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June 4, 2015 - College Towns Revisited

LAST PRESENTATION UNTIL SEPTEMBER! Seating capacity is limited to 100. Register early to reserve a seat!

Upcoming Meeting: June 4, 2015


For our final presentation, we are delighted to welcome back Kevin Drumm, president of SUNY Broome Community College, to continue to topic of College Towns that he kicked off in the first meeting of the 2014-2015 speakers series. Kevin will be hosting the presentation and discussing college towns with other panelists who will speak about projects in Greater Binghamton that are occurring naturally or as a result of the first college town conversation last fall.

Some communities—realizing the economic vitality of the long-standing, historic college towns—have intentionally set out to build college towns as an economic and community development strategy. This event will remind participants of the attributes that define college towns and also make them attractive to young professionals. We will showcase projects in the Greater Binghamton area that make the area more attractive to young professionals and encourage the region’s reputation as a college town. Topics will include Roberson’s new Tourism study, and the “Triple Cities Campus Village” project for Greater Binghamton. A good college town is attractive to people of all ages, and to businesses looking for strong economies and opportunities to grow.  To achieve this, our community must be positioned as a center for innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship, as well as a great place to live, work, and raise a family.

Thank you for being a part of another fantastic year of SUNY BEST speakers series!

Time: 10 AM – 12 PM

Location: Binghamton University Downtown Center, Rm 228

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Kevin Drumm

Dr. Kevin Drumm became the seventh president of SUNY Broome Community College in February of 2010, after serving six years as president of the Northern Wyoming Community College District. His challenges were to settle a long history of strained labor relations, upgrade an aging physical plant for one of the oldest community colleges in New York State, and guide the college through a 20% cut in state funding which remains a challenge to this day. He hails from a small Western Massachusetts mill town not far from Albany, which is surrounded by not only renowned college towns but also elite private academies.


Terry McDonald has served as Roberson Museum and Science Center’s Executive Director for nine years. She works to clarify Roberson’s institutional identity, bolster public relations and improve the organization’s financial stability. She has taught Art History in Minnesota, Binghamton University, SUNY Broome, and Fordham University. Prior to joining Roberson as Director of Education in 2004, she worked in administration and museum education with The Metropolitan Museum of Art/The Cloisters. Terry loves the extraordinary energy exhibited by this community’s residents and is committed to helping make Roberson, and by extension, Greater Binghamton, a centerpiece of this vitality.


Recently hired as Director of Housing & Community Development at the Binghamton Housing Authority, Elaine Miller served as the Commissioner of Planning & Economic Development for Broome County from 2012 through May of 2015. Prior to that Elaine was a Revitalization Specialist with the NYS Department of State for eight years, covering all of central and western NY.  She also served as Deputy Mayor in the City of Binghamton from 1993 through 2003.


Robert Murphy is the Director of the Office of Economic Development in the City of Binghamton. Having lived in several college towns including South Bend, IN (Notre Dame) , Chapel Hill, NC (UNC) and Winston-Salem, NC (Wake Forest), with four sons who have attended BU, UAlbany, SUNY Broome, and Cornell, Bob sees the City’s return to the River and embracing winter outdoor activities as central to making Binghamton’s renaissance a sustainable one.  An ongoing conversation between Campus and Community must be established.



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