Binghamton University announces new Harpur College dean


 BINGHAMTON, NY -- Binghamton University President Lois B. DeFleur and Provost Mary Ann Swain have announced that Donald Nieman will serve as the new dean of Harpur College of Arts and Sciences at Binghamton University

Nieman, a historian, has been a dean at Bowling Green State University in Ohio for eight years. An Iowa native, Nieman is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Drake University. He earned a doctorate from Rice University in 1975.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Nieman to Binghamton University,” said President DeFleur. “He brings a wealth of experience to the position and has displayed a consistent commitment to academic excellence throughout his career in higher education."

Nieman held teaching positions 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 was promoted to dean in 2000. Nieman will start work at Binghamton on July 1.

“I am confident that his intelligence, insights into the future of the liberal arts, his previous experiences as dean and his enthusiasm for the move to Binghamton will translate into leadership that serves all of the Harpur departments and programs well,” Provost Swain said. “I look forward to working with him.”

Nieman’s specialty is law and race relations and civil rights in the United States. He has authored two books and edited four others. In 1991, Oxford University Press published his book Promises to Keep: African-Americans and the Constitutional Order, 1776 to the Present. One reviewer called it the first Afrocentric history of the U.S. Constitution.

Last Updated: 9/17/13