Parents Leadership Council


Binghamton University's Parents Leadership Council (PLC) offers parents an opportunity to enrich the Binghamton student experience by serving as a link between the University and the parents of undergraduate students. The council aims to broaden and deepen the University's connection with parents by fostering an enduring and mutually beneficial relationship. The PLC complements and supports the University's strategic directives and initiatives by acting as advancement advocates for the Division of Student Affairs through private support and outreach. This is an advisory council whose mission is to enhance student opportunities.

Fundamental Pillars

  • Supporting student success
  • Creating events and special initiatives to increase parent communication and engagement
  • Fundraising and outreach

Goals and Objectives

Our goal is to create activities and experiences designed to inform, involve and engage parents. Goals and objectives include:

  • Create strategic programming and initiatives to support parent engagement and student opportunities while at Binghamton University
  • Assist Binghamton University staff in providing a positive experience that enhances involvement and participation for parents and family members of undergraduate students
  • Educate parents and campus community on goals of the Binghamton Fund for Student Life, which enriches student educational and co-curricular experience
  • Increase annual financial support provided by parents

Council Roles and Responsibilities

  • Be an advocate for Binghamton University and serve as a resource for families in your geographic region
  • Choose project(s) as a Council, based on Student Affairs priorities, to allocate funds from the Binghamton Fund for Student Life (BFSL)
  • Participate in quarterly conference call and attend on-campus meeting and reception in April
  • Make a leadership gift of a minimum $1,000 a year to the Binghamton Fund of your choice

Join the Parents Leadership Council

Parents Leadership Council Members


  • David '87 and Eileen '87 Cohan
    Melvile, NY
  • Joan and Steve Ruddy/Dickson
    Katonah, NY
  • Todd '92 and Jennifer '94 Sundheimer
    Morganville, NJ
  • Jaime Sweet
    Frankfort, NY
  • Ning Yao
    New York, NY
  • Lyse and Adam Wofse
    Port Washington, NY
  • Ehab Elsonbaty
    New York, NY
  • Jodi and Robert Katz
    Cheshire, CT
  • Jenny and Richard Libien/Goodwin
    Dobbs Ferry, NY
  • Nimesh and Sandhya Udeshi
  • Thomas and Karina Sakmar/Aberg
    Wading River, NY
  • Shahnaz and Yahia Lodi 
    Vestal, NY
  • Dan and Kimberly Braverman
    Pleasantville, NY
  • Patricia and John Franco
    Valley Stream, NY
  • Suzanne and Robert Gardos
    Croton on Hudson, NY
  • Kadir Karabay
    New York, NY
  • Susan and Edward Sollinger
    Ocean, NY

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