“We have continued to raise the bar of academic quality, and the reputation of this great institution on a worldwide scale, during some of the most challenging times in this University’s history….”
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Delivered at University Convocation, September 15, 2010
Samuel L. Stanley, Jr. , PresidentGood afternoon. I’m delighted to welcome each of you to our annual University Convocation. This is, indeed, a special occasion for me in that it not only provides an opportunity to share with our University community where we are as an institution, but also a chance to welcome our new faculty and to wish each of you the very best as we begin a new academic year.
Having completed my first full year as President on July 1, I am prouder than ever to be affiliated with Stony Brook University and its amazing faculty, staff, and students. The fact that we have continued to raise the bar of academic quality, and the reputation of this great institution on a worldwide scale during some of the most challenging times in this University’s history, is nothing short of extraordinary.
But, keep in mind, the greatness that you will hear me talk about today would not be possible without your dedicated efforts and the value that you place on professional and academic excellence and superior service to our students and our community.
Recognition of New Faculty
Before I share with you the highs and lows of this past year and give you a glimpse of where we are going in the coming year, I would like to take a moment to recognize the 61 new faculty members who have joined us this year.
We want you to know that we are excited about what you will contribute to our University and our community and wish you a long and successful career here at Stony Brook. You have joined a University family of some 14,500 faculty and staff members. And while you know about our academic excellence and commitment to education and scholarship throughout our academic operations, the Stony Brook University Medical Center, the Long Island State Veterans Home, and our Arts and Athletics programs are a key component in the quality of life for this region. And Stony Brook is a driving force in Long Island’s economy, responsible for $4.6 billion in economic impact annually.
To all of you, welcome aboard!
Recognition of New Administrators
Before I continue, let me also briefly recognize a few other individuals who have recently been added to our ranks and have already started making a positive impact in their new roles here at the University: