Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
Dr. Matthew Whelan is Vice President for Strategic Initiatives. In this newly created position, Dr. Whelan will serve as an advisor to the President in the areas of long term policy and strategic initiatives. He will identify institutional priorities, facilitate planning and take the lead in identifying and facilitating cross-functional academic initiatives at Stony Brook. He will oversee the Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Effectiveness and reports directly to the President. Dr. Whelan was most recently the Associate Provost for Enrollment and Retention Management at Stony Brook.
Dr. Whelan has spent the last 24 years working in key positions in college admissions, financial aid and enrollment management. He joined Stony Brook in 2006 after serving in key positions at St. John's and Hofstra respectively where he was notably successful in advancing goals for enrollment and admissions in the areas of applicant quality and yield by implementing more efficient processes and systems, something he has also accomplished here at Stony Brook.
He has presented at local, regional and national meetings on issues of enrollment planning, strategy and team building and recently presented a paper at the International Leadership Association on academic turnaround and presidential leadership.