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Interim deans will lead Harpur, SOE

Ricardo René Larémont, professor of sociology, and Susan Strehle, professor of English, have accepted the positions of interim dean of Harpur College of Arts and Sciences and interim dean of the School of Education, respectively.

There will be a national search to fill each position on a permanent basis. Provost Mary Ann Swain expects to have deans in place for each school before the next academic year.

Larémont, professor of political science and sociology, is the author of Islam and the Politics of Resistance in Algeria, 1783-1992.

He earned a doctorate in political science from Yale University in 1995, graduated from New York University’s law school in 1979 and did his undergraduate work at NYU.

Larémont, who joined Binghamton’s faculty in 1997, was honored with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in teaching in 2002. This year, he was named a Carnegie Scholar.

“Ricardo’s interdisciplinary work introduced him to a number of the very excellent faculty who characterize Harpur’s numerous and diverse depa

rtments and programs,” Swain said. “I believe that his administrative experiences, clear thinking, and problem-solving abilities will serve the college well while we conduct a national search for the dean.”

Larémont’s appointment follows the news that Jean-Pierre Mileur will step down as Harpur College dean after seven years in the post. Mileur plans to take some time off and then teach a class in the English Department in the spring.

“The thing I’m most proud of is the success we’ve had in the continuing development of top-flight research and teaching faculty,” Mileur said. “We’ve hired somewhere in the vicinity of 125 to 130 new tenure-track faculty in the last seven years, and we’ve also developed our infrastructure to support research and faculty travel. I think we accomplished a great deal together in creating the faculty that the college needs to carry it well into this new century.”

Mileur said Binghamton alumni have changed his perception of the role of the liberal arts in the world outside academia.


I discovered was that the liberal arts are very positively regarded out in the business and professional world, more positively than people in academia may understand,” he said. Professionals are very interested in and impressed by the communications and analytic skills that liberal arts graduates bring to a whole range of jobs, many of which didn’t even exist a few years ago.”

Mileur said Binghamton takes its responsibilities as a public university seriously, and continues to balance quality with access. “Even among public institutions, there are only a handful in the U.S. that have figured out a way to deliver such a high-quality education at such a reasonable cost,” he said. “That means that, as much as the University has changed, the original ideal of Harpur College is still very much alive.”

Mileur, who turns 55 next month, holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a doctorate in English from Yale. The San Diego native was dean of the University of California at Riverside’s graduate school before coming to Binghamton.


rehle replaces Interim Dean Robert Carpenter, who has returned to the School of Education faculty.

Strehle, professor of English, has served as chair of her department and as the first dean of the Graduate School. She has also been chair of the Faculty Senate.

“I’m delighted by what I’ve found here in the School of Education,” she said. “I am excited about the challenges we have and the wonderful group of people I’ll be working with.”

Strehle, 59, earned a doctorate in English from UC Berkeley in 1975 and joined Binghamton’s faculty that year. She received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service in 2005 and the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1978.

She counts contemporary fiction, nation in literature, postcolonial theory and literature, women writers and American literature among her interests.

“Susan’s experience directing the Graduate School and as a department chair make her well qualified to assist an excellent faculty in moving this new school forward,” Swain said.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08