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The University at Buffalo’s Educational Opportunity Center in downtown Buffalo will be named after former New York State Assemblyman Arthur O. Eve.

The State University of New York Board of Trustees unanimously approved naming the site at 555 Ellicott Street after Eve, who served in the Assembly from 1967 to 2002 and was deputy speaker from 1979 until his retirement.

Eve is credited with helping establish the state’s EOC program during his first term in office.

UB’s 68,000-square-foot facility opened in June 2013.

The $26 million Arthur O. Eve Educational Opportunity Center is located near the expanding medical campus downtown, allowing the center to emphasize academic and vocational programming for the various allied health fields that are expected to be in demand in Western New York.

“Arthur Eve championed the state’s education opportunity program in the 1960s, and as a result of his vision, the program continues to provide underprivileged youth with increased access to a college education and support to help them succeed in school, college, and career,” said SUNY Board Chairman H. Carl McCall. “SUNY has great admiration and respect for Arthur Eve’s leadership, and we are proud to have this new EOC building bear his name.”