New York City – Following the report of former Chief Judge Judith
Kaye, State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today announced
SUNY will take steps to strengthen the relationship between academics and
athletics at Binghamton University and across the SUNY System.
ongoing commitment to intercollegiate athletics is important and meaningful to
the total student experience and the life of our campuses,” said Chancellor
Zimpher. “Accordingly, we have taken proactive and deliberate steps to ensure
that the academic integrity of the Binghamton campus and the system overall is
maintained, while providing our student athletes the opportunity to compete at
the highest levels.”
include ensuring that academics, the core of SUNY’s mission, are seen as the
highest priority. To that end, the chancellor has asked SUNY Provost David K.
Lavallee to lead the effort for System Administration.
Named Special Advisor
has appointed Binghamton University Professor Charles (Roger) Westgate to serve
over the next months as special advisor for academics and athletics
for the SUNY System.
delighted to help the SUNY System and this very fine campus in any way that I
can,” said Westgate. “I appreciate the confidence of Chancellor Zimpher and
Provost Lavallee and my colleagues at Binghamton University. I am confident we
will successfully move forward together.”
will play a role that moves the Binghamton issues to a system-wide review.
Accordingly, he will assist with the identification of outstanding issues and
possible remedies on the Binghamton campus - and he will work to take the
issues identified in Binghamton as a starting point for developing policies and
guidelines across the system, at every level of intercollegiate athletics and
in every sector.
meet with campus leaders across the system and at other systems to give SUNY
the best possible comparative guidance. This will be extremely useful in
applying lessons learned for the entire system.
that face all campuses playing Division I athletics include admission standards,
review of transcripts and awarding of transfer credits, flexibility in
schedules to allow for athletes to take exams at different times because of their
schedules, independent study and grading.
Seek Athletic Oversight Officer
recommended that “SUNY should consider the appointment of a SUNY Athletic
Oversight Officer who will report only to the Board of Trustees and the
duties the Oversight Officer will:
the admission and academic progress of student athletes, and
recommendations to the SUNY Board and the chancellor regarding
intercollegiate athletic policy and procedure.
Lavallee, SUNY Deputy Provost James Ketterer and Dr. Westgate will carry out
these functions on an interim basis until funding for this position can be
secured and a search completed.
System Support for Academics & Athletics
the chancellor will make certain that each campus has clear and consistent
guidelines and policies in place that are appropriate to its level of athletics.
In addition, SUNY will ensure proper governance and oversight structures are in
place, those policies are adhered to and that there is an open channel to voice
concerns on each campus.
SUNY will work
closely with the NCAA to not only resolve whatever outstanding issues might
exist at Binghamton but to also ensure that the SUNY system is in the best
possible position to continue to place athletics in the context of our academic
will regularly convene campus presidents, athletic directors and FARs to discuss cross system interests, guidelines and benchmarks. SUNY will use the
principles and guidelines developed from those meetings to hold presidents
accountable for campus activities.
partnering with the NCAA on this and presenting findings to the Board, SUNY
will show academic progress, athletic success and costs of programs.
also develop stronger relationships with various athletic conferences and build
a great collegiate athletics reputation for all of the campuses.
for New Campus Leadership to Commence
Zimpher has designated Provost Lavallee to serve on the search committee for a
new president at Binghamton as President DeFleur prepares her departure in
July. That committee will meet on April 15. The chancellor will participate
in that meeting to give the committee its formal charge.
The goal of
the search is to get the right person to make the decisions about personnel and
policies that will maintain the highest standards at Binghamton.
SUNY is working to identify candidates to serve as Binghamton’s interim
(Roger) Westgate served as Dean of the Watson School of Engineering and Applied
Sciences from 2001-2007. His accomplishments included dramatic growth in
tenured/tenure track faculty, externally funded research, and in enrollment.
currently Bartle Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and teaches
courses in Circuits and Electromagnetics. He conducts research in electronic
materials and devices with a special focus on high frequency characterization
and modeling. He also serves as an associate director for the Binghamton University's Center for Autonomous Solar Power.
coming to Binghamton, he held the William B. Kouwenhoven Chair of Electrical
Engineering, served as department chair, associate dean for academic affairs
and interim dean for Whiting School of Engineering. He also led a program in
part-time graduate engineering education that enrolled more than 2000
students. He was awarded the Johns Hopkins Heritage Award for Exceptional
alumnus donated $5,000,000 to endow the Westgate Scholars Program at Johns
Hopkins, the largest endowed scholarship program for undergraduates at the
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