I’ve been back at Binghamton University for the better part of a year now, and I continue to be impressed by the high caliber of the people I’m surrounded by — students, faculty, staff and alumni.
Our students continue to excel in the classroom and out. They’re traveling abroad to study, helping to preserve the environment, publishing research papers and winning awards for their accomplishments. Our faculty members also win awards — for research, writing, publishing, teaching and being leaders in professional organizations. And our staff, also recognized for successes at a number of levels, keeps us going even as we face state budget reductions and the resulting fiscal challenges.
It’s a tough environment, and it’s safe to say there will be additional budget reductions, but I want to underscore that Binghamton University is stable, and the operational budget is set through 2011–12. The good news is that there will be no layoffs, and we will continue to move forward on a number of issues including recruiting high-quality students; establishing partnerships at the local, regional, state, national and international levels; garnering approvals for a law school; and pushing for legislation that will ease restrictions placed upon our business functions and save millions of taxpayer dollars.
The key issue we face, however, is tuition. We support proposals to give us greater flexibility in setting tuition and retaining tuition revenue. We need a fair, responsible tuition policy that allows us to ensure that students continue to have access to a high-quality education.
I’m excited and energized about Binghamton University and its future, and I remind you that it’s everyone’s responsibility to advocate for the flexibility we need to continue moving this proud institution forward. We will continue to advocate with our governor and legislative leaders, and I hope you will join us in these efforts.
–C. Peter Magrath