Dear Faculty, Students and Staff,
This past year has been extraordinary for Stony Brook University. We have more world-class faculty and high-achieving students than ever before, and we remain among the top 1 percent of the world's universities, as reported by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Our campus is unbounded, and so are our aspirations: We raised $318 million during the past four years, compared with $236 million for the highest previous four-year period, and average SAT scores of our enrolled freshmen continue to climb, increasing from 1176 in Fall 2008 to 1244 for Fall 2013. What's more, we are one of the top 35 public universities, according to U.S.News & World Report. I could not be more proud.
As 2013 draws to a close, I would like to share some highlights from my annual State of the University Address, which was delivered on September 25:
- Stony Brook is playing a critical role in the new Start-Up NY program, which turns our campuses and the Research and Development Park into tax-free zones for selected start-up companies.
- Our investment in new technology includes the recent acquisition of one of the first PET/MRI scanners in the country.
- We are emphasizing our commitment to economically disadvantaged students by allocating $1 million to the Educational Opportunity Program.
- Stony Brook is supporting outstanding graduate students from historically underrepresented backgrounds through a $250,000 award to the Turner Fellowship program.
- We established the first Children's Defense Fund Freedom School on Long Island.
- Stony Brook has committed $1 million to establish a fund to support scholarship in the humanities, social sciences and arts.
- We are focusing institutional resources on three unique initiatives: the Songdo Global Campus in South Korea, the Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya and the Global Health Institute in Madagascar.
The state of Stony Brook University remains strong and I am pleased to share my address with you. We are an institution on an upward trajectory, poised to take its place among the world's academic leaders.
Click here to read the address in its entirety.
Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.