BUFFALO—Erie Community College President Jack Quinn is pleased to announce that Michael Pietkiewicz, University at Buffalo's former Assistant Vice President for Government and Community Relations, has been approved by the college's Board of Trustees as ECC's new Senior Vice President for Operations, effective late-July.
"We're excited to add someone with Mr. Pietkiewicz's experience and achievements to our ongoing efforts," said Quinn. "We're constantly looking for opportunities to not only improve our college for our current and future students, but also enhance our involvement in vital developments happening across our community and state. Mike will help us do that, and we're honored to have him aboard."
In his new position, the Canisius College grad will be asked to work closely with ECC's Board of Trustees, senior staff, faculty, and Foundation on operational initiatives; provide strategic leadership of priorities and policy development initiated by Quinn and his President's Office staff; and use the type of economic development and partnership experience he accumulated while with UB to augment the college's presence across the region. According to ECC Board of Trustees chairman Stephen Boyd, this type of guidance will be essential as the community college moves forward.
"The world and local economy is changing and ECC intends to change with it," said Boyd. "We are excited to continue our leadership in growing western New York's workforce, and Pietkiewicz will be a great addition to our team."
Pietkiewicz joined UB as Director of Federal Regulations in 1999 before ascending to Assistant Vice President for Government Relations in 2005, then added an expanded community relations role through the university’s Office of the President in 2011. During that time—and through several administrations, adjusted roles and increasing responsibility—he devised and executed plans to obtain federal funding for UB's growing Bioinformatics and Life Sciences programs before becoming an integral part of the UB2020 strategy team. Pietkiewicz served as a driving force and key strategist behind the ambitious plan, one that not only outlined the university's strategy to become a national leader in education, research and technology, but one focused on regenerating the economic future of the Buffalo-Niagara region. Its passage culminated in one of the most significant pieces of higher education legislation in New York State, and Pietkiewicz's influence on it and other UB initiatives—such as its role in the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus—will not be forgotten by individuals like the university's current president, Satish Tripathi.
"[Pietkiewicz] has been a tremendous asset to the University at Buffalo in so many ways—as a seasoned expert in the sphere of government and community relations; as a knowledgeable and powerful advocate for the university and public higher education more broadly; and as a consummate university citizen who has always stood ready to provide his assistance, support, and counsel wherever needed," said President Tripathi. "I know he will be an equally vital valued member of the ECC community, and I wish him every continued success as he takes on this important new role. He will be greatly missed by all of his colleagues and friends at UB, but we are all very pleased to know that, as part of our sister SUNY institution, he will continue to be a vital partner in the Western New York higher education community."
Since 1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the state's SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC's faculty, staff and students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and partnership.