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James Orband and Kathryn Grant Madigan unveil a photo of C. Peter Magrath at the conclusion of the council's meeting Dec. 16.
Photo by Jonathan Cohen
Council unveils new Magrath presidential photo
December 16, 2011Tweet
A familiar face will soon occupy a second spot on the “wall of presidents” in the Couper Administration Building’s University Council Room.
University Council members unveiled a second presidential photo of C. Peter Magrath at the conclusion of its final meeting of the fall semester on Dec. 16. The unveiling was the culmination of a month-long celebration of Magrath’s second tenure as Binghamton University president. Magrath, who previously served from 1972-1974 and will retire at the end of December, was honored during Commencement and at a campus reception in which a trail in the Nature Preserve was named in his honor.
“We are going to miss you a lot,” said Council Chair Kathryn Grant Madigan, who called the meeting “bittersweet.” “We thank you for your inspired leadership during this transitional time. … As we run or walk on the Magrath Trail at the (Nature Preserve), you will long be remembered.”
Magrath’s new black-and-white photograph will hang next to photos of former presidents Glenn G. Bartle (1946-64), G. Bruce Dearing (1965-71), Clifford D. Clark (1975-90) and Lois B. DeFleur (1991-2010) in AD-148. Magrath’s first presidential photo will remain on the wall.
Although he called his second tenure “the capstone” of his professional career, Magrath continued to promote the ingredients that make Binghamton University special.
“We are a platinum university,” he told the council members. “We are integral to the Southern Tier. This University partners with business, industry and government. The relationships are win-win on all sides. Faculty, staff and custodians not only care about their University – they care about their community.
“I’m not always right, but I think I’m right about this: (Binghamton University) is already valuable and is going to be even more valuable and vital to the United States and the world.”
Also at the meeting, Associate Vice President of Facilities Management Lawrence Roma provided an overview of the University’s buildings and grounds.
Infrastructure statistics include 6.3 miles of roads, 23 miles of walkways, 36 acres of parking lots and 52 acres of maintained lawns.
Roma also emphasized the current capital plan that started in 2008, and has led to the construction of the East Campus Housing, the Engineering and Science Building and Science 5. Still to come in 2012 and 2013 are the Center of Excellence, the Central Campus Quad and renovations to the East Gym, athletic fields and dozens of classrooms and laboratories.
The projects have increased the University’s infrastructure to 6 million gross square feet, Roma said.
“From 2008 until now, we have grown by 900,000 gross square feet,” he said. “That’s about a 16 percent increase in a short time. By the time we finish this capital plan in 2013, we will be adding another 700,000 square feet – another 13-14 percent. This has been tremendous growth.”