I have been talking about strategic growth since I arrived at Binghamton, and we are seeing it come to fruition as we move forward with our Road Map to Premier.
This fall, we welcomed 2,550 freshmen, 1,200 transfer students and 1,200 new graduate students and have surpassed 16,000 students for the first time. This not only puts us on pace to achieve our goal of 17,000 students by 2016, but also moves us toward a better balance between undergraduate and graduate students. In fact, our NYSUNY 2020 goal had been to grow by 400 undergraduate and 100 graduate students each year, and this year we’ve added 421 undergraduate and 218 graduate students.
To handle our growth, we’ve also added faculty – the majority of them aligned with at least one of our Transdisciplinary Areas of Excellence. This fall we welcomed 57 new tenure-track faculty members to campus. With last year’s 46 new hires, we are on our way to meeting our NYSUNY 2020 goal of 150 new faculty members by 2016.
Along with welcoming new people, we’ve also opened some pretty big presents — the kinds that have been wrapped with green fencing! Since August, we’ve dedicated our Center of Excellence and opened our new Admissions Center. We also broke ground on our Smart Energy Research and Development Facility, and the Southern Tier High Technology Incubator in downtown Binghamton. Finally, we announced the site for our School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Johnson City and are searching for a dean to begin developing the curriculum for the school, which will enroll its first students in fall 2017.
We certainly have a lot of good happening at Binghamton, and there’s much more to come!
Harvey G. Stenger