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Watson dean to add international duties to responsibilities
February 25, 2015Tweet
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Donald Nieman has appointed Krishnaswami “Hari” Srihari to succeed Vice Provost for International Affairs Katharine Krebs when she retires at the end of May. Srihari will assume the title of executive vice provost for international initiatives and chief global affairs officer and will remain dean of the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science as well as director of the Watson Institute for Systems Excellence (WISE).
The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) will move from the Division of Student Affairs into the Division of Academic Affairs as part of Srihari’s portfolio, which also includes the Office of International Programs (OIP).
While part of the Division of Student Affairs and under the leadership of Assistant Vice President for Student Life Elizabeth Carter, ISSS director Patricia Marrapese and her team have done excellent work, said Nieman, and together with OIP they play a critical role in the University’s success. “Both OIP and ISSS are high-performing and responsive organizations and by bringing them together we will enhance the synergy between them and have better integration with our schools.
“The goal is to create a fully integrated approach to global affairs to enable us to be more effective in recruiting the best international students – graduate as well as undergraduate – and do our best to help them be successful at Binghamton and become loyal alumni and global ambassadors for Binghamton University,” said Nieman.
“Hari is the perfect person to take on this responsibility because he has vast experience and a record of success in international recruitment and education, as recognized by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities which honored him with the Michael P. Malone International Leadership Award,” said Nieman. “As a successful dean and distinguished professor of systems science and industrial engineering, he also has high credibility with deans and faculty.”
“I am honored to have been given the opportunity to lead Binghamton University’s international efforts across campus,” said Srihari. “As Binghamton moves toward becoming the premier public university of the 21st century, it is critical for us to become a truly globalized campus. I am looking forward to joining the team of the Office of International Programs and the Office of International Student and Scholar Services, learning more about the excellent work they are doing, and helping them to continue to succeed in their efforts.
“This will also be a wonderful opportunity to work with my colleagues in schools and offices across campus to help support and facilitate their efforts in this space,” he added. “Obtaining a global perspective is critical for our students and I am delighted to become part of this endeavor and to ensure our students get the best education possible.”