President’s Quarterly Report Features Libraries’ Incoming Dean

Binghamton University is an interesting place in the weeks following Commencement. There is a striking transition from the bustle of the last weeks of the academic year to the more relaxed days of summer. With most students home for the summer, there are days when the Peace Quad seems quieter — and it’s definitely easier to find a parking space. But this stillness is deceptive, as our faculty and staff — and yes, our students, too — keep the campus humming.

This year, the spring quarter has been especially busy. We’ve successfully graduated another class, and are now in the process of welcoming next year’s students. Summer courses are underway, though most students opt to learn online. Faculty are busy with research, and the University is strengthening its role in regional economic development while taking the next steps on the Road Map to Premier.

I’m proud to note, as well, that Binghamton was recognized on the last day of this quarter with the prestigious national designation as an “Innovation & Economic Prosperity University” by the Association of Public Land-grant Universities. We are the only SUNY school, and in fact the only school in New York state, to receive this recognition for our strong commitment to economic engagement through innovation and entrepreneurship, technology transfer, talent and workforce development, and community development. We continue to be a significant player in the economic development of Binghamton, the Southern Tier and New York state, and we are honored to earn this designation.

These are exciting times at Binghamton, and I am looking forward to additional progress in the months ahead.

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