By Eric Coker
Binghamton University needs to get “better to get bigger, while also getting “bigger to get better” in 2013, President Harvey Stenger said during his State of the University address on Jan. 22.
“I believe that the effort many of you have put in over the past six months to develop the Road Map’s 3I’s – initiatives, innovations and ideas – has given us the tactics that are going to make us better, bigger and measurable,” Stenger said to faculty and staff gathered in Lecture Hall 1.
The two-hour event, formerly known as the University Forum, was what Stenger called “a team presentation.” The address featured talks from the University’s five vice presidents – Donald Nieman, Brian Rose, Bahgat Sammakia, Marcia Craner and James Van Voorst − and Director of Athletics Patrick Elliott.
The University plans to “get bigger” by adding 400 undergraduate students, at least 100 graduate students, 33 tenure-track faculty members and 35 staff members in 2013. Expansion has numerous benefits, Stenger said, citing how the University aids the local economy, how research helps society, and the advantages of name recognition around the country and world.
“I want to see more things Binghamton in the world,” he said. “Binghamton! Binghamton! Binghamton! Say it over and over again: Binghamton! It sounds great. I want to see it everywhere.”
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