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January 28, 2010  Volume 31, No. 18
Search is under way for new athletics director

Applications are currently being accepted for the position of director of intercollegiate athletics for the campus.

A search committee, with the assistance of a national search firm, is hoping to fast-track the process, according to Michael McGoff, vice provost and chair of the search committee.

“It’s important that we continue to move ahead with our athletics program,” President Lois B. DeFleur said. “We appreciate the interim leadership of Jim Norris, but we need to continue looking to the future and to long-term leadership.”

“Applications are already coming in,” McGoff said. “We expect to bring between three and five candidates to campus for open sessions and we’ll obtain feedback from the University community.”

The director of intercollegiate athletics reports to the president of the University and has responsibility for the overall supervision and administration of the University’s programs.

The job posting is available at

Two faculty members win provost symposia awards

The following faculty members are the recipients of the 2010 Inter/Multidisciplinary Symposia Awards.

Cassandra Bransford, assistant professor of social work, will hold a symposium titled “Enhancing Quality of Life in Later Years.”

This symposium will provide a national showcase for multi-and interdisciplinary research collaborations occurring within and across academic units inside and outside the University, and with community and agency partners.

Lindsay Lake Morgan, assistant professor of nursing, will hold a symposium titled “Research Sampling: Accessing Underserved Populations.”

The symposium will focus on reducing sampling barriers and sharing effective methods used for research of underserved populations to provide discourse and promote the development of interdisciplinary teams.

Salanger named to University Council

Gov. David A. Paterson appointed Matthew J. Salanger, president and CEO of United Health Services, Inc., to the Binghamton University Council, effective Dec. 7, 2009. The council is comprised of 10 unpaid members – nine appointed by the governor of New York and the tenth, a student, selected by his or her peers.

The council reviews budget requests, makes regulations for student conduct, supervises student housing and safety, names buildings and grounds, and reviews plans for improvement of the faculty, staff and physical plant.

Salanger earned his bachelor’s degree from the University at Albany and his master’s degree in hospital and health administration from Xavier University in Ohio.

He worked at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, and University Hospital Health Science Center at Syracuse before joining United Health Services Hospitals as an assistant vice president and hospital director in 1985. Salanger rose to associate vice president, vice president for operations and executive vice president/COO before being named president and CEO of United Health Services Hospitals in 1994. He retains that position in addition to his appointment as president and CEO of United Health Services, Inc. in 2007. 

Salanger, who will serve until June 30, 2016, replaces Rayan Aguam, whose term on the council was completed.

Council/Foundation Award nominations due March 12

The Council/Foundation Award for service to the University is the combined award of the Binghamton Council and the Binghamton Foundation presented annually to individuals from the University community.

Three awards are given, one each to a faculty member, a staff member, and a student who have served the campus with outstanding dedication and who have provided exemplary service and/or leadership to the University.  Recipients receive a $1,000 check and a certificate that will be presented at the President’s Award Luncheon on April 30 for the student, and at the Excellence Awards Dinner in the fall for faculty and staff.

Nominations should be submitted with the nomination form (found at with the following additional information:  a resume, curriculum vitae or job description specific to the nominee’s current position; a letter of nomination which speaks to the merits of the nominee (up to two typed pages); and a minimum of three and a maximum of seven letters of support (up to two typed pages each).

All nominations should be sent electronically in either MS Word or PDF format to Laura O’Neil at

Nominations will remain confidential and are due by Friday, March 12.

For more information, contact O’Neil at 777-2131.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08