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July 20, 2006  Volume 27, No. 34
New school, college numbers in place
The School of Education and Human Development has split into the School of Education, including all education programs; and the College of Community and Public Affairs, including the departments of Human Development, Public Administration and Social Work.

All departmental and program contact information and locations will remain the same.

The School of Education Dean’s Office is in AB-133, with a phone number of 777-7329 and a fax number of 777-6041. The new Web address is The interim dean is Robert Carpenter, the new assistant dean is Jean Dorak and the secretary is Priscilla Brunner.

The College of Community and Public Affairs Dean’s Office is in AB-126. The phone number there is 777-5572 and the fax number is 777-2406. The new Web address is The search for an interim dean is in progress and Carpenter will serve as acting dean until one is named. The assistant dean is Tammara Behonick and the secretary is Bobbie Brundege.

Matthew Johnson named deputy to the president
Matthew Johnson, associate professor of psychology, has been named deputy to the president and director of special programs by President Lois B. DeFleur. He replaces Wayne Jones, who held the deputy’s position for five years. Jones will remain as associate professor of chemistry, director of graduate studies in chemistry and director of the Center for Learning and Teaching. Johnson will continue his research, in addition to his new responsibilities.

Johnson will serve as a liaison between the faculty and the president. The deputy role “provides a vehicle for people who may want to bring issues to the attention of the president’s office,” DeFleur said.

In seeking a new deputy, DeFleur said she looked for “someone who has somewhat different faculty experiences and background” than prior deputies. “I look for a person who knows the campus and its people, with strong academic values,” she said.

Johnson joined Binghamton’s faculty in 1999 as an assistant professor after receiving his master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the University of California at Los Angeles. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Denver.

Johnson, whose research focuses on the developmental course of marital distress and family dysfunction, is director of the Marriage and Family Studies Laboratory.

“I’m looking forward to my new role,” he said. “Mostly, I like the idea of addressing some new challenges and solving different problems. I think it will be interesting to learn how the University runs from the perspective of the president’s office.”

Binghamton Fund tops $1 million
Gifts to the Binghamton Fund, the University’s annual giving program, exceeded $1 million for the 2005-2006 fiscal year, which ended June 30.

The total is the result of direct mail, telefund, e-solicitation, staff and volunteer efforts targeted to alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students and friends. This collective giving is powerful; $1 million in support through the fund is equivalent to the annual proceeds from a $20 million endowment.

“Annual gifts are essential to the University,” said Melinda Holicky, director of the Binghamton Fund. “These gifts provide sustaining support for students, programs and services with the greatest need and allow deans and unit directors to address important priorities in their respective areas.”

Appreciation Day planned Aug. 8
President Lois B. DeFleur invites faculty and staff to join her for Binghamton University Appreciation Day from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, in front of the Library Tower.

Attendees must present their official ticket to be eligible for a free gift and prize drawings. Faculty and staff who have not received an invitation including the ticket should call Special Events at 777-4502 or 777-6756.

Mead named to post in Student Affairs
Cornelia Mead was named assistant vice president for student affairs administration effective July 5.

Mead, who had been assistant dean of the Watson School of Engineering since 2001, holds an MBA from the School of Management and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.

She started at Binghamton as a full-time graduate student in the controller’s office in 1996. After Mead finished her MBA in 1998, she joined the Pegasus Project, where she worked on the implementation of Oracle applications until taking the position in the Watson School.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08