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Binghamton University hopes to have new president by fall 2011

Binghamton University Pipe Dream
November 11, 2010
Hundreds of people have applied for the top post at Binghamton University, but the Presidential Search Committee has narrowed down the pool to a handful of candidates.

They plan to meet the remaining applicants for personal interviews, which will take place off campus in the weeks ahead.

“We are at a good place right now,” said Kathryn Madigan, chair of the Presidential Search Committee. “It will be very interesting to finally meet all these accomplished candidates we have only seen on paper, face-to-face,” she said.

The Committee plans to have a new president on campus before the beginning of the fall 2011 semester. According to Madigan, it has been recognized that former President Lois DeFleur’s compensation was quite low compared to those of other public institutions and members plan to work closely with the chancellor on an appropriate compensation package for the next BU president.

Following the interviews, the Search Committee will determine the top five candidates to recommend to the University Council, and campus visits will be scheduled to ensure the academic community can participate. Once the five semi-finalists have been determined, those candidates’ names are made public, prior to the pending campus visits.

The BU Council will then recommend its top three candidates to SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher. From there, Zimpher will make the final recommendation to the SUNY Trustees for approval.

According to Madigan, the exact dates for these decisions would be difficult to predict at this time, “as it is so dependent upon the off-site interviews as well as our ongoing recruiting efforts.”

“The goal is not to meet any artificial deadlines but to take whatever time we need to find the very best president for Binghamton,” Madigan said.
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