Vice President for External Affairs Marcia Craner steps down
Thirty years is a long time to stay at one place, especially when one’s original intent was to work for a few years before moving on to another institution. But careers don’t always play out the way they’re expected to, as Marcia Craner discovered.
When Craner came to Binghamton University in 1983, she was director of alumni and parent relations. At the end of this month, she will step down from the position she has held for the past 7 years – vice president for external affairs and executive director of the Binghamton University Foundation. After a six-month sabbatical, she will return to the College of Community and Public Affairs to begin teaching about what she knows best – philanthropy.
Craner is the face of the University for many, in particular alumni. “We’ve grown up together and I’ve become for them a friend, a confidant and a go-to person at the University,” said Craner. “That’s a theme I keep hearing as I say goodbye – ‘What am I going to do without you? You’re the one I call.’
“They share with me their hopes, dreams and occasionally their disappointments,” she said. “I’m a problem solver and able to fix or at least articulate for them the challenges the University has had.”
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