President Barack Obama’s visit to campus
On Aug. 23, President Barack Obama conducted a Town Hall Meeting in the Mandela Room in the University Union. In the weeks preceding the event, staff from University Police, Physical Facilities, the President’s Office, Sodexo Campus Services, Communications and Marketing and other campus departments worked closely with the United States Secret Service and White House advance teams to prepare for and plan the event.
This was a massive undertaking that required a great deal of coordination with both on- and off-campus departments and agencies. The Presidential Motorcade drove onto campus at 11:50 a.m. and traveled a pre-established secure route to the venue. The Town Hall meeting was conducted without incident and President Obama left the campus at 2 p.m.
Binghamton University received high praise from both the Secret Service and the White House for being so professional and accommodating, and for all of the work performed that ensured the president’s visit was a successful one.