BU's Next President Visits Campus

By Haley Burton

BU's Next President Visits Campus

November 28, 2011 Updated Nov 28, 2011 at 10:41 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The State University of New York formally introduces the new person to lead Binghamton University.

Dr. Harvey Stenger Jr. was on campus in Vestal all day.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and Board of Trustees President H. Carl McCall formally introduced Stenger at a news conference on Monday.

McCall said it was an easy decision for the Board to approve Stenger as BU's new president.

"He's a person that believes in research but also believes in the value of liberal arts and humanities. He's just the kind of person we were looking for. I believe he's the kind of person you're looking for," said McCall.

Dr. Stenger says he's been asked what attracted him to BU? He says it was the success of its students, which is something he says he wants to build on as the University's seventh President.

Stenger says wants to meet with all of the departments throughout January, to come up with his vision for Binghamton University. He says he will then design that plan in February and March.

It's one he says that will include enhancing the school's academic culture, research, and building career-opportunities for students that boost the local economy.

"It's a continuing of a relationship between having them come into our classrooms and perhaps guest lecturing, having them be on our advisory boards, having them sit on our council, having them get to know us and help us. At the same time we're going to try to help them," said Stenger.

Dr. Stenger will officially become "President Stenger" on January 1.

His full compensation package is $510,000 that includes salary, benefits and housing allowance.

Peter Magrath was already scheduled to end his time as BU President on December 31.