Council & Cabinet

Graduate Council

The Graduate Council is the governing body of the Graduate School and consists of the Dean of the Graduate School, faculty members elected from the graduate faculty and graduate students designated annually by the Graduate Student Organization. The Graduate Council establishes regulations for the Graduate School; reviews and approves proposed graduate courses and programs; develops standards for the admission and matriculation of graduate students; and recommends priorities for the allocation of graduate support resources.

Graduate Council Members


Donald Nieman, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Interim Dean for the Graduate School

Faculty Representatives:                                  

2017-2020 Term                                                                                           

Yu Chen, Watson, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Paul Chiarot, Watson, Mechanical Engineering

Bob Guay, Harpur, Fine Arts and Humanities, Philosophy

Gail Rattinger, SOPPS

Matt Johnson, Harpur, Science and Mathematics, Psychology

Weiyi Meng, Watson, Computer Science

Andreas Pape, Harpur, Social Sciences, Economics

Xingye Qiao, Harpur, Science and Mathematics, Mathematical Sciences

Pamela Smart, Harpur, Fine Arts and Humanities, Art History

Nathan Tumey, SOPPS

Leslie Gates, Harpur, Social Sciences, Sociology

2018-2020 Term

 Kimberly Jaussi, SOM

Manoj Agarwal, SOM

Nikolay Dimitrov, Harpur, Science and Mathematics, Chemistry

Christopher Bishop, Harpur, Social Sciences, Psychology (At-Large)

Peter Borgesen, Watson, Systems Science and Industrial Engineering

George Catalano, Watson, Biomedical Engineering

Douglas Summerville, Watson, Electrical and Computer Engineering

David Campbell, CCPA, Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership

Nadia Rubaii, CCPA, Public Administration

Loretta Mason-Williams, Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership (At-Large)

2019-2021 Term

 Leo Wilton, CCPA

Seden Akcinaroglu, Political Science

Nicole Rouhana, DSON

Madhusudhan Govindaraju, Watson Computer Science

Sabina Perrino, Anthropology 

Graduate Student Representatives:

Chang Liu

Tarun Mastana

Chenrui Zhao

Gautam Beri

Ex Officio Members:

Gretchen Mahler, Associate Dean, Graduate School

Paul Parker, Associate Vice President, Research

Mary Beth Curtin, Assistant Vice President, Strategic Research Initiatives

Curtis Kendrick, Dean, Libraries

Sara Reiter, Liaison, Faculty Senate

Erin Neske, Director, Office of Strategic and Fiscal Planning

Graduate Council Minutes






Graduate Cabinet

The Graduate Cabinet, an informal body comprised of the graduate associate deans of the schools and colleges, the chairs of departments, directors of graduate programs and representatives of the Graduate School, convenes as needed in order to discuss important issues relevant to graduate education. Although the Graduate Cabinet has no bylaws or legislative authority, its discussions contribute greatly to the excellence of Binghamton University.