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UB president praises outgoing athletic director White

University at Buffalo President Satish K. Tripathi Wednesday praised outgoing athletic director Danny White for his accomplishments over the past 3½ years.

White’s hiring as new athletic director at the University of Central Florida officially was announced by the Orlando institution. White will be introduced at a news conference on Thursday.

“While we will all be sorry to see Danny and his family go, I know I speak for our entire UB community — and Bulls fans everywhere — in wishing him much continued success, and in expressing my deep appreciation for his achievements and contributions as UB director of athletics since his arrival in 2012,” Tripathi said.

Tripathi said he will give careful consideration to the university’s next steps “in identifying a leader to guide the athletics program’s continued upward trajectory.”

“I anticipate sharing more details with the campus community in the coming weeks,” he said.

UB formed a 15-member search committee the last time it hired an athletic director, and a similar type of panel is likely to be put in place this time. In 2012 it took UB only three months to replace outgoing AD Warde Manuel with White. That’s a fairly quick turnaround.

Each of UB’s last two AD searches were national in scope, and UB “aimed high” for someone with experience at large institutions. Tripathi made it clear he wants to build on White’s work.

Said Tripathi: “White’s achievements at UB have left the university very well positioned for continued success in building a great Division I athletics program that competes among the best in the nation. “Under Danny’s leadership, and the leadership of his coaches, athletics staff and student athletes, our UB athletics program has made tremendous strides over the past four years,” he said.

Tripathi cited UB’s three Mid-American Conference championships in the past year (in women’s soccer, men’s basketball and men’s tennis) and an NCAA individual track-and-field champion. He also cited the fact that for seven consecutive semesters under White’s leadership, UB athletics teams have earned a collective GPA of 3.0 or higher.

“These achievements speak to an intercollegiate athletics program that is uncompromising in pursuing academic and athletic excellence. Those values resonate very strongly with UB’s vision as a premier university,” Tripathi said.

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