I am writing to inform the campus community that a dedicated and valued leader at Stony Brook University will be leaving us. Dr. Jerrold Stein, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students has informed me of his intent to retire this summer, after 38 years at Stony Brook.
Jerry has worn many hats in his nearly four decades here and has been AVP for Student Affairs since 2006; Dean of Students since 2002. In this position, and all others he has held, he instilled a warm, supporting and caring campus climate while serving on my senior administrative team. Prior to taking on the role of Associate VP and Dean of Students, Jerry served for 25 years in the Division of Campus Residences where his last appointment was the Dean and Director of Residential Education. Jerry held a clinical faculty appointment in the School of Social Welfare at Stony Brook and was one of the founding members of SSW’s Student Community Development Specialization. He currently serves as a faculty member in the Higher Education Master’s Program, where he will continue to teach.
Jerry has been a beloved Dean of Students, and his contributions to our campus community will resonate for years to come. He coined the now popular and ubiquitous phrase, “What’s a Seawolf? I’m a Seawolf;” under his leadership “The Spirit of Stony Brook” marching band was founded and grew tenfold from 17 members to its current 200+; student clubs grew from 180 to nearly 370; the Red Watch Band initiative took shape under his direction; he spearheaded the “Community Pledge” initiative; he was part of the committee that conceived the concept and implementation of Undergraduate Colleges, and so much more.
We will miss Jerry in his capacity as AVP and Dean of Students, but his mark on this campus will endure. He has promised to stay on to ensure a smooth transition, after which he will stay connected to Stony Brook in a limited, but meaningful capacity to be determined in the coming months.
In the meantime, Peter Baigent, Vice President for Student Affairs will facilitate a national search for a new AVP for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. Let us all express our well wishes to Jerry as he transitions into the next wonderful new phase of his life.
Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.