August 26, 2015
Dear Binghamton University Community,
It's hard to believe the summer is ending. It has flown by, but that's a testament to how busy we've been preparing the campus, our classrooms, our dining facilities and our residence halls to welcome our new and returning students for the start of the fall semester.
When I look out my office window, I see a thriving, beautiful campus. We take exceptional care of our buildings and grounds, regularly updating infrastructure and facilities. We opened our new Admissions Center last spring, and will hold a grand opening for our new Alumni Center during Homecoming in October.
Our growth continues in other ways as well – since 2011, we have hired 200 tenured and tenured-track faculty to our ranks for a net growth of 120; grown our undergraduate enrollment by over 1,700 students; and seen an increase of more than 450 graduate students. This growth, enabled by the NYSUNY 2020 initiative, is helping us make Binghamton University better.
In our pursuit of becoming the premier public university, we are continuing to invest in our students as well by expanding advising resources across campus and enhancing undergraduate research opportunities through initiatives including our Freshman Research Immersion and Summer Scholars and Artists programs.
At the graduate level, we continue to focus on recruiting the best students with the intent to increase our graduate student population to 30 percent of our total enrollment. To do this, we are adding career-oriented programs at the master's and doctoral levels. These new programs will be synergistic with our areas of strength. Our new School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is just one example of how we will realize this growth.
We are growing and providing our students with a world-class education. I can't think of anything better!