We continue to see great progress on our Road Map to Premier plan and are adding outstanding faculty across all of our schools and transdisciplinary areas of excellence. With more than 50 new hires beginning this fall, we will show a net growth of 31 faculty, exceeding our goal of 30.
We also completed our review of more than 140 Road Map funding proposals for the 2015–16 academic year. We received proposals from all across campus, including some from the eight teams of student interns — 54 students total — that I worked with in the spring semester.
What I have found through this process is that Binghamton University is a hotbed of ideas. Though we aren’t able to fund every proposal, I can see potential in all of them and know that the decisions we are making will support our academic mission and prepare our students for success in whatever paths they choose.
In that vein, our pilot 4-1-1 master’s program is taking shape as we work to establish partnerships with organizations and alumni who will help us provide internship experiences for graduate students, giving them a significant advantage as they begin their careers.
Physically, campus continues to improve. We relocated several student-services offices to the newly renovated University Union in March, including the Steven Fleishman ’90 and Judith Garzynski Fleishman ’91 Center for Career and Professional Development. Student Accounts, Financial Aid and Student Records, and Undergraduate Admissions will move into the transformed Dickinson Dining Hall. And soon we will open the Center of Excellence and begin construction on the Smart Energy Research and Development Facility at our Innovative Technologies Complex.
Harvey G. Stenger