Donald Nieman was named Binghamton University’s new provost and vice president for academic affairs, a job he started on July 1. The former dean of Harpur College of Arts and Sciences was one of five candidates in a national search.
Nieman is a historian specializing in law, race relations and U.S. civil rights. He taught at Kansas State University, Hunter College, Brooklyn College and Clemson University before becoming professor and chair of the History Department at Bowling Green in 1994. He served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences there from 2000 to 2008 and joined Binghamton as the dean of Harpur College in July 2008.
Wayne E. Jones Jr., professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry, is the interim dean of Harpur College.
At Binghamton, Nieman has worked with campus partners to create a first-year writing program designed to improve students’ college-level writing, launched the Harpur Fellows program, helped create the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and helped start the Liberal Arts to Career Externship Program, which allows students to complete externships with alumni sponsors.
“In my short time at Binghamton University, I have been impressed by Dean Nieman’s approach to problem solving, his collegial management style and his focus on academic excellence,” says Harvey G. Stenger, president of Binghamton University. “It will be a great pleasure to work closely with him in his new role as provost.”
What, exactly, does a provost do? We’ll answer that burning question in the fall issue of Binghamton University Magazine.