Buffalo, NY – William R. Greiner, who spent 42 years at the University at Buffalo as president, provost and longtime Law School faculty member, died surrounded by family members in the Cleveland Clinic on Saturday due to complications from heart surgery. He was 75.
Funeral services will be private. A public memorial service will be held at UB next semester.
"We are saddened for the future generation of UB students who will never get to benefit from his knowledge and teaching, and his gift as an educator," said Carol Greiner, who met her husband when they were young children in Meriden, Conn. "Despite all his titles, accolades and accomplishments, he was always a teacher and educator. After his family, teaching is what he loved most."
Greiner began his career at UB in 1967, when he joined the UB Law faculty. He served as chairman of the Legal Studies Programs. In 1984, Greiner was named UB's first University Provost.
Greiner served as interim president from March 1991 until his appointment as president on September 25, 1991.
After serving as president, Greiner returned as a professor at UB'S Law school. He announced his retirement from the school in October. Last month the University named him President Emeritus.
Greiner is credited with creating a number of research centers and institutes at UB and reaffirming the University's commitment to public service. Student enrollment reached record levels, and new on-campus student housing complexes were built during his tenure. And Greiner oversaw UB's rise in athletics to Division I status, culminating last year with a league championship in football and the school's first-ever appearance in a post-season bowl game.
Professor Greiner had said one of his favorites memories as UB president were his monthly talk shows on WBFO. His last appearance here was in 2008 when he joined us for a one-hour special about a book he wrote on the history of the UB campuses.
"The entire University at Buffalo family today mourns the loss of one of our most beloved members, and we send our sincere condolences to Carol and the Greiner family," said UB President John B. Simpson, who praised Greiner's many accomplishments and his passionate commitment to UB.
"Bill Greiner had a profound effect on every aspect of this institution, from academics and research, to student life and our engagement with our alumni and the community. His vision and leadership made UB the outstanding institution it is today," Simpson said.
Vice President for Student Affairs Dennis Black reflected on Greiner's work at UB.
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