Administration VP to step down; search begins for VP of reorganized division
By Katie Ellis
President Harvey Stenger recently announced that Vice President for Administration James Van Voorst accepted a position as vice president for administration and finance at the University at Albany, effective July 1.
"The vice president for administration bears an incredible responsibility to ensure that Binghamton University's daily operations run smoothly and provide the campus with the infrastructure it needs," said Stenger. "Jim has borne that responsibility with intelligence, confidence and humor, helping to establish Binghamton as a model for campuses across the country. His ability to develop and execute plans for projects that have advanced Binghamton University is unmatched and the entire campus owes him a debt of gratitude."
"I'm extremely grateful to the campus for allowing me to fill the position of vice president for administration," said Van Voorst. "It's been a privilege to work for a campus with such an emphasis on quality. It's made my job easier.
"During my tenure here, I've worked with many talented, dedicated people," he added. "The people make the campus what it is, and I will miss them."
Van Voorst joined Binghamton University in 2000, and was promoted from assistant to associate vice president in 2002. He was appointed vice president for administration in 2005.
Prior to joining Binghamton's administrative team, he served as controller for the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Van Voorst was also university accountant at the University at Albany for 18 years and prior to that he was a supervising auditor for the New York state comptroller.
He earned his bachelor's degree in accounting from Siena College and his master's degree in accounting from the University at Albany. He has been a licensed CPA in New York state since 1979, and is a member and past chapter president of the Association of Governmental Accountants, NY Capital Chapter.
A search has started for a vice president of operations, as Stenger restructures the Division of Administration into a slightly smaller Division of Operations. The renamed division will include oversight of human resources, physical facilities, information technology services, environmental health and safety, and police and public safety. Planning, budgeting and financial functions will move to the Division of Academic Affairs.
"This reorganization will put our academic mission at the forefront of our University as we move ahead with our Road Map strategic plan, increase student enrollment and hire additional faculty and staff," Stenger said. "By bringing budgeting and academic planning together, we will assure that we make the investments that will allow us to achieve our strategic priorities and promote academic excellence."
The search will focus attention on internal candidates, with the expectation that the position can be filled with a current University employee by early fall.
Executive Vice President and Provost Donald Nieman will chair the search for the vice president of operations. The committee will include:
* Mary Beth Curtin '82, MAT '86, MA '87, assistant vice president for strategic research
initiatives and Alumni Association board member
* Shelley Dionne, MBA '94, PhD '98, associate professor of management
* Timothy Faughnan, chief of police
* Fernando Guzmán, professor of mathematical sciences
* Valerie Hampton, chief diversity officer
* Wayne Jones, professor of chemistry
* Sarah Lam, associate professor of systems science and industrial engineering and associate dean of the Graduate School
* Brian Rose, vice president for student affairs
* Thomas Sinclair, associate professor of public administration
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