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Wendy Pearson

wendy pearsonVice President for Strategic Initiatives
Wendy Pearson was appointed Vice President for Strategic Initiatives effective November 1, 2023.

Pearson will work in close partnership with campus leaders and partners to identify and advance Stony Brook’s institutional priorities, such as ensuring implementation and assessment of our recently completed strategic plan, taking the lead in developing an overall plan for our Southampton campus, and assisting in supporting our work as anchor institution for The New York Climate Exchange on Governors Island in New York City.

Pearson most recently served as the senior advisor to the provost at the University of Hawai’I at Manoa. Her responsibilities focused on advancing institutional priorities supporting accreditation, academic innovation, strategic planning, and other campus-wide initiatives. She successfully led the institution’s collaborative four-year effort that resulted in the maximum 10-year reaffirmation from the Senior College & University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Her leadership role in the university’s Strategic Investment Initiative, a campus-wide competition to foster cross-disciplinary collaboration, included solicitation and selection of proposals that awarded $3 million in start-up funds.

Pearson’s previous roles at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa include academic affairs program officer in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, where she managed academic program review and the development and modification of academic programs, and special projects manager for the School of Hawaiian, Asian and Pacific Studies. She also served as program coordinator in the Center for Peace & Conflict Studies/Detroit Council for World Affairs at Wayne State University where she coordinated curriculum development and Japan study tours for public school teachers.

Pearson earned her master's degree in Asian Studies (Japan) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa through a degree fellowship with the East-West Center and a bachelor of arts in journalism from Michigan State University.


Lorraine Rubino
Executive Assistant
Phone: 631-632-4385
310 Administration
Stony Brook, NY 11794-0701