Vice President for Government and Community Relations
Elaine M. Crosson, JD, was appointed Stony Brook University’s first Vice President for External Relations in February 2011 and in January 2015 was named VP for Government and Community Relations. Ms. Crosson is the University’s primary liaison for state and federal legislative matters, and oversees the offices of Community Relations and Government Relations. She reports directly to the President and works closely with the other Vice Presidents and Deans.
On joining the University, Ms. Crosson agreed to take on the additional charge of directing the University’s communications operations. In this capacity she also oversaw the offices of Communications and Media Relations. Following the hiring of a newly created VP for Communications in 2015, Ms. Crosson is now free to focus exclusively on key legislative initiatives and community outreach.
Since joining Stony Brook University, Ms. Crosson:
- Led the University’s advocacy efforts in support of NY SUNY2020
- Spearheaded the University’s re-branding efforts
- Secured state/federal funding for the University and Stony Brook Medicine
- Negotiated a new use permit between the University and a community soccer organization
- Expanded and improved the University’s web and social media presence
- Re-launched Stony Brook University Magazine (formerly known as “The Brook”)
In recognition of her efforts, Ms. Crosson was awarded the “2013 WOLFIE Award” for her support of the SBU Athletics Program and the Outstanding Service Award from the Undergraduate Student Government and Sports Club Council for her successful negotiation for new student soccer fields.
Ms. Crosson holds a BA from St. John’s University and a JD from Albany Law School, Union University. She began her career in 1980 as a legislative aide in the New York State Legislature. Following graduation from law school, Ms. Crosson held two positions in the New York State Court System including Legislative Counsel for the Office of Court Administration and Principal Law Clerk to a Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals. Upon conclusion of her clerkship, Ms. Crosson held various legal positions in private practice and also served as a Magistrate in Suffolk County Family Court. She served as General Counsel to the Interest of Lawyer Account Fund (IOLA), which funds civil legal services for the poor. Just prior to joining Stony Brook University in 2011, Ms. Crosson served for 12 years in the Counsel’s Office at Long Island University rising to the position of General Counsel and Vice President for Legal Affairs.