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State of the University

By tradition, each year the president addresses the assembled University community. The annual State of the University Address summarizes the events and accomplishments of the previous year while looking forward to future goals and challenges.

 

2019 State of the University Address

Wednesday, October 16, 2019, Staller Center for the Arts

Praising Stony Brook University as “an elite — but not elitist — institution,” Interim President Michael Bernstein delivered the annual State of the University Address on Wednesday, October 16, on Staller Center’s Main Stage.

“We are well poised to do cutting-edge research, scholarship, and art-making in all areas of concern in our world precisely because of who we are,” Dr. Bernstein said.

“Our university demonstrates, not only the best of what American higher education has to offer, but the array, and indeed the total 360-degree richness, of what American higher education has to offer,” he said. “That is part of our mission, our legacy, and indeed: it’s our story.”

Praising Stony Brook University as “an elite — but not elitist — institution,” Interim President Michael Bernstein delivered the annual State of the University Address on Wednesday, October 16, on Staller Center’s Main Stage.

“We are well poised to do cutting-edge research, scholarship, and art-making in all areas of concern in our world precisely because of who we are,” Dr. Bernstein said.

“Our university demonstrates, not only the best of what American higher education has to offer, but the array, and indeed the total 360-degree richness, of what American higher education has to offer,” he said. “That is part of our mission, our legacy, and indeed: it’s our story.”

“We are committed to diversity and inclusive excellence, first and foremost because we are committed to equity and fairness,” he said. “We resolutely believe — as scholars, as scientists, as educators, as artists — that a diverse and inclusive population generates optimal results.”

In light of inclusiveness, the Interim President took note of International Pronouns Day.

My pronouns are he/him/his,“ he said, marking the observance as “a day to respect, share and educate about personal pronouns.”

Bernstein painted an optimistic picture of the University’s budget situation, noting progress made in stabilizing the budget despite the pressures, challenges and difficulties required to enhance revenue and control costs . He identified budget priorities including diversity and inclusion initiatives, student success, growth in research, scholarship, and art-making, and institutional efficiency and effectiveness.

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“We will invest in our students, we will invest in our faculty, we will invest with a view toward sustaining and strengthening diversity and inclusion across our organization,” he said.

Bernstein highlighted the University’s recent national rankings and recognition, including its designation by the Wall Street Journal as the No. 1 public university in New York State.

As is customary at the State of the University, the President welcomed newly hired faculty and congratulated new members of the leadership team. He also listed an impressive roster of prestigious awards and honors granted to faculty and students during the previous year, such as Heather Lynch’s Blavatnik Award, Peter van Nieuwenhuizen’s Breakthrough Prize, Il Memming Park’s Discovery Prize, and a record 10 Fulbright scholars among the student body.

In conclusion Bernstein reflected on the university’s historical roots, highlighting the centrality of public higher education to American history and the critical importance of interdisciplinary endeavors to address global issues.

“We’re Stony Brook University, and the operative word there is universe,” he said.

View the 2019 address in its entirety >

 

Past Videos:

2018 State of the University
2017 State of the University
2016 State of the University
2015 State of the University
2014 State of the University