BUFFALO, NY - Danny White, University at Buffalo (UB) Director of Athletics, joined by Pete Augustine, President of New Era, announced the launch of the "University at Buffalo: New York Bulls Initiative," and the formation of a volunteer Board of Advisors to provide strategic guidance to the UB Athletics leadership team.
Elevating the stature of UB Athletics to a nationally recognized brand in college sports is the purpose of this new initiative. As a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the largest public university in New York State, this initiative will position UB as the premier athletic department in the state.
"The board is energized by the vision of UB athletics to elevate the profile of its programs to match the university's high academic standards and to bring the message of pride to the many alumni that live across the state" Augustine states. "Engaging that extensive network of alumni and partnering with key businesses locally and nationally will be a key to this initiative gaining momentum."
Over the summer, UB Athletics announced several exciting new media partnerships locally, as well as across the state of New York. In addition, starting this football season, the athletics department has enhanced the tailgate experience with a free concert series and introduced a plan to build the East Club at UB Stadium, spanning the length of what is currently the 200-level. Strategic efforts are underway to galvanize the UB alumni base, and the Western New York community, to bring a vibrant college athletics atmosphere to campus.
"To be sure, it is our institutional profile and position as New York's largest and most comprehensive public university, that gives UB Athletics more potential than any other program in the country. We have an opportunity to build an athletic program that is commensurate with the university's academic prestige, as so many of our AAU peers in public higher education across the country have done.
"UB Athletics is extremely fortunate to have so many leaders in our community, as well as the sports industry nationally, who believe in our vision and offer their support. We are grateful for Pete's service as our chair, as well as the willingness of all our new board members to advance this initiative," said White.
For more information about the University at Buffalo: New York Bulls Initiative, visit BuffaloBulls.com.
The "University at Buffalo: New York Bulls Initiative" Board of Advisors are: Chairperson, Pete Augustine, BS '87, President, New Era Cap Co.; Russ Brandon, President & CEO, Buffalo Bills; Kevin Brinkworth, BA '63, JD '66, Real Estate Developer; Mark Czarnecki, BS '77, President M&T Bank; Greg D'Alba, BA '81, President of CNN News Networks and Turner Digital Sales and Marketing; Bob Denning, BS '91, EMBA '00, President & CEO, Perry's Ice Cream; Doug Dimitroff, JD '89, Partner, Phillips Lytle LLP; Colleen DiPirro, President and CEO, Amherst Chamber of Commerce; Jerry Jacobs Jr., Principal, Delaware North Companies, Inc.; Mike Joseph, President, Clover Management Inc.; Francis Letro, JD '79, Partner, Francis M. Letro, Attorneys at Law; Jordy Levy, BA '77, Managing Partner, Softbank Capital New York; Gerry Matalon, BA '88, Senior Coordinating Producer, ESPN; Bob Morris, BA '67, Chairman of the Board, HAGIN Investment Management; Larry Quinn, former Managing Partner, Buffalo Sabres; Steve Ulmer, President & CEO, Davis-Ulmer Sprinkler Company, Inc.