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President discusses new term, fiscal times with full faculty
March 29, 2011Tweet
C. Peter Magrath spoke to the full faculty Tuesday, March 29, announcing that he has agreed to stay on as president of Binghamton University through Dec. 31, 2011. His appointment by Chancellor Nancy Zimpher is expected to be approved at the SUNY Board of Trustees’ April meeting.
“I will continue working with you and everyone here as president,” he said. “I’m convinced that by working together as we have and as we do, we can keep this place moving forward in these tough fiscal times.”
Magrath reiterated that Binghamton University is “totally stable in the current academic fiscal year and will be absolutely solid and stable for 2011-2012.” Beyond that, there are questions marks, he said. “However, based on the facts that we are strong and a lot of what we do is extraordinarily valuable − and this University gets an incredible amount of strength from its staff and faculty − I think we will be OK.”
Though the state budget doesn’t say anything explicitly about tuition or a rational tuition plan, there will be conversations on tuition in the months ahead, he said. “The governor has agreed to have a meeting of stakeholders about UB 2020, and that will lead to a discussion of the special role of University centers and of a tuition policy for all four-year institutions, with particular attention paid to needs of the centers.”
Magrath added that Binghamton University will play a key role in the establishment of the regional economic development councils outlined by the governor. “We will be ‘in this’, and by contributing we gain,” he said. “That is good for us. We are the major economic force in the area and we have a lot more to contribute. It will help us in the immediate future financially and strengthen our position as a major factor for the state of New York, economically and socially.”
Following Magrath’s remarks, the Faculty Senate met for the second time this academic year, approving four motions regarding:
• a revision to the General Education appeals policy
• revisions to the Student Academic Honesty Code
• new language for the Global Interdependency (G) requirement
• the Foreign Language requirement for transfer students
See the Faculty Senate website for complete explanations of the motions.