City – The State
University of New York Board of Trustees today appointed C. Peter Magrath
(ma-graw) as interim president of Binghamton University, as previously
recommended by SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. Magrath, senior presidential
advisor for The College Board and a past president of Binghamton University from 1972 to 1974, will take office on July 1.
“We are so
pleased with the return of Peter Magrath to the SUNY family,” said Chancellor
Zimpher. “With vast presidential experience across the nation and in Binghamton, Dr. Magrath is an ideal fit to lead this superb academic institution during a
period of transition and growth. I am confident that Binghamton students,
faculty, staff and the surrounding community will find in Dr. Magrath a leader
of great integrity, who can provide the focused direction necessary for
very few people in this nation who know more about public higher education and
have enjoyed more success than Peter Magrath,” said SUNY Board Chairman Carl T.
Hayden. “Peter’s work in policy and advocacy, his leadership of not only
nationally-recognized public campuses but of an entire system of public higher
education make him the right person to lead Binghamton University during the
search for a permanent president. I commend Chancellor Zimpher for recruiting
such an impressive candidate and I thank my colleagues on the Board for seeing
his appointment through.”
thank Chancellor Zimpher and the Board of Trustees,” said Magrath.
“It’s good to return home, where my presidential career began. Binghamton University faces worthy challenges in serving New York, its region, our nation
and the world. Challenges and universities go together in my
experience, and this exciting University will build on its many excellent
programs that serve our main mission of economic and social development.
This mission--and opportunity--energizes me."
Magrath has been senior presidential advisor at The College Board. Between 2008
and 2009, he also served as interim president at West Virginia University.
through 2005, he served as president of the National Association of State
Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, now the Association of Public and
Land-Grant Universities (APLU), a voluntary association of 212 public research
universities located in all 50 states.
his work at the national level, Magrath was president of the University of Missouri System (1985-1991), University of Minnesota (1974-1984), Binghamton University (1972-1974), and served as interim chancellor at the University of
a graduate of Cornell University and the University of New Hampshire, where he
earned his doctorate and bachelor’s degrees, respectively, in political
science. His scholarly interests include American government, higher education
and international affairs.
will receive an annual State salary of $355,000. His appointment will continue
until such time as the Board of Trustees, by resolution, appoints a successor.
Binghamton University will lease a residence for Dr. Magrath, wherein he will
be required to reside during his presidency, and he will be provided with an
automobile from the University vehicle pool. For Magrath’s complete curriculum
vitae, click here.
About Binghamton University
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interdisciplinary, international education with one of the most vibrant
research programs in the nation.
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