As 2012 comes to a close, I am proud to announce that Stony Brook University has had an outstanding year. We announced a Cluster Hiring Initiative to recruit 100 faculty, part of Stony Brook's NYSUNY 2020
plan to hire more than 250 faculty members over the next five years, to expand teaching and research in emerging fields of study that cut across traditional boundaries of academic disciplines. And of course, who can forget our baseball team that shocked the world by defeating many of the traditional powerhouses to make it all the way to the College World Series.
In my annual State of the University Address in September, I highlighted many of Stony Brook's achievements. Among them:
- Stony Brook secured nearly $235 million in gifts in the past three fiscal years, including a historic $150 million donation from Jim and Marilyn Simons and the Simons Foundation.
- We admitted our best student class ever this year in terms of GPA and SAT scores.
- With the support of our elected officials, we worked to achieve passage of New York State's groundbreaking NYSUNY 2020 legislation, which provides $35 million in capital challenge grant funds.
- Planning has begun for the Medical and Research Translation building, which will house eight floors devoted to imaging, neurosciences and cancer research.
- The University realized cost savings of nearly $13 million annually through our Project 50 Forward Operational Excellence initiative.
- Stony Brook Athletics had a banner season in 2011-12 with nine conference titles, six national postseason appearances and a national champion in track and field, and we look forward to another stellar year.
I am pleased to share my State of the University Address with you. Stony Brook is an institution on the move, taking its place among the world's academic leaders.
Click below to read the address in its entirety.
Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.