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Message to the Campus Community

To All Faculty and Staff,

We write to share the news that Deborah Lowen-Klein will serve as the Interim Vice President for Advancement effective July 15, 2019.  With more than 11 years of experience at Stony Brook, Deborah is a superb choice to lead the Advancement team at this time. Her leadership was essential  as Associate Vice President for Charitable Giving during the historic $630.7 million Campaign for Stony Brook.

Arriving at Stony Brook in 2008, Deborah served as the Senior Director for Development for Stony Brook Southampton. In 2010, she was promoted to Assistant Vice President for Advancement and again was recognized for her achievements in 2016 when she was promoted to Associate Vice President for Charitable Giving. Deborah has personally raised more than $46.7 million for Stony Brook, including eight endowed chairs and professorships, notably the Deng Wei/C.N. Yang Chair of Theoretical Physics, the Eugene and Clare Thaw Chair of Modern American Art and the Marinetics Professorship of Marine Science.

As Associate Vice President,  Deborah led a team of 11 fundraisers and staff responsible for an annual goal of over $14 million.  She also created and runs the highly successful Women’s Leadership Council, which brings together many of Stony Brook’s most influential women alumnae and friends to mentor dozens (a total of 41 to date) of the University’s most talented and promising young women. Prior to joining Stony Brook in 2008, Deborah was a fundraiser at Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic for 19 years, earning the title of Director of Development. Deborah received her bachelor’s degree (AB) from Brandeis University and her MSW and MBA from the University at Buffalo.

We are fortunate that Deborah has the experience, outstanding fundraising acumen, support of the staff and institutional know-how to ensure the Advancement team continues to meet and exceed expectations.


Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.

Dr. Michael A. Bernstein
Interim President Designee