1983 The graduate Art Conservation Department, one of only three in the United States, moves to Buffalo State from the State University College at Oneonta. Also, the Bulger Lifelong Learning Center is dedicated in response to the growing needs of nontraditional students.
1984 The college offers a master of science degree in bilingual exceptional education.
1986 Social Work becomes a free-standing department.
1987 The Festival of Five, a series of gala arts events, marks the grand reopening of a newly renovated Rockwell Hall.
1989 Dr. F. C. Richardson becomes president, succeeding Dr. D. Bruce Johnstone, who becomes chancellor of the SUNY system. The posts of both provost and vice president for institutional advancement are created.