Maurie McInnis is the sixth president of Stony Brook University, an internationally recognized public research institution and center of academic excellence designated as a flagship university in New York State and ranked as the number one public university in the state under her leadership.
Appointed in July 2020, President McInnis also oversees Stony Brook Medicine, Long Island’s premier academic medical center, which encompasses five health sciences schools, four hospitals, and 200 community-based healthcare settings. She is a key player in furthering economic development on Long Island and in Stony Brook’s role as part of the management team of nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy facility.
A renowned cultural historian and author, President McInnis’ academic scholarship has focused on race, slavery, and power in the 19th century American South. She brings to Stony Brook her humanist values , among them her conviction that institutes of higher learning should use their expertise and influence to address major societal problems. As such, she is deeply committed to the mission of public research universities.
The Office of the Provost carries responsibility for the academic mission of the west campus, providing direct supervision for all academic units, support services and operations, and coordinating all academic programs. The Deans and Directors of the Colleges, Schools, Libraries, Centers and Institutes, other than those in the Health Science Center, report to the Provost. The Provost acts on behalf of the President in the absence of the President. The Provost works closely with the Dean of the Medical School/Vice President of the Health Sciences Center and the Vice President for Research in academic and research issues that concern the University as a whole.
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The Stony Brook Council serves as an oversight and advisory body to the campus and to Stony Brook’s president and senior officers. In accordance with New York State Education Law, The Council comprises ten members; nine who are appointed to seven-year terms by the governor of the State of New York, and one student member elected in alternating years from among the campus’ undergraduate and graduate students.