Seven-figure gifts honor former faculty

Donors Tsuming and Grace Chin-Fa Wu with University President Harvey Stenger

Tsuming and Grace Chin-Fa Wu with University President Harvey Stenger


Two seven-figure gifts made in the past year honor the scholarly and research contributions of two former Binghamton professors. One of the gifts will be used to enrich graduate education, while the other gift will foster faculty development.

"Gifts that allow us to recruit world-class faculty and graduate students are transformative," Provost Donald Nieman said. "Donors believe in our stature as a research university and our ability to make key scientific discoveries that will change the world."

  • Professor Emeritus Tsuming Wu and his wife, Grace Chin-Fa, made a seven-figure gift to support graduate students pursuing doctoral degrees in mathematics or the natural sciences (e.g., physics, chemistry, biology, geology). The Grace Chin-Fa and Tsuming Wu Fellowship for the Sciences, a merit-based fellowship, will be awarded to first-year doctoral students in Harpur College of Arts and Sciences. Wu joined the Physics Department at Binghamton in 1968 and remained on the faculty for more than 40 years.
  • An anonymous donor made a seven-figure gift to establish the George Klir Professor in Systems Science in memory of George J. Klir, a SUNY distinguished professor and systems science scholar. It is the first named professorship for the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science. The Klir Professor is expected to build on the late Klir's groundbreaking work in complex systems, cybernetics, fuzzy logic and more. Klir retired in 2007 after 38 years on the Binghamton faculty. He died in May 2016, at the age of 84.


Last Updated: 11/1/17