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DeFleur’s presidential photo is unveiled

President Lois B. DeFleur’s photograph will soon join the “wall of presidents” in the Couper Administration Building.

DeFleur’s presidential photo was unveiled during her final University Council meeting on May 14. Council Chair Kathryn Grant Madigan and her fellow Council members displayed the black-and-white photograph at the conclusion of the meeting.

“For the past 20 years, you have given your heart and soul to Binghamton,” Madigan said. “Your legacy and visionary leadership, your commitment to excellence and innovation, and the globalization of Binghamton will long endure. We are all grateful beneficiaries and we will never forget you.”

DeFleur’s photograph will join photos of former presidents Glenn G. Bartle (1946-64), G. Bruce Dearing (1965-71), C. Peter Magrath (1972-74) and Clifford D. Clark (1975-90) in AD-148.

“I need to thank all of you: It’s been a group effort,” said DeFleur, who will retire in July. “It’s the excitement, enthusiasm and commitment to this University that allows us to do great things. And we really have done great things – from fundraising to academic programs to changing the physical look of the campus. … The people here are special and I will miss them.”

Also at the meeting, Marcia Craner, vice president of external affairs, provided an overview of fundraising efforts, including the University’s second-ever comprehensive gifts campaign, “Bold. Brilliant. Binghamton.”

The campaign kicked off in mid-April with an online event that emphasized participation and interaction, Craner said.

“This approach significantly expanded the number of constituents we reached and doubled the number of contacts from the first campaign (in 1996),” she said. “It was daring, because never before has a comprehensive gifts campaign been launched in such a fashion.”

More than 1,160 people from 22 countries took part in the launch that featured a live webcast from New York City, chat rooms, games, virtual tours and videos, Craner said.

The final phase of the campaign is now in “high gear,” Craner said. The overall campaign goal is $95 million and has three funding priorities: faculty and academic support, student support and The Binghamton Fund.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08