Search firm selected for Binghamton University presidential search


BINGHAMTON, NY -- Binghamton University’s Presidential Search Committee has selected a search firm to assist with the search for a new president as it moves into the active phase.

After sending out seven requests for proposals to top search firms with higher education expertise, a subcommittee interviewed candidates. The Search Committee then voted unanimously to retain Isaacson, Miller Inc., a firm with offices in Boston, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco.

The Search Committee will work with the Isaacson, Miller team of Gale Merseth and Kate Barry, who conducted Binghamton’s search for a vice president of student affairs in 2007, which brought Brian Rose to the University. During that search, Merseth and Barry spent time on campus, particularly with students, so the Search Committee believes they have a real feel for the “Binghamton story,” particularly from the students' perspective.

Together with the Search Committee, Merseth and Barry will also gather perspectives from the University’s many other constituencies through “scoping meetings” that are being scheduled on campus Monday and Tuesday, May 24-25.

These meetings will include members of the Binghamton University Council, the Binghamton University Foundation Board, and officers and past chairs of the Binghamton University (formerly Harpur) Forum. Meetings are also planned with President Lois DeFleur, Provost Mary Ann Swain, and all other vice presidents, deans, directors, assistant/associate deans and provosts.

Planning meetings with the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, student government leaders and open forums for faculty, staff and students are also being planned.

Those unable to attend one of the planned scoping meetings or open forums can submit comments on the Presidential Search website at All comments will be brought forward to the entire Search Committee. An open forum for members of the community is also in the works, so that too will provide an opportunity for participation in this vital process.


Last Updated: 9/17/13