The Search for Buffalo State University’s Tenth President


SUNY Buffalo State University seeks nominations and applications for an accomplished, dynamic, inclusive, mission-focused, and visionary leader to serve as its Tenth President. In January 2023, the institution was designated as a university and changed its name from Buffalo State College to Buffalo State University. The next President will have the opportunity to build upon this new designation to strategically advance the university’s competitiveness locally, regionally, state-wide, nationally, and internationally.


Known as the City of Good Neighbors, Buffalo is the second largest city in New York State with a population of over 250,000. The population of the greater Buffalo-Niagara region is roughly 1.2 million. Buffalo boasts commercial, residential, and institutional buildings from some of the most revered architects in American history.


Buffalo State is a Master’s comprehensive institution with a long-standing commitment to excellence in higher education. An involved community of learners, scholars, leaders, and global citizens from all walks of life, Buffalo State celebrates its diversity and works together to achieve excellence, transform lives, and in turn, change the world. Founded in 1871 as Buffalo Normal School, Buffalo State has grown from an institution primarily dedicated to training teachers for the state of New York’s growing population to a large comprehensive university within the State University of New York system offering programs in education, arts and sciences, and professional studies. In 2021, Buffalo State celebrated its 150th anniversary with a year-long celebration featuring special events, speakers, performances, athletic competitions, alumni events, and other activities.


The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. There are more than three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum.


Mission: Buffalo State is a diverse and inclusive university committed to the intellectual, personal, and professional growth of its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Our mission is to empower students to succeed and to inspire a lifelong passion for learning. Buffalo State is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, service, scholarship, creative activity, and cultural enrichment.


Buffalo State fulfills its mission by supporting an engaged student population including 49.6% students of color, 23.0% first-generation college students, 50% Pell grant recipients, 20.4% adult learners, and 1.3% online students. In fall 2022, Buffalo State enrolled 6,445 students including 5,464 undergraduate and 981 graduate students. While the majority of students come from Erie and Niagara Counties, over 1,400 students are from Metro New York City. The university recruits both nationally and internationally. Buffalo State offers 79 undergraduate and 64 graduate programs in three academic schools, Arts and Sciences, Education, Professions, and the Office of Graduate Studies.


Buffalo State employs 1,133 full-time and 437 part-time faculty and staff. The consolidated operating budget is over $229 million. The Buffalo State College Foundation Inc, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization manages $89.5 million in total assets of which more than $75 million is permanently endowed.


The President serves as the chief administrative officer of the university. The President will be dedicated to academic excellence, student success, building a diverse community and culture of opportunity for all, open and shared governance, and financial as well as environmental sustainability. The university seeks a creative, inspirational, and effective administrator committed to public higher education and to promoting the interconnectedness of liberal arts and sciences and professional programs to educate future generations of students. The next leader should be the embodiment of the university’s mission.


To view the qualifications for the position and additional information, please visit:


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Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Application materials should include a letter describing interest in and qualifications for the position in relation to the attributes described above, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for five professional references. Background checks will be conducted on all finalists. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.


All nominations and applications should be sent in confidence to:

Steve Leo, Managing Director

Christopher Lee, Ph.D., SPHR, Managing Director

Vicki Henderson, Senior Associate

Storbeck Search


Buffalo State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution that subscribes to all federal, state, and SUNY legal requirements and does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees on the basis of race, sex, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, or marital or veteran status (Nondiscrimination Notice).