Dr. Podolefsky became the eighth president of Buffalo State on July 1, 2010.
Highlights and Accomplishments
In fall 2011, the college extended its reach into the community with the opening of the Community Academic Center. The center, located off campus at 214 Grant Street, serves as a hub for cradle-to-career educational support programming for youth and families on Buffalo’s West Side.
Buffalo State was named a “Great College to Work For” by the Chronicle of Higher Education in 2011 and 2012, both times earning recognition for the college’s commitment to shared governance.
An advocate of the accessibility and value of public higher education, Podolefsky introduced Buffalo State’s first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign, Transforming Lives: A Campaign for Buffalo State, in 2012 to ensure that the college will continue to provide an affordable, high-quality education.
At his State of the College address in September 2012, Podolefsky announced plans to add a net of 30 new full-time faculty members by 2014-2015.
Podolefsky declared the 2011-2012 academic year as the Year of the Arts. What followed was an eclectic line-up of hundreds of thought-provoking performances and events that highlighted the college’s diverse and creative environment to the greater Western New York community. Podolefsky went on to declare 2012-2013 the Year of the City and 2013-2014 the Year of the Teacher.
Podolefsky introduced a new college crest in January 2013. In addition to the new crest, He also led efforts to shift the college’s official short name from “Buffalo State College” to “SUNY Buffalo State” to better align campus identity efforts.
In the annual State of the College address, the president outlines the successes and challenges of the previous academic year.
2012-2013 State of the College Address
September 27, 2012
2011-2012 State of the College Address
April 5, 2012