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President Stanley Appointed to Highest Governance Body in NCAA
Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr.

STONY BROOK, NY, July 18, 2016 – Stony Brook University President  Samuel L. Stanley Jr., has been elected to serve on the  NCAA Board of Governors, the highest governance body in the NCAA, effective immediately through August 2018. The Board of Governors is composed of institutional chief executive officers that oversee Association-wide issues. The board is charged with ensuring that each division operates consistently with the basic purposes, fundamental policies and general principles of the Association. President Stanley will be one of  20 members on the Board of Governors.

"I feel honored to have been elected to serve on the NCAA Board of Governors," said President Stanley. "I look forward to working alongside leadership from all three NCAA divisions to discuss critical issues and to take action together to preserve and enhance student athlete success and well-being across the country.”

President Stanley was  appointed to a four year term on the  NCAA Division I Board of Directors in 2015, and as such is responsible for reviewing NCAA Division I academic requirements, financial aid, eligibility, rules infractions and other policies. The Division I Board represents nearly 350 NCAA Division I schools. His appointment to the NCAA Board of Governors runs concurrent with   his role on the NCAA Division I Board of Directors.

“I’m thrilled that President Stanley was selected for this coveted and critical role within the NCAA structure,” said America East Commissioner Amy Huchthausen. “The rise of the America East over the past few years is due in large measure to the values, principles and ideas for growth President Stanley has had at his institution and within our conference.”

President Stanley became the fifth president of  Stony Brook University in July 2009, taking the helm of one of the nation's top research institutions. One of just 62 members of the invitation-only Association of American Universities, Stony Brook is recognized for its innovative programs, groundbreaking discoveries and integration of research with undergraduate education.

The  Stony Brook Seawolves are the athletic teams of Stony Brook University. Stony Brook participates in the America East for all sports with the exception of football where it participates as an associate member of the  Colonial Athletic Association. The Seawolves currently field 20 varsity sports.

The NCAA was established to protect student-athletes and now oversees 89 championships in 23 sports. With nearly 350 colleges and universities in its membership, Division I schools field more than 6,000 athletic teams, providing opportunities for more than 170,000 student-athletes to compete in NCAA sports each year.  The America East provides its member schools and their athletic programs a platform upon which student-athletes can achieve both collegiate and life success through the promotion and nurturing of athletic excellence, academic achievement and leadership, on and off the field.


About Stony Brook University

Part of the State University of New York system, Stony Brook University encompasses 200 buildings on 1,450 acres. Since welcoming its first incoming class in 1957, the University has grown tremendously, now with more than 25,000 students and 2,500 faculty. Its membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) places Stony Brook among the top 62 research institutions in North America.  In 2016 the Center for World University Rankingsnames Stony Brook University among the top 1 percent in the world, ranking #154 among more than 25,000 degree-granting institutions of higher education worldwide. U.S. News & World Report ranks Stony Brook among the top 100 universities in the nation and top 40 public universities, and Kiplinger names it one of the 35 best values in public colleges. One of four University Center campuses in the SUNY system, Stony Brook co-manages Brookhaven National Laboratory, putting it in an elite group of universities that run federal research and development laboratories. A global ranking by U.S. News & World Report places Stony Brook in the top 1 percent of institutions worldwide.  It is one of only 10 universities nationwide recognized by the National Science Foundation for combining research with undergraduate education. As the largest single-site employer on Long Island, Stony Brook is a driving force of the regional economy, with an annual economic impact of $4.65 billion, generating nearly 60,000 jobs, and accounts for nearly 4 percent of all economic activity in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and roughly 7.5 percent of total jobs in Suffolk County.



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