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VPs outline upcoming campus goals

By : Sarah Lifshin


New academic programs along with strides in growing research are among the goals of the University?s senior academic team for the coming year.

Four of the University's five vice presidents and an associate vice president outlined their divisional goals for the 2003-04 school year at last week?s University Council meeting.

While the University continues to face tight budget constraints, President Lois B. DeFleur said BU will move ahead on a number of initiatives involving the addition of new degrees and research.

"We are working hard to continue to pursue the objectives," DeFleur said. "That is what we are all about."

While invigorating such existing efforts as writing across the curriculum and graduate support, Provost Mary Ann Swain said the University will target recruitment for a number of new degree programs, including a master's and doctorate in bioengineering, a doctorate in translation, a master's degree in student personnel administration, and an integrated evolutionary studies curriculum.

The campus will also work to ensure that students participating in the University's new joint degree programs with Turkey are integrated into the campus. The students will spend time on campuses in Turkey as well as Binghamton during their studies in computing science and international relations. BU's enrollment grew by about 200 students this fall, Swain reported, as the University works gradually towards its goal of 15,000 enrollment.

In the research division, Stephen Gilje, associate vice president of research, said the campus is pursuing collaborations with industry including a project in small scale systems with Endicott Interconnect Technologies. Gilje said planning is well underway for converting the former NYSEG property on the east side of campus into modern research facilities as part of the first phase in creating the Innovative Technologies Complex.

The division is also pursuing a goal to have the state designate BU as a Center for Excellence, which Gilje said would provide tens of millions of dollars in research funding.

Anthony Ferrara, vice president for administration, said work continues on the Events Center, which is scheduled to begin hosting basketball games in January, and the construction of two more residence halls in Mountainview College.

The division is also working with the divisions of academic affairs and research to develop research facilities for new faculty hires.

Rodger Summers, vice president for student affairs, said his division is working to develop a long-term housing and growth plan in conjunction with enrollment management. He said a decision will be made soon whether a housing lottery is again needed to prevent overcrowding in the residence halls.

Thomas Kelly, vice president for external affairs, said his division will continue to focus its fundraising efforts on donors who have the potential to make major gifts.

The University surpassed its $6 million fundraising goal, reaching $6.8 million last year. Fund-raising initiatives are also continuing for renovations to the 17-year-old Anderson Center and equipment and furnishings for the Events Center.

The division is also planning the development of a University magazine.

Last Updated: 10/14/08