INSIDE BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY
President DeFleur updates PEC on University initiatives
“I have asked for divisional plans that will align our broader goals and directions with specific ways in which we are going to achieve them,” said DeFleur. “Each division will develop objectives for short-, medium- and long-term plans, and complete these by the end of June.”
Addressing changes in the rapidly evolving higher education environment, DeFleur noted that Binghamton University continues to be highly regarded for its outstanding academic programs.
“Our application numbers continue to grow and the quality of our students is consistently high,” she said. “They are coming in with SAT scores that are 200 points above the national average and they are smart, creative and multi-talented.”
DeFleur cited some of the recent examples of student accomp-lishments including the University’s debate team, which qualified for the National Debate Tourney; the accounting team, which placed second in a national competition; and a Harpur’s Ferry team, which won first place in a national collegiate emergency skills challenge.
University construction projects are also moving ahead quickly. “The downtown education and community center is well underway,” said DeFleur. “Holt Architects is on board and the SUNY Construction Fund has hired a construction manager. We’re looking at buying additional land to facilitate parking and we’re undertaking specific analyses of courses to align this activity with the design of the building. We want to make sure that the space is flexible so it can be used for academically related activities as well as community activities.”
The Innovative Technologies Complex (ITC) is also moving along well. “The Bioengineering Department moved into the facility earlier this year and renovation of other parts of the building is in process,” said DeFleur.
“LeChase Construction Services, which managed our Mountainview project, is moving ahead so we’re looking at late fall for the second phase of the project.”
Binghamton University is also undertaking a feasibility study to explore options for the renovation or reconstruction of the Dickinson and Newing residential communities — the two oldest residential communities on campus.
“These buildings were well built,” said DeFleur. “But we have to examine the cost to upgrade safety features versus building. Whatever we decide will be a big decision for the campus and so we’re looking it from many perspectives.”