: International News
Indian American Satish Tripathi
appointed US varsity president
Washington, April 21, 2011
Reputed Indian American computer
scientist Satish K. Tripathi, a Banaras Hindu University
alumnus, has been appointed president of the prestigious
University at Buffalo (UB) in New York state.
Tripathi, 60, is the first non-American president in the
history of UB, the largest and most comprehensive university
in the State University of New York (SUNY) system and one of
two SUNY institutions which is a member of the prestigious
Association of American Universities (AAU).
Jeremy M. Jacobs, chair of the UB Council and the presidential
search committee, said Tripathi was the unanimous choice of
the council, selected from an outstanding pool of some 70
candidates in a very competitive search spread over seven
"Dr. Tripathi is a gifted leader and accomplished researcher
who possesses the ability and knowledge to guide UB to become
one of the world's truly great research universities," Jacobs
Tripathi says he is committed to furthering the vision of the
university that is at the heart of the UB 2020 plan: to make
UB an excellent university and bring it to the next level,
where it is competing with the top research universities in
"To do that, we need to make an impact with our research, have
a better quality of life for our citizenry and foster economic
development in Western New York, as well as provide an
excellent education for our students," he said.
Tripathi, who served as UB provost and executive vice
president for academic affairs for six years, succeeds John B.
Simpson as head of SUNY's most comprehensive university.
Tripathi graduated top of his class from Banaras Hindu
University in India, and holds three master's degrees - one in
computer science from the University of Toronto and two in
statistics from the University of Alberta and Banaras Hindu
After receiving a doctorate in computer science from the
University of Toronto in 1979, he joined the computer science
faculty at the University of Maryland, where he spent 19 years
on the faculty, including seven years as department chair.
He moved on to the University of California-Riverside in 1997
to become dean of the Bourns College of Engineering. He joined
UB as provost and executive vice president for academic
affairs in 2004.