The $21 million Natural Science Center opened in Fall 2013, bringing the first new classrooms to the campus in 15 years. The state-of-the-art, energy-efficient building houses the biology, chemistry and physical science departments.
Opening in Fall 2014, the new Student Village will give SUNY Broome students the opportunity for on-campus living for the very first time. The $18 million complex will house 336 students and a full-time director at the front of campus.
Built in 1956, the Darwin R. Wales Center completed a much-needed $4.6 million overhaul in June 2014. The space, considered the college’s welcome center, is now handicapped-accessible for the first time, as well as energy-efficient and aesthetically pleasing.
The transformation will continue in upcoming years.
Plans are underway to transform downtown Binghamton’s historic Carnegie Library into the SUNY Broome Hospitality Center, training students for future careers in the hospitality industry.
Now that the Wales Center is completed, other core campus buildings are also due for an overhaul. A $19.5 million program, dubbed Critical Core Building Rehabilitation, will transform the remaining core buildings into modern facilities.
Dr. Drumm counts the modernization and upgrading of SUNY Broome’s infrastructure as one of his proudest achievements. In addition, he has made outreach both in local high schools and in the community a campus-wide priority. This effort has resulted in SUNY Broome having a greater presence in the area, with art and ceramic classes now located in Carriage House at the Roberson Museum and a number of other sites currently under development. The momentum of high school outreach will continue through the Pipeline Initiative which links K-12 with SUNY Broome, Binghamton University and local industry.
Also under his watch, a $10 million gift – the largest in the college’s history and equal to the largest philanthropic gift ever presented to a SUNY community college – will go toward student scholarships, making a SUNY Broome education accessible to all.
Starting in Fall 2014, Dr. Drumm will chair the New York Community College Association of Presidents.
Before coming to SUNY Broome, Dr. Drumm was president of the Northern Wyoming Community College District from 2004-2010. During his tenure at NWCCD, it grew to enroll more than 5,500 students annually and also grew its operating budget from $24 to $35 million with 230 full-time staff and faculty. The District added more than 150,000 square feet of new facilities, and raised more than $100 million in public and private funding.
Prior to becoming president of NWCCD, Dr. Drumm was Vice President for Enrollment/Student & Public Affairs at Springfield Technical Community College in Springfield, MA.
Dr. Drumm’s career also includes working in a variety of student services and academic affairs positions at community colleges, universities and private colleges, ranging from Student Life Director and Assistant Academic Dean to Vice President for Student Affairs at a New Hampshire community college.
He has taught throughout his career and is also a graduate of the first American Association of Community Colleges Leadership Institute. He was educated at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, MA, transferring to Boston University for both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, later completing his Ph.D. in Organizational Studies and Higher Education at New York University.
Dr. Drumm, his wife Bonnie, and their son Cameron, enjoy snowmobiling and spending time with their extended family in the Berkshires and southern Maine.