A lot has happened since my last message to you in the summer issue. Here’s a quick summary of what I’ve been working on since then.
Binghamton University is moving forward with its strategic planning process — the Road Map — and more than 400 people, including faculty, staff, students, alumni, community members and business leaders, have been hard at work this semester, developing proposals that focus on academic excellence, operational excellence and University growth. Proposals will be finalized in December, and decisions on next steps will be ready by early spring semester.
Student enrollment is at its highest — 15,210 — and our faculty hiring is on track to lower our student-to-faculty ratio to about 19:1, as outlined in our NYSUNY 2020 plan, which was approved by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in August. Our Smart Energy Research and Development Facility is in the design phase, and we are looking forward to breaking ground in early 2013.
We had an exciting Homecoming Weekend in October, celebrating the success of our Bold.Brilliant.Binghamton campaign and awarding a University Medal to Campaign Chair Paul Turovsky ’73. The weekend was full of activities, including the dedication of the Harpur Quad between the Fine Arts Building and Science 1. The newly reconstructed area includes an infinity fountain and the 40-ton Harpur monolith that was relocated from the main entrance — very slowly and carefully.
I also want to tell you about changes to our Commencement ceremonies. Beginning in May, each school and college will have its own graduation exercises, allowing every student to walk across the stage and be recognized. For more information about the changes, visit binghamton.edu/commencement.
I encourage you to read my quarterly report at binghamton.edu/presidents-report to learn more about the breadth of activities, the energy and the vision of our division leaders and their staffs.
Harvey G. Stenger