Founding dean of new college at Binghamton University is announced


     Binghamton University President Lois B. DeFleur and Provost Mary Ann Swain have announced that Patricia Wallace Ingraham, a public policy expert, will serve as the founding dean of the new College of Community and Public Affairs at Binghamton University.

     Ingraham, now distinguished professor of public administration at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, will assume her new post August 23.

     Ingraham, a longtime Binghamton resident, received her doctorate in political science/policy science from Binghamton University in 1979 and has taught in the University’s political science department. She also holds a master’s degree from Michigan State University and a bachelor’s degree from Macalester College.

     “We’re delighted to welcome a new dean who’s familiar with our growing University as well as the Southern Tier,” President Lois B. DeFleur said. “I look forward to working with Dean Ingraham as she solidifies the vision and mission of the College of Community and Public Affairs.”

     Ingraham said she will work with faculty members to establish the college’s presence in Greater Binghamton and among scholars. The college will move next year to the Binghamton University Education and Community Development Center, which is now under construction downtown.

     Ingraham, who has received numerous honors for her teaching and research, received the John Gaus Award for Career Distinction in Public Administration and Political Science from the American Political Science Association in 2004 and the Dwight Waldo Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Profession from the American Society for Public Administration in 2001.

     Binghamton’s new College of Community and Public Affairs incorporates the departments of Human Development, Public Administration and Social Work. For more details about the college, visit

Last Updated: 9/17/13