Spring 2011

Search to start over for Binghamton’s next president

The search for a new president for Binghamton University will start over again after SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher rejected two candidates recommended by the Binghamton University Council.

Five candidates visited Binghamton last fall for interviews. They were Gary Miller, provost and vice president for academic affairs and research at Wichita State University in Kansas; Jonathan Alger, senior vice president and general counsel at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey; Uday Sukhatme, executive vice chancellor, dean of the faculties and professor of physics at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis; Bruce Bursten, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tennessee; and Susan Jeffords, vice chancellor of the University of Washington Bothell. Jeffords later bowed out.

Council President Kathryn Grant Madigan was disappointed with the timing of Zimpher’s announcement, saying the two unnamed finalists had already withdrawn their candidacies, but she did not say when.

Zimpher has asked C. Peter Magrath to stay on as president, which he has agreed to do through the end of the year. He will no longer be the interim president. The action awaits approval from the SUNY Board of Trustees. Zimpher also said a new presidential search committee is being formed.