INSIDE BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY
Summers to step down as vice president
President Lois B. DeFleur has announced that Rodger Summers, vice president for Student Affairs, will be leaving the vice president’s position to teach and to help develop the University’s new Student Affairs Administration Program.
He will bring more than three decades of experience in student services and administration to this program. Summers has agreed to remain as vice president until a new appointment is made.
Summers came to Binghamton in 1991 as vice president for student affairs, after also serving as vice president at North Adams State College and West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
During his tenure at Binghamton, he has provided outstanding leadership for the Division of Student Affairs and as a member of DeFleur’s senior staff. He has helped develop innovative programs such as Discovery, and worked with other University divisions to enhance co-curricular activities and student services.
Summers has served in important professional roles in the State University of New York and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.
He also assisted the University of Oslo, Norway, in the development of its student services.
In April, West Chester University honored him with the “Legacy of Leadership Award.”
DeFleur praised Summers’ leadership of the Division of Student Affairs. “The experiences of many thousands of students have been enriched by his caring and innovative work,” she said. “I will personally miss working with him and appreciate all that he has done for the University.”
“It is with mixed emotions that I leave the position of vice president at Binghamton,” Summers said. “For 37 years, I have worked as a practitioner in the field of student affairs, with 25 years as a vice president, and I feel it is time for new leadership. I am excited about the opportunity to teach as a faculty member and to help develop the new Student Affairs program. This change will permit me to teach students about how policies and decisions are made.”
DeFleur intends to appoint a search committee in the next few weeks that will conduct a broad search for highly qualified candidates who could fill this important University position.