Binghamton University to Award Highest Honor


Binghamton University will award University Medals, the highest honor it can bestow, to Richard W. Couper and Kay Couper Watrous in a ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Monday, May 2, in the Grand Corridor of the Fine Arts Building on campus.

Son and daughter of Edgar and Esther Couper, the recipients are receiving the honor in recognition of their abiding interest in and steadfast support of their parents’ legacy. 

Edgar Couper, president of a local insurance company, chaired the executive committee of the Southern Tier State University Committee that was instrumental in bringing Triple Cities College, now Binghamton University, into the SUNY system. Edgar Couper served on the State University Board of Regents from 1961-1968, including a term as chancellor. He was a member of the SUNY-Binghamton Foundation and a charter member of Harpur Forum. Upon his death in 1988, the University’s administration building was renamed the Edgar W. Couper Administration Building.

The ceremony precedes the 13th annual Edgar W. Couper Lecture, which is funded by the Edgar W. Couper Endowment Fund for Educational Excellence.  Andy Hargreaves, Thomas More Brennan Chair of Education in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College, will give this year’s Couper lecture on “Sustainable Educational Change,” at 4:30 p.m., in the Anderson Center Chamber Hall.

In addition to supporting the annual lecture, the endowment provides support for two Couper Fellows in the School of Education and Human Development doctoral program.

Last Updated: 9/17/13