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Welcome to Maurie McInnis

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Dear Stony Brook Community,

SUNY, like many colleges and universities around the country has moved its operations online to keep our students, faculty and staff safe, while doing our part in managing the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our work continues thanks to the efforts and creative thinking of our Stony Brook community who stepped up to ensure that our students continue to receive the terrific education they’ve come to expect. And just as our day to day business continues, our efforts to find our next President Stony Brook continued too.

In August of 2019, we launched an exhaustive national search and on behalf of the Stony Brook Presidential Search Committee, chaired by Kevin Law, I am delighted to announce the selection of  Maurie McInnis Ph.D. as our sixth President. Dr McInnis, currently the executive vice president and provost at the University of Texas – Austin was named President after a unanimous vote today by The State University of New York Board of Trustees, Chaired by Merryl H. Tisch.

We take this action because we believe that in doing so, we lay the foundation for the future when we emerge from this crisis, stronger, together (#SUNYTogether). 

This is an exciting moment for Stony Brook University, and I’m confident Dr. Maurie McInnis will take the university to even greater heights in achieving its unique role in fostering innovation, creativity and research that impacts the state, country and the world. Dr. McInnis’s scholarship that advances cross-disciplinary research, her extraordinary advocacy on the part of faculty excellence and her demonstrated excellence in fostering greater opportunities for students through higher education aligns perfectly with the mission of Stony Brook University.

I also want to thank Interim President Dr. Michael Bernstein. He accepted the role in August and continues to lead the Stony Brook campus in extraordinarily uncertain times. I am grateful for his leadership.

While the current COVID19 pandemic doesn’t allow us to be together to celebrate this terrific news, there will be a time soon when our community will be able to come together to welcome Dr. McInnis to our Stony Brook family.  

I would like to thank Kevin Law, the Chair of the Stony Brook Council, who led the search and his committee of outstanding faculty, students, staff and Council members for their hard work helping the SUNY Board of Trustees select the sixth president to lead Stony Brook University. 

Sincerely yours,

Kristina M. Johnson
SUNY Chancellor


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