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Appointment of Dr. Paul Goldbart as Provost

January 19, 2021

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Paul Goldbart, Dean of the College of Natural Sciences, Robert E. Boyer Chair, and Mary Ann Rankin Leadership Chair at The University of Texas at Austin, will become Stony Brook University’s next Executive Vice President and Provost, effective March 22, 2021. Dr. Goldbart rose to the top of a very competitive pool of candidates in a national search.

A theoretical physicist and scientific leader in the areas of quantum materials and soft condensed matter, Dr. Goldbart earned a BA in Physics and Theoretical Physics from Cambridge University. He earned an MS in Physics from UCLA, and a diploma in Mathematical Physics and a PhD in Physics from Imperial College London. His career includes appointments at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was assistant, associate and full professor, and played key roles in the graduate program and research growth; at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he served as department chair, and Dean of the College of Sciences; and at the University of Texas at Austin, where he serves as Dean of the College of Natural Sciences.

Dr. Goldbart is a passionate advocate for public research universities, which he describes as crucibles of human creativity, guardians of human capability, and places where students can discover who they are and how they can contribute to the world. In addition to being a prolific scholar, Paul is an award-winning educator who is committed to nurturing and inspiring high-caliber instruction and assessment. A visionary leader, he has demonstrated success in faculty development, curricular innovation, strategic planning, fundraising, public engagement, and diversity, equity and inclusion.

I am certain that Paul Goldbart will play an integral role in helping to elevate our performance and reputation as a leading public research university. As the chief academic officer, he will be responsible for oversight of the academic mission of the university, providing direct supervision for all academic units, support services and operations including enrollment management and student success, and coordinating all academic programs. The deans and directors of the colleges, schools, libraries, centers and institutes, including those in the Health Sciences Center related to non-clinical matters, will report to the Provost. Shifting the Health Sciences schools to the Provost for non-clinical matters will provide greater alignment in our research enterprise, enhance interdisciplinary education, and offer enhanced services to our students and faculty.

A renowned scientist, educator, and academic leader, I know that Paul is exactly the right provost for Stony Brook University. Paul exhibited great strategic vision as Dean, and he brings excellent experience in leading a large and complex college. He is an open and collaborative leader who is focused on building an inclusive and equitable environment for faculty, staff, and students. I’ve witnessed his ability to build and strengthen connections spanning disciplines. He is deeply committed to supporting faculty as they pursue their scholarly ambitions and their work as educators; his focus on these efforts will be a tremendous benefit for the university community.

I am so pleased to welcome a leader of Paul Goldbart’s caliber to our Stony Brook University community. I know you will join me in welcoming him to the campus when he joins us in March.


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Maurie McInnis