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Zimpher “Delighted”

Here is the press release I received last night at 11:51pm from SUNY spokesperson David Belsky:

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, September 15, 2010

New York City – State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher (pictured here with a University of Cincinnati Bearcat mascot crawling on her shoulder—click on photo for a larger image) today reported to the SUNY Board of Trustees on the search for a new president for the University at Buffalo.

“I am delighted to report that the University at Buffalo Council is moving forward and establishing the search committee for a new president in accordance with SUNY Presidential Search Guidelines,” Chancellor Zimpher told the Board. “I plan to appoint a representative from SUNY System Administration to the search committee, and will visit Buffalo as the committee begins their work to provide them with their charge. This is a critical moment for UB and all of Western New York, and we will ensure that future leadership is selected in an efficient, compliant and effective manner.”

Chancellor Zimpher also noted that she will discuss with the UB Council possible candidates to serve as interim president and, at a special meeting, present her nomination to the Board of Trustees for approval before their November meeting.

This same process for selecting interim presidents at SUNY campuses was recently followed at New Paltz resulting in the appointment of Don Christian and also at Binghamton resulting in the appointment of C. Peter Magrath. In addition, Western New York not long ago experienced the selection of a permanent president at Buffalo State College, resulting in the appointment of Aaron Podolefsky.

Mind you, this statement comes out sixteen days after John Simpson announced he was quitting, and Jeremy Jacobs announced he had named Scott Nostaja interim president—against SUNY Presidential Search Guidelines and NYS Education Law. So it’s not really the “same process for selecting interim presidents at SUNY campuses (that) was recently followed at New Paltz…(etc.).”

In the interim, UB faculty have had time to churn. Scott Nostaja has kind of/sort of withdrawn, for the time being, his nomination as interim President.

Today, through another source, we learned how Zimpher also took the opportunity yesterday to recommend that the members of the SUNY Board of Trustees elect Gary M. Bichler, Wayne S. Blank, Robert E. Denning, and Terrence M. Gilbride to the Board of Trustees of the University at Buffalo Foundation, Inc., for terms of office to expire on June 30, 2013.

Bichler currently serves on the Boards of UBF Corporation (property development), University at Buffalo Foundation (property operation), UBF Faculty-Student Housing Corp. (property operation), and the one that’s so fun to say, FNUB Inc. (property operation).

Blank is on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Arts and Sciences at SUNYAB.

Denning is the Chair of UB Foundation Services, Inc. (sponsored program administration, other agency activity), and UB Foundation Activities, Inc. (financial management services & activities, gift expenditures). UB Foundation Activities, Inc. is also the arm that pays over a million dollars a year to various characters like John Simpson and Scott Nostaja—above and beyond state salaries. They’re also the group that can easily afford to offer $15 million to buy McCarley Gardens.

Gilbride is a real estate and finance attorney for Hodgson Russ.

Zimpher also recommended that Jeremy M. Jacobs, Jr.; Robert G. Morris; and Keith Stolzenburg be reelected to the Board of Trustees of the University at Buffalo Foundation, Inc., for terms of office to expire on June 30, 2013.

Jacobs is also the Chair of the UB Council, and Chairman and CEO of Delaware North Companies, among other things.

Morris is also on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Arts and Sciences at SUNYAB. He recently retired as a partner and Chief Investment Officer for Lord Abbett, a privately held money management firm.

Stolzenburg is a partner at Pricewaterhouse Coopers, LLC.

Click here to read Zimpher’s memo to the SUNY Board of Trustees. And click here to read the agenda for yesterday’s SUNY Board of Trustees meeting. Note that the first order of business was to adjourn into executive session—which is just about the oldest trick in the book for public boards that wish to conduct business in secret.

When asked why the memo and agenda weren’t included in the press release we received from Belsky, and why we had to obtain it from another source, SUNY spokesperson Casey Vattimo said, “We don’t put press releases out on all of the board’s actions. Just the ones we think are of interest to the media. That’s the best explanation I can give you on that.”

It’s almost like they don’t want people to know everything that’s going on within the State University of New York system.

Yet they tell us they need more autonomy.


  • Buck Quigley

    Sorry.

    I forgot how many Jeremy M. Jacobses were involved with SUNYAB Foundations. The memo apparently recommends reelection of Jeremy M. Jacobs, JUNIOR, to the Board of Trustees of the University at Buffalo Foundation, Inc..

    Apologies to Jerry and his dad. Or, congratulations to them both, I mean.

    http://www.delawarenorth.com/Jerry-Jacobs-Jr.aspx

  • Jim Holstun

    Chancellor Zimpher should be delighted: in the midst of a “crisis,” she is redecorating her NYC office for several million dollars, and giving huge pay raises to her trustiest minions. She’s being called to Albany to explain all this later this week.

    http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/SUNY-pay-hikes-draw-hearing-663739.php