A native of upstate N.Y., Stenger was appointed president at Binghamton University in Nov. 2011, and assumed his duties Jan. 1, 2012. Prior to coming to Binghamton, he served as interim provost at the University at Buffalo, where he had been dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences since 2006. A chemical engineer by training, he earned his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University in 1979, and his doctorate in the same discipline from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1983.
Prior to joining the administration at UB, Stenger was a professor at Lehigh University's College of Engineering and Applied Science, where he also served as dean for six years and served terms as co-chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering and director of the Environmental Studies Center.
As an administrator, his emphasis has been on expanding graduate programs and enrollment, adding academic programs, increasing international research and academic partnerships, strategically hiring faculty and increasing enrollment. Since his arrival at Binghamton, he launched the Road Map to Premier strategic planning process, involving more than 400 students, faculty, staff, alumni, community members and business leaders. In 2017, he led an update of the plan through the Road Map Renewal, which also involved hundreds of stakeholders, and he established the University's newest professional school, the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, which graduated its first class in 2021 and received accreditation. The strategic plan is currently undergoing another update — Re-aiming the Road Map — with broad participation from across campus. With a focus on academic excellence, operational excellence and University growth, the University is moving forward on its journey to becoming the premier public university.