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Graduate School Staff Directory

Susan Strehle
Vice Provost and
Dean of The Graduate School

  • Provides leadership for graduate education at Binghamton University
  • Oversees the operational functions of The Graduate School and Graduate Council
  • Oversees approval of new degrees and certificates, as well as revision of current programs
  • Organizes academic program reviews

Sarah Lam
Associate Dean

  • Spearheads the Clifford D. Clark Fellowship Program for Diversity
  • Serves as The Graduate School contact for Fulbright Scholarships and the NSF-AGEP program
  • Manages the New Graduate Student and Teaching Assistant Orientations
  • Oversees all university-wide career and professional development programs for graduate students

Melissa Spencer
Executive Secretary to the
Vice Provost & Dean

  • Supports the Vice Provost & Dean and Associate Dean of The Graduate School
  • Organizes Graduate Council meetings, and its committee meetings
  • Organizes New Faculty Orientation, TA Orientation, Graduate Cabinet meetings, and other Graduate School functions

ADMISSIONS AND RECRUITMENT

Kishan Zuber
Assistant Dean

  • Spearheads the outreach and recruitment of graduate students to Binghamton University
  • Directs targeted recruitment marketing and communications initiatives, in collaboration with strategic University partners
  • Coordinates the admissions process and the electronic admissions systems

Ben Balkaya
Assistant Dean

  • Serves as liaison to stakeholders such as dean's offices, academic departments, faculty and other administrative offices for international recruitment and admissions
  • Oversees analytical reporting on all aspects of graduate education at Binghamton, including faculty, students, and prospective students
  • Serves as the information technology manager for the Graduate School

Justin Pierce
Domestic Graduate Admissions and Recruitment Advisor

  • Travels domestically to represent the university at recruitment and outreach events
  • Assists in relationship building with domestic partners
  • Coordinates strategic marketing and communication initiatives for domestic applicants

Kristin Blake
International Graduate Admissions and Recruitment Advisor

  • Travels internationally to represent the university at recruitment and outreach events
  • Assists in relationship building with international partners
  • Coordinates strategic marketing and communication initiatives for international applicants

Teresa Spinelli
Graduate Admissions & Funding Assistant

  • Supports Assistant Dean of Recruitment and Admissions
  • Provides support to departments and students regarding the graduate application process at Binghamton
  • Processes graduate applications, records student material, evaluates transcripts, confirms international student funding certification and processes deferrals

Michael Hathaway
Graduate Admissions & Enrollment Assistant

  • Supports internal admission and enrollment processes
  • Supports the Graduate Admissions Assistant with daily operational responsibilities 

Jessica Davis
Degree Completion & Awards Assistant

  • Processes and approves all graduate applications for degrees and certificates
  • Answers questions concerning degree completion
  • Collects/processes theses and dissertations
  • Reviews dissertation committee membership

 

The Graduate School is located in the Couper Administration Building, AD-134. Office hours are Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Summer/Winter Session hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

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Last Updated: 12/9/14