Dr. John H. Marburger III Resigns as VP for Research


It is with great regret that I must share with you that Dr. John H. Marburger, III, has officially stepped down from his post as Vice President for Research due to ill health. His retirement, effective June 30, 2011, comes after serving for a year and a half in this position.

Although Jack Marburger's tenure as Vice President was brief, he did an outstanding job in using his broad background in research administration and research policy to lay a solid foundation upon which Stony Brook can continue to move toward its goal of becoming one of the nation's top 20 public research universities.

We are fortunate in that Nancy Daneau, who serves as Deputy and Chief Operating Officer for the OVPR and Assistant Vice President for Research Development, Assessment, and Sponsored Programs, has agreed to keep the general operations of the office moving forward in the days ahead. With Nancy's assistance, and the efforts of a very capable office staff, I am confident that we will be able to continue the great progress that Jack started.

Having served as Stony Brook's third president, Jack's deep devotion for this University has remained constant, even throughout his recent bout with severe illness. In support of his continued concerns regarding the well being of our research enterprise and because of my prior experience in research administration, I have assured Jack that I will personally take on an increased role in providing general guidance and executive oversight for the Office until an interim appointment is made, which may take a few weeks. Ultimately, we will engage in a national search for his replacement, a process that will begin with the establishment of a highly-qualified, broad-based search committee of University stakeholders.

Words cannot express my genuine gratitude to Jack for his wisdom and friendship or for the support and service that he has rendered to Stony Brook University and the research community since he came to Long Island more than 30 years ago. Along with having spent 13 years as President of SBU, he served as director of Brookhaven National Lab for three years, Science Advisor to President George W. Bush, and Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy for eight years.

I ask your continued support for Jack and his family during these very difficult days. Stony Brook University is truly a much better institution because of his dedication to research, teaching and service, and we remain inspired by the lingering presence of his always effervescent personality and his continued thoughts for the ongoing success of this institution.

Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.