Stenger sets goals for first month
January 4, 2012Tweet
Harvey Stenger hit the ground running as Binghamton University president, taking an early-morning jog on campus before starting his first day on the job on Jan. 3.
“There was a little buzz on campus, even though it’s a quiet time of the year without students here,” he said.
Stenger spent much of his day meeting with the University’s vice presidents, as the senior leadership group discussed enrollment and examined Binghamton’s NYSUNY 2020 proposal. Stenger later met members of the media to talk about Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s annual public college ratings.
Getting a date scheduled to present the NYSUNY 2020 plan to Gov. Andrew Cuomo is “the highest priority right now for the University,” Stenger said. The state has already approved plans submitted by Buffalo and Stony Brook.
“It will allow us to have the same flexibilities that Buffalo and Stony Brook have in terms of the construction projects we can bring to campus, as well as the rational tuition policies that SUNY has proposed,” Stenger said.
Stenger, who served as Buffalo’s provost until the end of the day on Dec. 30, said he wants to use the next four weeks to visit schools, colleges and academic support and administrative groups on campus.
“My goal is to meet everybody who is here in the next 20-25 days,” he said. “Whether I shake their hand, or we have a long conversation, or we chat over lunch, my goal is to meet everyone. … After I listen to (people) tell me how they are doing, we’ll come back and start to strategize on how to take Binghamton to the next level.”
Another short-term goal is meeting with students. Stenger, who attended the Frost Fest in December, said he hopes to have dinner once a week in one of the residence halls on campus. There he can talk to students about what they are working on, discover what they like about Binghamton University and learn what can be improved.
“Trying to get student input on different topics is going to be critical,” he said. “That’s why we are here. There’s a need for the president to go and talk with students. The fact that the Binghamton campus is so easy to get around is going to make it easy for me to do that. Within five minutes, I can be at any residence hall.
“I think (the students) will get a kick out of it at the beginning,” he added. “But after awhile, they’ll get used to it. They’ll see me coming and say ‘Oh, here he comes again. Dinner with the president.’”