When President Barack Obama addresses an audience at the University at Buffalo on Thursday, Aug. 22, it will mark the first time since 1853 that a sitting U.S. president has spoken at the university.
“President Obama’s visit to the University at Buffalo will be a historic occasion for our university and our community,” said UB President Satish K. Tripathi, “and we are happy to provide a forum for the president to address issues important to our nation.
“On behalf of the entire Buffalo-Niagara region, we look forward to welcoming the president of the United States to our university and our community.”
Obama’s address to the nation from the UB campus is expected to focus on issues important to America’s middle class, such as the rising cost of higher education. As a major public research university and a leading voice in the national conversation about issues vital to higher education, UB is an appropriate setting for such a discussion, Tripathi said.
A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), UB was praised this year as a national model for higher education reform by the New America Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public policy institute.