President reaffirms UB 2020 plan
Tripathi delivers annual State of the University Address
Published: Sunday, October 13, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 14, 2013 02:10
The Lippes Concert Hall was filled mainly with UB administrators, faculty and staff with very few students in attendance.
Though Tripathi felt the 11 a.m. speech may have conflicted with many students’ class schedules, Provost Charles Zukoski believed there was a different reason for the small student attendance.
Zukoski described trying to increase student involvement in the goals of UB 2020 as an “interesting challenge.” He said the nature of the initiative has a lot of students disinterested because many of the goals will affect students starting in 2016, after most students currently enrolled will have graduated.
“There is a challenge in the time constants of the students and time constants of the institution,” Zukoski said. “When we implement these things, we almost have to start four years ahead.”
Asked what the administration plans to tell current students about how UB 2020 will affect them, Tripathi said the increased faculty this year already affects students.
Zukoski said the short-term goals of UB 2020 revolve around improving student life and the long-term goals are more academics- and infrastructure-based. He added that making UB a more prestigious institution in the future will have a direct impact on students who graduate prior to 2016. He said students will be able to say they graduated from the prominent school UB is looking to become.
Tripathi said he is happy with the progress UB has made over the past year and is confident in achieving his UB 2020 plan.
“As a public research university, this is what our mission is all about: to enrich the quality of life through our ideas, discoveries and contributions,” Tripathi said. “Our students, faculty and staff bring this mission to life each day. You are advancing research that responds to vital societal needs. You are providing a relevant, rigorous curriculum that prepares students to compete and lead in the 21st century. And you are partnering with our communities to make the most of these contributions.”
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Bruce Pitman thought the president succeeded in articulating his goals and ideas for the future of UB. He believes the UB community needs to embrace UB 2020 to see the plan through.
“The president put out his vision of what the campus can be and now, it is up to us to respond to it,” Pitman said.