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President Harvey Stenger has announced that, to better serve and engage Binghamton University’s external supporters and constituents, a new Division of Advancement is being formed to focus on activities related to alumni relations, development and philanthropy. This new division will replace the existing Division of External Affairs in the University’s organizational structure. In addition, as part of the reorganization, the subdivision of Communications and Marketing will report to the executive vice president for academic affairs and provost.
A national search will begin this fall to fill the vice president for advancement position, Stenger said. “In the interim, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Rebecca (Beckie) Benner, currently senior executive director of advancement operations, to the position of interim vice president for advancement,” he said. “As interim vice president, Benner will supervise all advancement staff while working closely with our deans and directors to help them reach their advancement goals.”
Before coming to Binghamton University in 2006, Benner spent 20 years at Illinois State University and served as director of advancement services and assistant campaign director, moving Illinois State through its first comprehensive campaign. Benner’s background includes experience with campaign planning, database operations, foundation accounting, prospect management and research, donor relations and annual funds. In addition, her management responsibilities have included the supervision of professional staff, budget creation and analysis, strategic planning and policy development.
During her seven years at Binghamton, Benner has been instrumental to the operations of our advancement achievements, providing knowledge, leadership and analysis to activities of long-range planning and detailed day-to-day decision making. In the new world of “big data,” Benner brings the skills needed to lead the Division of Advancement to increasing effectiveness while we conduct a national search for a new vice president for advancement.
Additionally, while the search for a vice president for advancement is conducted, the executive director of the Binghamton University Foundation will report to the president. Stenger has appointed Sheila Doyle to serve as interim executive director. She will retain the title of associate vice president and continue to supervise the staff who support our Alumni Association and our Foundation Board of Directors.
Before joining the staff at Binghamton University in 2000 as assistant vice president for finance and management and associate executive director of the Binghamton University Foundation, Doyle spent 16 years at Chase Manhattan Bank and served as vice president and manager of the Trust Department. She has accepted increasing responsibilities within the division, serving as interim executive director of the Foundation from July 2006 to August 2007, and assuming responsibility for alumni relations in 2010.
Having the subdivision of Communications and Marketing, led by Associate Vice President Greg Delviscio, report to Executive Vice President and Provost Donald Nieman will bring focus to current initiatives, said Stenger. “This realignment of our communication and marketing activities will better position us to promote our initiatives to build an international reputation for Binghamton University, recruit outstanding students and faculty, and brand our institution as the premier public university.”