Tripathi is new University
at Buffalo president
Satish K Tripathi, who as provost raised academic standards
and spurred student development, has been appointed president of the University at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York.
Tripathi, who maintains close relations with several major
educational institutions in India, is the first Indian American
to become president of one of the 63 research universities that
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are part of the American Association of Universities, which
produces, among other things, about half the PhDs coming
out of American universities. The University of Houston,
where Dr Renu Khator is chancellor and president, is not part
of the AAU.
While recommending Tripathi for president, SUNY
Chancellor Nancy L Zimpher asked the SUNY board of
trustees to convene a special meeting in April to formally consider Tripathi’s appointment. She also named Tripathi as UB’s
officer-in-charge, effective immediately, with all of the responsibilities and authority of a campus president.
‘Dr Tripathi’s international reputation as an accomplished
researcher and transformative leader in higher education
makes him ideally suited to serve as president of the
University at Buffalo,’ she said.
UB Council and Search Committee Chair Jeremy M Jacobs
said they reviewed 68 candidates, representing a diverse pool
of academic disciplines and professional experiences. Jacobs,
who has been involved in multiple presidential searches at
UB, said that this was the most competitive candidate pool he
‘Dr Tripathi quickly emerged as a front runner in the search
committee’s review process. His impressive body of work as a
scholar and academic leader, and his compelling vision for
UB’s future made him the council’s unanimous recommenda-
tion to lead our university. I am confident that he will carry
forth and strengthen UB’s legacy of excellence,’ Jacobs said.
Landlord to pay
A Seattle-based housing society will pay over
$110,000 to settle a Justice Department lawsuit
that alleged the society discriminated against
Indians and African-Americans seeking to rent
apartments in the complex.
The lawsuit filed July 26, 2010 claimed owners
and operators of Summerhill Place Apartments, in
Renton near Seattle, ‘steered Indian tenants away
from the Summerhill buildings and treated tenants
from India less favorably than other tenants.’
They also discouraged African Americans,
Hispanics and families with children from living at
Under the terms of the settlement, apartment
owners Summerhill Place LLC, a management
company called Gran Inc and apartment manager
Rita Lovejoy will pay $85,000 to tenants and
prospective tenants who were harmed by the discrimination. The defendants also have to provide
fair housing training to their employees, and develop and maintain non-discrimination policies at
The group will also pay the government $25,000
as civil penalty and change apartment policies. The
settlement must still be approved by the US District
Court for the Western District of Washington.
‘Working families already face enough challenges
finding affordable housing,’ said Thomas E Perez,
assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights
Division. ‘Unlawful discrimination because of their
race, their national origin, or because they have
children, should not be one of them.’
The lawsuit was filed after the Fair Housing
Council of Washington investigated Summerhill.
The results were reported to the Department of
Housing and Urban Development. The HUD secre-
tary, believing there was reasonable evidence,
issued a charge of discrimination, and referred the
matter to the Department of Justice.
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