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The Stony Brook University community came together on October 23, 2009, to celebrate the inauguration of President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD. Dr. Stanley became only the fifth president in the University’s history, a 50-year span that has seen Stony Brook take its place among America’s most dynamic public universities, becoming an essential part of the region’s economy and a center of cultural excellence.

Inauguration Week was a multifaceted celebration of the University and its contributions to the region and the world. Focusing on the theme "Research, Education, Discovery," Inauguration Week included academic symposia, musical performances, a football game, and special student activities including the student inaugural ball.

In his inaugural address, Dr. Stanley looked toward a vital future for the University and surrounding community: "We are young and vibrant, and we stand for all that is best about public universities—we are a home for research and innovation, a center for learning and scholarship, a champion of the arts, a center for outstanding and compassionate health care, and an engine for economic development and the creator of a pathway for upward mobility for the best and brightest and most diverse students."

Read Dr. Stanley's inaugural address »

A record of President Stanley's inauguration and surrounding festivities, including video and photo galleries, is preserved on the Web here.

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