Stony Brook University Southampton

Message from President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD


Sam StanleyI am proud to celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of the region’s enduring symbols of education and opportunity – the Southampton campus.


Southampton occupies a unique niche as an institution because it serves not only students and scholars at all levels, but a great influx of visitors and community members year round. Since 1963 it has been an oceanfront educational institution, a marine science laboratory, an incubator for the arts and an essential part of the fabric of East End life. Tennessee Williams once rented the Southampton windmill for the summer season while visiting his friend, the well-known artist Larry Rivers. The campus continues to inspire artists, writers and filmmakers who come here to hone their skills. Marine scientists and students use the Atlantic Ocean as their outdoor classroom. Audiences come to be entertained and inspired by musical performances, plays and readings.


Highlights of the 50th anniversary celebration include the designation of the 300-year-old windmill as a Literary Landmark, numerous Writers Speak events, Southampton Arts summer programs, and the grand opening of the Marine Sciences Center.


After 50 years, Southampton continues to be a rich resource for the region, connecting us to our land, history and culture. Please join us at the Southampton campus, where education and opportunity are alive and well.




Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD

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