Donald G. Nieman
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Binghamton University
Donald G. Nieman, a historian whose specialty is law and race relations and civil rights in the United States, became dean of Harpur College of Arts and Sciences in 2008, after serving as dean of arts and sciences at Bowling Green State University in Ohio for eight years. An Iowa native, he is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Drake University. He earned his Ph.D. at Rice University, where he developed a passion for teaching and research and a deep commitment to balancing discovery and mentoring.
Nieman taught at Kansas State University, Hunter College, Brooklyn College and Clemson University before becoming professor and chair of the History Department at Bowling Green in 1994. He was promoted to dean there in 2000.
He has authored two books and edited four others. In 1991, Oxford University Press published his book Promises to Keep: African-Americans and the Constitutional Order, 1776 to the Present, which has been called the first Afrocentric history of the U.S. Constitution.
As dean at Binghamton University, Nieman worked with campus partners to create freshman seminars for Harpur College students and a first-year writing program designed to help all Binghamton University students develop strong writing skills. He also launched the Harpur Fellows program to provide students an opportunity to pursue a passionate interest while serving the community; helped create the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities; collaborated with colleagues in Student Affairs to establish the Liberal Arts to Career Externship Program, which allows students to explore career opportunities with alumni sponsors; and provided leadership for developing programs with international partners.
Nieman lives in Vestal with his wife, Leigh Ann Wheeler, an associate professor of history and co-editor of the Journal of Women’s History, and their son, Brady Wheeler-Nieman.