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Academic Affairs Leadership Transition

September 2, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

I write to share with you that Michael Bernstein has informed me that he will step down as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs on October 1, 2020. I want to acknowledge and celebrate all that Michael has meant to our University community, providing exemplary leadership during critical moments over the last several years.

From 2016 through 2019, when Michael initially served as Provost, he spearheaded key initiatives, including successful stewardship of the University’s reaccreditation, stabilization of the Academic Affairs budget and successful recruitment for several key academic leadership positions. During his tenure, the University improved services for international students, enhanced efforts to diversify the student body and increased undergraduate retention and graduation rates.

In August 2019, after President Stanley announced his departure, Michael answered the call of the SUNY Board of Trustees to serve as Stony Brook’s Interim President. During the leadership transition and onset of the global pandemic, Michael’s steady hand helped the University and Stony Brook Medicine effectively adapt to rapid changes and respond to the health crisis. His efforts were crucial to our planning for the launch of the fall semester during an uncertain and challenging time. I am personally grateful for Michael’s willingness to return to the Provost position as I began my own onboarding process.

In a future communication, I will announce the appointment of an Interim Provost, who will serve in the role until a permanent Provost has been selected.

Please join me in thanking Michael for his many contributions and steadfast commitment to our University.


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Maurie McInnis, PhD