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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


Aleksandar Popovski
Assistant Dean

  • Leads the transition to a fully electronic admissions process for graduate students
  • Plans strategic initiatives regarding international student recruitment, international marketing, and relationships with sponsoring organizations
  • Partners with other campus offices, faculty and staff on efforts to provide excellent support services for graduate students

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

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 

Degree Completion & Funding 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: 7/15/14