Fri October 16, 2009
William Greiner Retires After 42 Years at UB
By Mark Scott
Buffalo, NY – After 42 years at the University at Buffalo, William Greiner is retiring, effective Friday.
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Professor Greiner served as UB's 13th president for 13 years -- from 1991 through 2004. After leaving the presidency, he returned to the classroom as a law school professor. But Greiner underwent a bypass operation earlier this year. In an interview with WBFO News, Greiner says he's not feeling well enough to continue on.
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 One status, culminating last year with a league championship in football and the school's first-ever appearance in a post-season bowl game.
As we ended our conversation, Professor Greiner told me one of his favorites memories as UB president were his monthly talk shows on WBFO. His last appearance here was just last year when he joined us for a one-hour special about a book he wrote on the history of the UB campuses.