years with 400
faculty to strengthen university programs in all academic disciplines;
- Improve academic support
facilities to provide state-of-the-art educational and research
environments for faculty and students; and
- Move forward with the first
phases of a $375 million plan to relocate the UB School of Medicine and
Biomedical Sciences to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, where the UB
school will be in close proximity to UB’s other assets on the medical
campus: a new Clinical and Translational Research Center and Educational
Opportunity Center now under construction; the new UB Downtown Gateway
(former M. Wile building); and the New York State Center of Excellence in
Bioinformatics and Life Sciences.
Achieving these objectives,
Tripathi said, will enhance the quality of education for all UB students in all
academic disciplines, create new jobs in the region, and improve health care
for all citizens of Western New York.
“Imagine what our community
will look like when we realize this next phase of UB 2020,” Tripathi
said. “Buffalo will be a destination for world-class health care and
research, new businesses will be created through innovative research-industry
partnerships, thousands of new jobs will be created for our region’s people,
and we will attract more of the world’s best faculty and bright students into
Next month, UB will begin
contracting for design of a new medical school. Site selection is expected to
be completed in the spring and building designs completed in April 2013.
Construction is anticipated to begin in September 2013 and be completed in the
fall of 2016.
UB’s Challenge Grant funding
adds to other efforts by Cuomo to help revitalize the economy of Western New
York, Tripathi noted. Last week, the governor announced $100.3 million in
funding for an economic-development plan produced by the Western New York
Regional Economic Council, co-chaired by Tripathi and Buffalo businessman
Howard Zemsky. Nearly 10 percent of the funding will aid research institutions
on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, including the Jacobs Institute, Roswell
Park Cancer Institute, and the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research
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