University at Buffalo The State University of New York

Hadar Borden

Posted by Marketing & Communications on January 21, 2016 in Academic Affairs Staff

It is with mixed emotion that I write to inform you that effective February 1, Hadar Borden will be stepping down from the Undergraduate Academies to take on a new role as the Program Director of the Blackstone LaunchPad, an exciting new enterprise established by the Blackstone charitable foundation to foster entrepreneurship among UB students.

As administrative director of the Undergraduate Academies, Hadar has worked tirelessly to create a unique living-learning community that has had a profound impact on the undergraduate experience. Under her leadership, the Academies has grown from its three initial foci to its current five, touching more than two thousand students along the way. Thanks to Hadar’s vision, the Academies is recognized as an incubator for educational innovation across campus, and a space where new ideas can be tested before being brought to scale. In addition, she has done an enormous amount of work engaging UB students in the community, fostering relationships with external partners and providing opportunities for experiential learning. Through her work with donors such as the Prentice Foundation, we have seen the Western New York Prosperity Fellowship flourish with each passing year thanks to Hadar’s integrity, careful stewardship and selfless attention to students.

Hadar will be much missed by the Academies students, by the faculty directors, and by all of us in Undergraduate Education who know her as a fearless, dynamic and supportive colleague and friend. Mara Huber, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, will oversee the Academies in the interim, and in conjunction with Assistant Administrative Director Christina Giunta and faculty directors Profs. Barbara Bono, Colleen Culleton, Peter Horvath, Robert Neubert, and Ken Shockley, will work to ensure its continued success at this transitional time.

Blackstone is a fantastic new partnership for UB, and I can think of no one better to ensure its success than Hadar. Please join me in wishing her the very best of luck.

With all best,
Andy Stott