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Stenger appoints University Ombudsman
December 11, 2014Tweet
President Harvey Stenger announces the appointment of Bathabile Mthombeni as University Ombudsman, effective Jan. 15, 2015.
“The importance of the University Ombudsman to the University community cannot be overstated,” Stenger said. “Bathabile’s background in law and extensive experience in conflict management and dispute resolution is what we had hoped to find for our campus and will serve her well in this key position.”
“Bathabile’s experience and credentials are what called our attention to her early in the search process,” said Pam Mischen, chair of the search committee. “Her engaging personality, which came through in her on-campus interview, will allow her to connect well with our students, faculty and staff.”
“I am beyond delighted to be joining Binghamton University’s community – especially at such an important and exciting time in the University’s development,” Mthombeni said. “I thank the hiring committee for this opportunity. My goal is to be a highly visible and accessible resource for all community members, continuing the legacy that Dawn Osborne-Adams and Francine Montemurro so skillfully established. I am eager to get to know my new University family and to embrace all that Binghamton has to offer.”
Mthombeni holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology with concentration certificates in African studies, African-American studies, women’s studies and visual arts. She earned her law degree from Columbia University School of Law.
Most recently, she has taught dispute resolution at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and she is the founder and principal for Untangled Resolutions, a private, confidential mediation, negotiation and conflict management firm. She is also the founder and host of SANGOMA, on online radio program for and about mediators.
Mthombeni has also served on the Civilian Complaint Review Board mediating disputes between New York City police officers and civilians, taught The Fundamentals of Organizational Ombudsman Practice for the Columbia University School of Continuing Education, served as associate university ombuds officer for Columbia University and been a law clerk and associate for Stroock & Stroock & Lavan.
The Office of the University Ombudsman is a confidential, impartial and informal resource for anyone with a University related concern or problem, providing a unique and safe place on campus to voice concerns, evaluate a situation, organize your thoughts and identify options for resolution.
Mthombeni will report directly to Stenger and will be unaligned and independent of all administrative decisions and academic units.