NYS budgeting $10 million for Binghamton pharmacy school

January 30, 2014

The latest state-budget proposal from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo includes $10 million for a new pharmacy school at Binghamton University.

The latest state-budget proposal from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo includes $10 million for a new pharmacy school at Binghamton University.

The funds will be used for site acquisition and design work for the new school, according to Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger. The $10 million is part of an overall $60 million investment by the state.

Eventually, the pharmacy school will have an enrollment of 300 students. “We’ll initially hire about 12 clinical and 12 research faculty, and with the additional graduate students, it will make a nice community, create jobs, and attract research dollars,” Stenger said.

The pharmacy school will be a 70,000-square-foot structure and will most likely be located in Johnson City, N.Y. near the UHS Wilson Medical Center.

“A school of pharmacy requires hospital rotations for its students, so we thought it best to locate the new school near a hospital,” Stenger said. “This is a critical announcement because we’ve been talking for months about space and, when we are so tight for space on campus, this answers a very big question for us.”