STONY BROOK, NY, February 25, 2013 – Stony Brook University President, Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, was one of eight Long Island men honored by Networking Magazine at the 12th Annual David Awards breakfast held last month at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, NY. The award is named for the biblical David, the giant slayer, who represents the ideal “Renaissance Man” memorialized by Michelangelo’s 16th century masterpiece. Networking Magazine, a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise, reaches leaders across Long Island, supports women’s business interests and publicizes their achievements. Each January, the magazine honors men at the David Awards, recognizing each recipient’s professional achievements, humanitarianism and service to the Long Island community.
Introduced at the event by Stony Brook University Sr. Vice President for Administration, Barbara Chernow, Dr. Stanley was recognized for his role as leading “one of the nation’s most prestigious research institutions” and bringing “a broad-based, unique knowledge of research and education to Stony Brook University, Stony Brook Medicine and the Hospital.”
“I am grateful to Networking Magazine for the honor of being named a David Award recipient,” said Dr. Stanley. “I accept this award on behalf of the entire University - the faculty, students and staff that have been instrumental in continuing our upward trajectory toward becoming one of the nation’s top-tier research institutions. This is a great time to be at Stony Brook University and share in the exciting journey of research, education and discovery.”
Since taking the helm of the University in 2009, Dr. Stanley has focused on administrative efficiencies, philanthropy and melding the education and research programs. “Under his leadership, Project 50 Forward, which focuses on operational excellence, academic greatness and building for the future, has reduced administrative and facility costs, realizing a savings of more than $12 million in the first year,” stated his profile in Networking Magazine.
The magazine also cited his service on the SUNY Strategic Plan Steering Committee and his championing of the statewide SUNY2020 Initiative that provides stabilization of tuition and tuition assistance to economically disadvantaged TAP students. “Under the initiative, Stony Brook formulated a long-term development plan and received an Academic Excellence Challenge Grant that will allow the University to hire over 240 new faculty to reduce the student-to-faculty ratio and bring in grant dollars for research.”
During his time as president, philanthropic giving has increased and resulted in the most gifts ever received in a three-year period in Stony Brook’s history, including 36 gifts of more than $1 million, including the $150 million gift from Jim and Marilyn Simons and the Simons Foundation. It’s the largest gift ever to Stony Brook University and to public higher education in the New York State, and is among the top 10 gifts to any public college or university in America. “This, and other gifts, has been transformational for us,” said Dr. Stanley.
Additionally, Dr. Stanley and his wife, Ellen Li, MD, PhD, have established the Ellen Li and Samuel L. Stanley Jr. Endowed Scholarship in the School of Medicine to help support economically disadvantaged students who have received their undergraduate degree through Stony Brook’s Educational Opportunity Program/Advancement on Individual Merit (EOP/AIM). This $125,000 merit-based scholarship will have double the impact due to a match by the Simons Foundation.
Networking Magazine also recognized Dr. Stanley’s various service to the community, state and nation on various boards, including: the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council (Chair, Innovation Working Group); Board of Trustees of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (Member); Brookhaven Science Associates (Co-Chair), which manages Brookhaven National Laboratory; National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (Chair); and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (Member). Dr. Stanley is also a member of the NIH Advisory Council on Allergy and Infectious Diseases; the boards of the SUNY Research Foundation, Goodwill Industries of Greater NY and NJ, and the Long Island Association. He advocates for research funding from government and non-profit sources; and serves as an ambassador for the Paul G. Rogers Society for Global Health Research.
Previous David Award winners from Stony Brook University include, Dr. Steven Strongwater, Former CEO, Stony Brook University Hospital (2010); Dr. Yacov Shamash, Vice President for Economic Development and Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (2009); and Dr. Aldustus Jordan, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Stony Brook Medicine (2007).
Photo caption: David Award honoree Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, President, Stony Brook University, with (left) Christine Conniff Sheahan, Founder, Publisher & CEO of Networking Magazine and presenter Barbara Chernow, Senior Vice President for Administration, Stony Brook University. (Photo credit: Miranda Gatewood, Networking Magazine).