Binghamton University Ombudsman accepts position at Boston University
Binghamton University Ombudsman Francine Montemurro has accepted a position to create a new ombuds office at Boston University. Montemurro established Binghamton’s ombuds office in 1997, serving as an independent, neutral, informal and confidential resource for students, faculty and staff and as an adviser to the University regarding policies, practices and procedures.
Montemurro, who also served as the University’s Affirmative Action Officer prior to assuming the ombuds position full-time, “has made significant contributions to the entire University community through her positions,” said President Lois B. DeFleur. “We will miss her work with faculty, staff and students and her sound judgment and keen insights.”
After receiving her bachelor’s degree in 1984 from Binghamton University, Montemurro earned a juris doctorate from Syracuse University. She has taught in human development and in the Binghamton Scholars program, and is a 2008 graduate of the Binghamton University Leadership Academy. As a New York State mediator she has also provided community, family and victim-offender mediation at the Community Dispute Resolution Center in Ithaca, New York.
In her ombuds role at Binghamton, Montemurro assisted individuals and groups on campus in managing conflict and resolving problems in a collaborative way. She will begin similar duties at Boston University in September, reporting directly to the president of the 30,000-student institution.