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C. Peter Magrath is Interim President of Binghamton University.  He is President-Emeritus of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC) and prior to assuming his Binghamton responsibilities, he joined the College Board in 2006 as a Senior Presidential Advisor. As past president of three public universities (SUNY Binghamton, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Missouri System), Magrath brings a broad perspective on higher education to his current job, including a long history of leadership in international education activities. He also served as Interim President of West Virginia University in 2008-09.

His many national involvements include service on the Commission on the Future of the National Science Foundation, the Board of Directors of the American Association of Community Colleges, and the College Board’s National Commission on Writing (as Chair). He organized the Kellogg Commission on the Future of State and Land-Grant Universities, served on the Board of Directors of the Salzburg Seminar and worked on the Southern Education Foundation’s advisory committee on educational opportunity for African-American and minority students.

Magrath is the author of numerous books, monographs and articles on American constitutional law and history, higher education, and international affairs. A political scientist with a B.A. degree from the University of New Hampshire and a Ph.D. degree from Cornell University, he taught at Brown University; he then served as Provost and Acting President at the University of Nebraska.