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July 17, 2012
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Satish K. Tripathi Elected Board Member of the
Council for Higher Education Accreditation

Dr. Satish K. Tripathi, President of the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, has been elected to the board of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), effective July 1, 2012. He was elected to a three-year term during the CHEA Board of Directors meeting held May 1, 2012 in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Tripathi was appointed the 15th President of the University at Buffalo-SUNY on April 18, 2011. He previously served as the University at Buffalo’s Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. Prior to joining the University at Buffalo community in 2004, he served as Dean of the Bourns College of Engineering at the University of California-Riverside and was a professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Maryland, where he served as Chair from 1988-1995.

Dr. Tripathi graduated from Banaras Hindu University in India. In addition to a Doctorate in computer sciences from the University of Toronto, he holds three Masters degrees – in computer science and statistics – from the University of Toronto, University of Alberta and Banaras Hindu University.

A national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation, CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations. CHEA is the only national association focused exclusively on higher education accreditation.

The CHEA Board of Directors is composed of chief executive officers from degree-granting institutions, joined by other institutional representatives and public members. The board and executive committee meet three times each year.

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