Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, has accepted an appointment to a three-year term on the Board of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), a Washington, D.C.-based research and advocacy organization of public research universities, land-grant institutions and state university systems.
As the nation’s oldest higher education association, APLU is dedicated to excellence in learning, discovery and engagement. Member campuses enroll more than 3.6 million undergraduate and 1.1 million graduate students, employ more than 670,000 faculty and administrators, and conduct nearly two-thirds of all university-based research, totaling more than $34 billion annually. Under APLU’s bylaws, representatives from the association’s councils and commissions, six president/chancellor representatives, and five elected officers constitute the board.
“I look forward to serving as a board member for the APLU,” said President Stanley. “Public higher education is at a crossroads right now, facing major funding issues, calls for greater accountability and improving student completion, and the challenges and opportunities coming with online education. I hope to contribute insight and ideas based on Stony Brook’s position as a University Center within SUNY — the largest single State system in the country – and Stony Brook’s longstanding commitment to STEM education, diversity and access to excellence. It is an honor to be asked to serve APLU during these challenging times.”
“Samuel Stanley’s appointment to the APLU board comes at a critical time for public research universities,” said APLU President Peter McPherson. “Dr. Stanley is a distinguished biomedical researcher, research administrator and now university president. His experience and perspective will be critical as the APLU Board and its members deal with the ramifications of the coming changes to the federal budget and the many changes underway in higher education.