New President For Binghamton University

By Bryan Mercer

November 22, 2011 Updated Nov 22, 2011 at 11:51 PM EST

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The SUNY Board of Trustees announces its pick for a new man in charge at Binghamton University.

Dr. Harvey G. Stenger, Jr. has been selected unanimously by the presidential search committee and university council.

The announcement was made around 2:00pm on Tuesday.

The meeting was attended by SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and new Board of Trustees Chairman H. Carl McCall.

Current President Peter Magrath was already scheduled to end his term on December 31, 2011.

In June, BU's Presidential Search committee hired a new search consultant.

The committee said it was looking for someone who will be an effective fundraiser, interact with the local community and political leaders, and can grow research endeavors at BU.

Off-site interviews with top candidates were conducted in August and September.

SUNY leaders had been planning to hire a new president by the end of the year.

The selection was announced by SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher.

Zimpher said that 106 candidates were identified, 25 were interviewed, and Stenger was part of the final five.

Dr. Harvey G. Stenger Jr. would leave his post as Interim Provost and Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University at Buffalo.

The SUNY Board of Trustees says Stenger's salary will be $510,000 as of July 1, 2012.

Many Trustees are expressing concern over the proposed salary in the resolution, however the resolution was passed and Stenger was approved for the position.