Niagara Gazette

August 16, 2013

UB ready to welcome Obama on Thursday

Staff reports
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — AMHERST — President Barack Obama's planned two-day bus tour next week will include a stop at the University at Buffalo.

UB President Satish Tripathi says Obama will be on campus on Thursday.

“President Obama’s visit to the University at Buffalo will be a historic occasion for our university and our community,” Tripathi said, “and we are happy to provide a forum for the president to address issues important to our nation."

Obama’s address to the nation from the UB campus is expected to focus on issues important to America’s middle class, such as the rising cost of higher education. As a major public research university and a leading voice in the national conversation about issues vital to higher education, UB is an appropriate setting for such a discussion, Tripathi said.    

The New America Foundation report highlighted UB as one of six “next generation” universities nationwide, citing the university’s innovative approaches to controlling costs and expanding student access while improving the quality of education. UB was noted, in particular, for working with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher to enact the historic NYSUNY 2020 legislation, and the report praised UB’s “Finish in 4” graduation pledge to students.

A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), UB was praised this year as a national model for higher education reform by the New America Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public policy institute. 

Further information regarding the timing, location and topic of Obama’s address at UB will be forthcoming from the White House, as well as additional details about the availability of tickets for this event. 

The university will provide updates about Obama’s visit on its website, www.buffalo.edu.

The White House has said Obama's other stops include Syracuse and Binghamton in upstate New York and northeastern Pennsylvania.