INSIDE BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY
$3 billion SUNY campaign announced
By : Katie Ellis
SUNY Chancellor Robert L. King earlier this week announced the State University of New York $3 Bil- lion Challenge, a system-wide fundraising challenge that officially began on January 1 and is slated to conclude June 30, 2012. Binghamton’s portion of the goal is $75 million.
King said the challenge brings the 64 campuses in the system together with one vision — to move SUNY to the forefront of public higher education in this country. “Long-standing and aggressive fundraising efforts helped develop great public universities in Michigan, Illinois, California and Texas,” King said. “Philanthropy will provide that margin of excellence, which will propel this University to the front rank of public higher education in America.”
President Lois B. DeFleur said the campaign is being structured to provide flexibility to campuses. “Although this is a system-wide challenge, all of the money raised will remain on the campuses to help them achieve their goals,” she said. “Binghamton is focused on fund raising to help us attain additional excellence in our academic and support programs.”
Binghamton completed its first-ever campaign one year early in June 2002, surpassing its $36 million goal by 21 percent, raising $43.7 million. With the University currently on track for what appears to be a record fundraising year, preliminary discussions with senior staff and key volunteers about the launch of a new campaign have begun. Though not yet ready to announce a new campus campaign, Binghamton will integrate any future campaign with the strategic planning process that’s now underway.
To reach its assigned goal for the system-wide challenge, Binghamton will have to increase its monies raised by 10 percent per year over last year said Thomas Kelly, vice president for external affairs. “It will be a healthy stretch for us, but we’re confident we can make a very good run at it,” he said. “We’ve enjoyed strong and generous support from alumni and donors who are confident in the University and its positive impact on the future of the Southern Tier and Greater Binghamton region.”