Binghamton University names new vice president for administration
Binghamton University President Lois B. DeFleur announced that James R. Van Voorst, associate vice president for administration, will begin serving as vice president for administration on June 1, 2005. Van Voorst, a certified public accountant with over 32 years of experience within and outside of the SUNY system, has been at Binghamton since 2000. He was promoted from assistant to associate vice president in 2002.
DeFleur commented, “Jim Van Voorst brings a breadth and depth of fiscal and budgeting experience that will benefit our entire University. He combines a thorough understanding of our campus and our administrative units with a history of successful and progressive leadership and management experiences. His strong command of the workings of the SUNY System, along with his excellent relationships in Albany represent a significant advantage to our campus. We are fortunate to have someone with his experience and capabilities, who will be able to step into this vitally important role quickly and assuredly.
“We were also fortunate to have had two outstanding finalists who have such a strong and collegial professional working relationship. I want to comment Michael McGoff, who has told me that he is committed to our long-term strategic planning and analysis process, and will continue to work closely with Jim Van Voorst to advance Binghamton University,” said DeFleur.
Prior to joining Binghamton’s administrative team, Van Voorst served as controller for the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, with oversight of all state, operating and research funds for the Amherst campus. He was also responsible for student collection operations and internal and external audit coordination.
Van Voorst was an accountant for the University at Albany for more than a decade and was responsible for developing and monitoring revenue and expenditure targets, budget procedures and establishing structures for campus fees and other charges. He also supervised campus compliance with federal and state tax laws.
He earned his bachelor of science degree in accounting from Siena College and his master’s degree in accounting from the University at Albany. He has been licensed as a CPA in New York State since 1979 and is a member and chapter president of the Association of Governmental Accountants.
“I am honored to have been awarded this position,” Van Voorst said. “The University is highly respected for its academic and research programs as well as its effective administrative and operational functions. We are at an important juncture and I intend to build on the strengths of the Division for Administration and use its highly qualified and committed people to support the University to achieve the goals outlined in the campus strategic plan. I look forward to the challenges that the future will bring and I am confident that as a team we will not only meet, but exceed, the identified goals.”
DeFleur commended the search and screening committee for its work. “I particularly appreciate the thorough and thoughtful work of Vice President Tom Kelly and the search and screening committee. I also want to thank all of those from across campus who participated in this process,” she said.