Binghamton University provost to return to teaching


BINGHAMTON, NY – Binghamton University Provost Mary Ann Swain will leave her position at the end of June and after a one-semester leave, will return to teaching in Spring 2011.

Swain announced the decision to her staff and in an e-mail to the campus community:

“The relationship between the president and provost of any university is a critically important one. In higher education it is often the case that when a president leaves the provost steps aside to allow the new president to work with a provost of his or her choice. For that reason, and after conversation with the Office of the Provost at SUNY, I will complete my appointment at the end of June. After a one-semester leave, which I will use to prepare for classes, I will return to teaching in spring 2011.

I applaud President DeFleur’s vision and leadership. It has been my great privilege to work with her and to serve Binghamton University over the past 17 years. This is a truly extraordinary institution because of its achievements in faculty scholarship and the outstanding quality of both its undergraduate and graduate programs. I know from first-hand experience that our excellence results from the talents and dedication of all of our faculty and staff. It also comes from respectful collegial relationships among the vice presidents, deans, and vice provosts whom I thank for all of their support. 

I look forward to teaching a new generation of bright and talented students. I also want to reinvigorate my research into leadership in higher education and the interdependencies among stressors, social support, and illness. I shall miss being a part of an extraordinary team that unites many components of this organization into an effective whole, but I shall not lack for new challenging things to do.“ 

In recognizing Provost Swain’s contributions to Binghamton University, President Lois B. DeFleur said, “Provost Swain has been a vital part of my leadership team and I want to thank her for all she has done for the University. She has helped me develop significant strategic plans for Binghamton, which have guided our growth and development over the last 17 years. Her commitment to excellence in our academic programs and the recruitment of bright, talented students has strengthened the University and enhanced its reputation. Binghamton has benefitted enormously from her academic leadership.”     

Bio info: Provost Swain came to Binghamton in August 1993, from the University of Michigan, where she served as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. She also held the positions of Interim Director of Affirmative Action and Interim Vice President for Student Services. Provost Swain holds a concurrent tenured appointment in the Decker School of Nursing. In 2007, the Girl Scouts-Indian Hills Council recognized her as the Woman of Distinction Honoree. Provost Swain received the baccalaureate from DePauw University, and the MA and PhD in psychology from the University of Michigan.

Role: As Binghamton's chief academic officer, Provost Swain administers all the academic programs conducted here, while also seeing to their enhancement and to the development of the curriculum at all levels. Provost Swain oversees academic staff recruitment, retention, and promotion and the academic budget, and provides overall leadership in the furtherance of Binghamton's academic plan.



Last Updated: 9/17/13