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Office of the Provost

Provost's Welcome

Provost Donald G. NiemanBinghamton University is a truly remarkable place. In a little more than sixty years, we have gone from a small liberal arts college to a major research university with an excellent college of arts & sciences, five outstanding professional schools, and internationally recognized Ph.D. and masters programs.

While much has changed over the past six decades, one thing has remained constant—our commitment to excellence. We recruit exceptional students from across the state and country and around the world. Their quality is reflected in the standard measures of academic preparation such as GPA and SAT and GRE scores. But as impressive as these are, they do not tell the whole story. Our students are remarkably diverse: 15% come to us from abroad and one third identify themselves as students of color. Our students' diversity adds a richness to the intellectual, social, and cultural life of campus that energizes our classrooms and labs, enhances the quality of our research, scholarship, and creative work, and enriches campus discourse.

Binghamton's commitment to excellence is also embodied in its faculty. Their accomplishments in research, scholarship, and creative work are impressive. They include almost three dozen SUNY distinguished professors, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and dozens of fellows of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Academy in Rome, and many professional societies, including the American Chemical Society and the American Psychological Association. Equally impressive is their passion for teaching—for bringing the excitement of discovery and the insights of cutting edge scholarship into the classroom and lab.

Binghamton is a place where world class faculty challenge bright, curious students and help them achieve their best. As a result, our alumni have made their mark. You'll find them in top law firms, hospitals, and financial institutions, on the faculties of leading universities, on Broadway and in Hollywood, in the leading technology companies in Silicon Valley and elsewhere, and in positions of leadership in government, education, and non-profits. They are also deeply loyal to Binghamton University. They frequently return to our campus to teach and mentor students, invite our students into their offices as interns, and provide generous financial support, as the recent successful conclusion of our Bold, Brilliant Binghamton Campaign demonstrates.

I invite you to peruse our web site to get a better idea of what makes this young institution such a special place. Or better yet, come to campus to see for yourself.

Donald G. Nieman
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

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Last Updated: 7/2/14