Welcome from the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost - August 2016

Provost Donald G. NiemanDonald G. Nieman, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

As provost, I take great pride in Binghamton University’s academic excellence. In just seventy years, Binghamton has become one of the best public research universities in the U.S. through a relentless commitment to excellence and openness to innovation.

Binghamton’s excellence begins with its students. We are a magnet for the best students in New York State, the nation, and the world.  Selected from more than 32,000 applicants, Binghamton’s class of 2020 boasts the fifth highest SAT scores among public universities in the U.S.  We are also a mecca for top graduate students. As 2017 begins, almost 3,700 talented students from 100 countries are pursuing masters and doctoral degrees with us.

Top students are drawn to Binghamton by outstanding faculty who are passionate about teaching and discovery. Binghamton faculty are leaders in fields ranging from energy efficient computing, sustainability, and drug discovery to human rights, material culture, and medieval studies. Our award-winning faculty is growing. Since 2012, we have hired 238 new tenure track faculty—a growth of 28 percent. Coming from top research universities around the world, they are strengthening research, lowering our student-faculty ratio, and offering our students an even wider range of academic opportunities.

Binghamton’s reputation for excellence is rooted in its willingness to be different. In an academic world too often constrained by disciplines and departments, we have long been committed to interdisciplinary experimentation. From our renowned Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities to our Center for Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging and Developmental Exposure Alcohol Research Center, Bingahmton faculty have collaborated with colleagues from different departments and schools to push back the frontiers of knowledge. Building on this rich history, we recently established five Transdisciplinary Areas of Excellence (http://www.binghamton.edu/tae/) that bring faculty together from a wide variety of disciplines to explore such critical issues as energy, health science, citizenship and human rights, sustainability, and material and visual culture. This bold approach has been so successful that we are in the process of creating a sixth Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence (http://www.binghamton.edu/inside/index.php/inside/story/requests-for-proposals-for-sixth-transdisciplinary-area-of-excellence).

In a rapidly changing world, responsiveness and innovation are essential. Binghamton continues to develop new academic programs that meet the needs of our students and society and reflect developments in knowledge production. Our new School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences—whose first class matriculates in August 2017—will combine state of the art education with research to develop new therapies. New masters programs in sustainable communities, health systems, data analytics, public archaeology, and applied liberal studies will prepare students for opportunities in a rapidly changing global economy. Our newest initiative—the Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention—brings faculty from across the social sciences and humanities together to produce research and educate leaders who can prevent mass atrocities that occur all to frequently across the globe (http://binghamton.edu/i-gmap/).

Binghamton is a global university, offering students and faculty international connections that are essential for a top quality education and transformative research. We have developed dozens of partnerships with universities in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas that offer students rich opportunities to study abroad and faculty global research partnerships. Academic programs in fields such as archaeology, systems science and industrial engineering, sociology, geography, and public administration, to name but a few, have built robust international partnerships that enrich their academic offerings and strengthen their research. Moreover, our campus is a microcosm of the global economy our students will enter. Over 16 percent of our students come to us from 100 countries across the world, increasing the rich diversity of our campus.

We didn’t achieve excellence by accident. Since our inception 70 years ago, we have planned carefully, remained true to our plans, and linked planning and budgeting. Under the leadership of President Harvey Stenger, we developed our Road Map Strategic Plan in 2012 through a process that involved widespread participation (http://www.binghamton.edu/president/road-map/index.html). The Road Map has guided resource allocation, allowed us to develop innovative programs such as our new School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and facilitated growth with quality. This spring, over 200 faculty, students, staff, alumni, and community members will participate in a Road Map Renewal (http://www.binghamton.edu/inside/index.php/inside/story/16737/road-map-renewal-kicks-off/) designed to generate proposals that will help us advance the Road Map’s strategic priorities.

I invite you to explore the Academic Affairs web site. There, you will find a wealth of information on the programs and people that make Binghamton University such a wonderful place to study and work.

Last Updated: 1/12/17