When I took the helm at Binghamton University in July, I knew it would be an exciting and interesting year — and I haven’t yet been disappointed. In fact, I’m exhilarated! I’ve said it’s a good time to be a student at Binghamton, but it’s also a great time to be interim president.
I’ve seen firsthand that our students, faculty and staff are exceptional, forward-thinking and committed, as borne out by national publications such as U.S. News & World Report, the Fiske Guide to Colleges and the Princeton Review, which place us among the elite schools in the country. We’re known for our academic excellence, our value and our commitment to the environment.
Binghamton University and the SUNY system have been hit with massive budget cuts, and we expect more to come. However, we’re doing our best to protect the academic mission of the University, and we’ll continue to move ahead. Our plan for eventual enrollment of 20,000 students remains in place, but we’ll grow only if we have the appropriate resources to maintain our quality. In addition, we continue to push hard on expansion of our research mission, including the formation of innovative partnerships with local, national and international industries.
Our many partnerships — with alumni, business and industry, nonprofit organizations, parents and friends — help us move forward, especially in terms of advocacy. With more than 8,000 registered as Think Tank advocates, we will continue pushing for Binghamton University and SUNY to gain the tuition flexibility we need, as well as to achieve flexibility in spending and contracting procedures. Our voice is growing stronger, and we know we are being heard.