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Nostaja Quits

Two newspapers at the State University of New York at Buffalo are reporting that Scott Nostaja quietly quit his job last Wednesday as senior vice president for operations. Nostaja only became a state employee last summer, although he had been paid several hundred thousand dollars annually by UB Foundation Activities since 2005, as a consultant helping to mold the UB 2020 plan. Here’s the brief mention of his departure in the UB Reporter. Here’s the story from the UB Spectrum. Business First also published the news this morning.

Seven months ago—when John Barclay Simpson dropped his resignation on the UB community the first day of the fall semester—Nostaja was named interim president of UB. Problems with that quickly arose when it was recognized that he’d been improperly named to that position. Nostaja subsequently withdrew his name, sort of.

Now he is gone, just days after Satish Tripathi was named Officer-in-Charge of the university—soon to be approved by the SUNY Trustees as president.

According to UB spokesperson John Della Contrada, Nostaja’s last day at UB was Friday, March 25. He did not leave a public departure statement.

This letter serves as the official statement from the university, concerning his resignation:

March 23, 2011

Dear Colleagues,

I write today to notify you that this afternoon Scott Nostaja informed me of his decision to resign as Senior Vice President for Operations.

I extend my thanks and genuine appreciation to Scott for his many contributions to UB.  During Scott’s tenure at UB, he was instrumental in helping to move our university forward.

On an interim basis, UB departments previously reporting to Scott will now report to the Office of the President with Bob Wagner, Senior Advisor to the Officer in Charge, responsible for managing the day to day issues.  Human Resources Operations will continue to be overseen by James Jarvis.  Human Resources Employee Relations, Wellness, and Employee Assistance Program will continue to be overseen by Jennifer Bowen.  UB Business Services will continue to be overseen by Michael Levine.  The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Affirmative Action will continue to be directed by Sharon Nolan-Weiss.

These reporting relationships will remain in place while I will evaluate UB’s administrative needs to determine the most appropriate organizational structure as we move forward.

I know you join me in extending to Scott best wishes for success in all of his personal and professional endeavors.

Satish K. Tripathi
Officer in Charge



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