Honorary Degrees: 2013-2014 Call for Nominations

To All Faculty, Staff and Students,

The Committee on Honorary Degrees will begin its work leading to the recommendation of candidates for SUNY Honorary Degrees to be awarded in 2014.

The chair of the committee is Dr. Charles Taber, Interim Dean of the Graduate School.

We invite nominations from the University community, especially students, and we would like to see each division and department involved in the process of generating nominations. The purposes of honorary degrees awarded by the State University of New York are:

  • To recognize excellence in the fields of public affairs, the sciences, humanities and the arts, scholarship and education, business and philanthropy, and social services, which exemplify the mission and purposes of the State University of New York;
  • To honor meritorious and outstanding service to the University, the State of New York, the United States, or to humanity at large;
  • To recognize persons whose lives serve as examples of the University's aspirations for its students.

The honorary doctorate is the highest form of recognition offered by the University. We would like nominations that reflect the diversity that exists on our campus. We also prefer to honor people who are still active and to whom we are among the first to offer this recognition. The SUNY Board of Trustees prefers nominees to have a connection with SUNY and the nominating campus.

We must ask, however, that you do all you can to ensure that confidentiality is maintained and that you do not contact nominees nor in any way communicate to them that they are being considered for an honorary degree. Please also note that since this degree is awarded by the State University of New York, a recipient of an honorary degree from one SUNY campus is not eligible for a degree from another.

TO NOMINATE SOMEONE: Please submit a one-page summary about the nominee, identifying the nominee by name, title, present position, and/or profession. The remainder of the page should summarize the nominee's most important achievements and the relevance of these achievements to Stony Brook's mission.

Nominations should be sent to Rayna Simon at the Graduate School, Zip=4433 or by email at rayna.simon@stonybrook.edu. The deadline for submission is Monday, April 8, 2013.

To obtain further information, a complete list of past SUNY or Stony Brook honorary degree recipients, or a set of the guidelines adopted by the Board of Trustees, please contact Rayna at 632-7041.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD