Updated 11/28/2011 09:53 PM
BU welcomes new president
Binghamton University prepares for new leadership. SUNY Officials formally welcomed the school's new president to the campus Monday. Our Melissa Kakareka tells us what the incoming president plans to do for the university.
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VESTAL, N.Y. -- SUNY officials say Harvey G. Stenger Jr. has what it takes to move Binghamton University forward.
"In addition to his immense academic credentials, Stenger has the skills that make a leader great. Harvey is a visionary," said SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher.
Stenger will replace interim President Peter Magrath on January 1st. He says he will spend his first few months determining what the university needs to continue its success.
"The month of January is going to be dedicated to meeting with people. I'll be at each unit on campus at least one full day in the month of January. Then February and March will be designing a plan," said Stenger.
The incoming president wants to increase student diversity on campus. He will also expand degree programs at the university and enhance research and scholarship programs. And he says the school needs to strengthen its own financial position while enhancing economic development in the region.
"We will continue to ensure that BU remains a catalyst in the region for driving economic development in the region and New York State," said Stenger.
But Stenger says his most important goal is to provide a quality learning environment for students and faculty.
"We will have the goal of offering every BU student a rewarding experience that positively influences their life. We will make certain that every faculty member achieves their personal and professional goals and that every staff member has a long and fulfilling career," said the new president.
Harvey Stenger will be Binghamton University’s seventh president.