University at Albany

Excellence in Academic Service

Each year, the University at Albany honors special members of its community with Excellence Awards denoting exceptional contributions to the life of the campus. Two faculty members received this tribute in 2000 for Excellence in Academic Service.

Timothy LanceTimothy LanceMathematics and Statistics

His achievements as a longtime faculty member and administrator have brought Timothy Lance an Excellence in Academic Service Award.

Lance, a full professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, has also chaired the department for several years. His colleagues credit him with recruiting world-renowned faculty. Lance has also attracted high-quality graduate students, and Graduate Assistants for National Needs (GANN) awards to support them, to the University’s mathematics program. As a result, the department graduates an average of seven Ph.D.s each year. Lance’s other administrative duties have included terms as interim chair of the Department of Biometry and Statistics and associate vice president for information systems and technology; he has also served on a committee to draft a strategic plan for the College of Arts and Sciences. Lance has just assumed the vice chairmanship of the College Council of Chairs — his second time in that post.

An advocate of computing and technology, Lance established the mathematics department’s first computer classroom with funding from a Commodore Corp. equipment grant. He helped to launch one of the first general electronic research journals in mathematics, the New York Journal of Mathematics, which has afforded Albany increased visibility in the international mathematics community. Lance is also president and chairman of the board of NYSERNet, which provides Internet service to research universities throughout New York State. In addition, he has established himself as a highly successful fundraiser, forging relationships with businesses that have subsequently made gifts to the University and joining other Albany faculty in lending support to the recently concluded Campaign for the Libraries.

Excellence in Academic Service

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