SUNY Buffalo State Oral Histories, 1975-1995
Interview with former President Muriel Howard, 1996-2009


Interview with former President Muriel Howard, 1996-2009


Dr. Felix Armfield

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Muriel A. Howard served as the president of Buffalo State College from 1996 to 2009. She was the seventh president of Buffalo State and the college's first female president. Prior to coming to Buffalo State, Howard was the vice president for public service and urban affairs at the University at Buffalo, where she served in various leadership capacities over a 23-year period.

Under Howard's leadership, the college greatly increased and enhanced its academic programs and services, expanded its reputation for teacher preparation, and become known for its leadership in the arts and culture.

Howard also oversaw the expansion of the college's facilities and buildings:

  • 1998: The Frank C. Moore Student Apartment Complex opens in a renovated former dormitory.
  • 2003: Previously known as Upton Hall Auditorium, Warren Enters Theatre is fully refurbished and dedicated to Professor Emeritus Warren Enters, the Tony Award–winning director who taught at Buffalo State from 1968 to 1992. Warren Enters Theatre now houses performances from the college's theater and dance programs.
  • 2007-2008: The $30 million Burchfield Penney Art Center at Buffalo State College is inaugurated in November 2008.
  • 2008-2009: Howard oversees the implementation of $350 million in new capital construction projects, including the construction of a new science and math complex, a new 503-bed apartment-style residence hall will be under construction, and renovation of the main academic quad.

During her tenure as president of Buffalo State College, Howard was widely recognized for her contributions to public higher education, service to the community, and her commitment to diversity.


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Interview with former President Muriel Howard, 1996-2009