BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The University of Buffalo President, Satish K. Tripathi, addressed a crowded room, giving his annual State of the University speech. He covered numerous topics including an expansion idea.
“We are breaking new ground and expanding our impact,” said Tripathi.
The president discusses a proposal to move two graduate schools to from the north campus to the south campus. The idea comes as the medical school and its 1300 faculty, staff and students are preparing to leave the campus to move to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. That move will leave a void in use at the south campus.
“If we are to prepare our students to become the next generation of global leaders, we must provide the physical environments for them to work,” said Tripathi.
To fill the gap, the president would like to move the Graduate School of Education and the Graduate School of social work to the south campus.
“We are intent on bringing our intellectual assets to help local businesses expand and thrive.”
The move would transplant 1500 students, faculty and staff members to the south campus. The university hopes it will help the surrounding community and open up space at the north campus.
The proposal is a two phase plan. The first includes renovating Parker and Townsend Halls and transforming them into a space for the School of Social Work. The second part includes constructing a new development center for the School of Education.
The university has not disclosed a timeline or funding source for this proposal. The medical school is on track to move to the downtown campus in 2017.