Provost Tramontano’s Biography

Dr. William A. Tramontano has been the provost and vice president for academic affairs for Brooklyn College since July 1, 2008. He provides leadership to the academic programs, and commitment to faculty and student growth and development at Brooklyn College.

Tramontano serves as the college’s chief academic officer. He is responsible for 32 academic departments; in addition, the following report to him:

  • Associate Provost for Faculty and Administration
  • Associate Provost for Academic Programs
  • Assistant Provost for Assessment, Planning and Special Projects
  • Dean of the School of Business
  • Dean of the School of Education
  • Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Dean of the School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences
  • Dean of the School of Visual, Media and Performing Arts
  • Executive Assistant to the Provost
  • Chief Librarian/Executive Director of Academic Information Technologies
  • Director of the Performing Arts Complex and the Television Center
  • STAR Coordinator – Early College High School
  • Brooklyn College Academy

A distinguished educator and researcher in the biological sciences, Tramontano was formerly with Lehman College of the City University of New York, where he served as dean of natural and social sciences from 2003 to 2008. He also served as the acting provost and vice president for academic affairs during the 2006–07 academic year. Under his leadership, Lehman College initiated three new academic programs: Master of Social Work, Master of Public Health and Bachelor of Business Administration. He was also instrumental in the planning and design of Lehman’s new science facility.

Prior to Lehman College, Tramontano taught at Manhattan College from 1981 to 2003. From 1988 to 2002, he served as chairman of the Biology Department at Manhattan College/College of Mount Saint Vincent, where he also taught biology with the rank of full professor since 1991. In 2002, he received the Distinguished LaSallian Educator Award from Manhattan College. He helped to develop programs and funding to expand undergraduate offerings, and he co-authored and served as program director for two undergraduate biological sciences grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, which were used to develop undergraduate research programs. As a plant scientist, Tramontano has won grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Education and the Pew Foundation to support his research into the control of the cell cycle in legume roots, the distribution of vitamin E in plants and the development of new herbicides. He has published in numerous scientific journals, including Phytochemistry, the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Physiologia Plantarum and Environmental and Experimental Botany.

He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Sigma XI, the American Society of Plant Physiologists, the Council for Undergraduate Research and the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions. He served for many years as chairman of Manhattan College’s Division I Athletics Committee and is especially interested in the role of intercollegiate athletics.

A native of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, Tramontano holds a B.S. in biology from Manhattan College, an M.S. in biology from New York University and a Ph.D. from New York University with a major in physiology and a minor in cell biology. He attended the Jesuit Brooklyn Preparatory High School (also known as Brooklyn Prep), today the site of City University of New York’s Medgar Evers College.