University at Buffalo Foundation Chooses New Chair | Schools
A Statement Released by the UB Foundation
Amherst, NY - University at Buffalo Foundation, Inc. (UBF) Board of Trustees has elected prominent Buffalo attorney and UB School of Law graduate Francis M. Letro as its new chairman.
Mr. Letro, who has served on the UBF board since 2007, replaces Angelo M. Fatta, who was recently named to the State University of New York Board of Trustees. His one-year term will run through June 30, 2013.
A native of Olean, N.Y., Mr. Letro received his undergraduate degree from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and his law degree from the University at Buffalo School of Law in 1979. Mr. Letro was admitted to practice in 1980, and is licensed to practice law in all courts in New York State as well as the Western District of the U.S. Federal Court.
Mr. Letro is a sole practitioner with offices in Buffalo. He has held leadership positions in many professional organizations on the national, state, and local levels and is a frequent lecturer for national, state and local bar associations.
His long-standing relationship with the University at Buffalo and UB Law School has included a number of significant milestones. Most recently, Mr. Letro co-chaired the search committee for UB's new Athletic Director. In January, he received the Edwin F. Jaeckle Award - the highest honor bestowed by the UB Law School and its Law Alumni Association. Mr. Letro has been a longtime member of the Law School's Dean's Advisory Council, and now serves as the group's vice chair. The Law School's first-floor working courtroom is named in his honor, in recognition of a $1 million gift in 2002 from Mr. Letro and his wife, Cindy Abbott Letro, in support of the school's mission. He is also a past recipient of the UB Law Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Mr. Letro's commitment to philanthropy extends beyond UB and has included support for such community mainstays as Erie County Medical Center, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo State College, the Burchfield Penney Art Center, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Darwin Martin House Restoration Project, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boy Scouts.
At their June 28 board session, UBF trustees also approved nominations of several new and returning trustees.
New trustees elected to three-year terms which run through June 30, 2015, include: Ravinder K. Bansal, Chairman and CEO of AirSep Corporation; Michael W. Cropp, M.D., President and CEO of Independent Health; Beverly Foit-Albert, RA, Ph.D., founder and President, Foit-Albert Associates architectural firm; Anthony B. Martino, CPA, a retired partner of the Buffalo CPA firm Lumsden & McCormick, LLP; and Margaret W. Wong, J.D., founder of Cleveland-based immigration law firm, Margaret W. Wong & Associates.
The two new UBF Directors are Ross B. Kenzie, a manager at Auction Ventures LLC, and former Executive Vice President and Director of Merrill Lynch & Co., and former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Goldome Bank, and Ronald M. Schreiber, a Partner at SoftBank Capital.
UBF trustees also elected three new non-voting, ex-officio trustees who represent the University at Buffalo: Charles F. Zukoski, Ph.D. University Provost, Nancy L. Wells, Chief University Development Office and Laura E. Hubbard, Chief University Financial Officer.
About the UBF:
The University of Buffalo Foundation, Inc. today announced The mission of the University at Buffalo Foundation, Inc., is to support and promote the activities and programs of the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. This is accomplished by providing advice and counsel regarding philanthropy and fund raising, managing gifts and grants on behalf of the university, providing a wide range of financial services for the various units of the university, developing and managing real property on behalf of the university, and providing a strong base of private-sector support for the university through the foundation's trustees and directors.