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Three Senior Administrators Appointed to New Roles At Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, New York, May 22, 2017 – Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, announced today that he is appointing Richard J. Reeder as Vice President for Research and Operations Manager for the Research Foundation at Stony Brook University, and promoting both Judith B. Greiman and Melissa Z.Y. Woo to the role of Senior Vice President.

Dr. Richard J. Reeder

In his role as Vice President for Research and Operations Manager for the Research Foundation at Stony Brook University, Reeder will oversee the Stony Brook research enterprise. Dr. Reeder served as the interim Vice President for Research since July 2016. At Stony Brook for nearly four decades, Reeder joined the Geosciences Department as a faculty member in 1980, where he served as Deputy Chair before being appointed Chair in 2008. From 2002-2012 he served as Director of the National Science Foundation-supported Center for Environmental Molecular Science. He also served as Chair of the national user group, EnviroSync, which promotes application of synchrotron X-ray methods to environmental sciences.

As a researcher, Reeder made extensive use of experimental beamlines at synchrotron facilities throughout the United States and participated in development of beamlines at NSLS and NSLS II at Brookhaven National Laboratory. He is a founding member of Stony Brook’s Consortium for Interdisciplinary Environmental Research (CIDER). In 2014, Reeder led the team that, in partnership with Battelle, worked on the application which resulted in the successful renewal of the management contract of Brookhaven National Lab. In 2015 he was appointed Associate Vice President for Brookhaven Affairs.

Reeder received his BS in Geology from the University of Illinois, and his MA and PhD in Geology and Geophysics from the University of California, Berkeley. He was associate editor, and later editor of the peer-reviewed journal American Mineralogist, as well as editor of several review books. He has authored more than 120 articles and book chapters.

Judith B. Greiman

Judith Greiman’s promotion to Senior Vice President for Government and Community Relations and Chief Deputy to the President follows several successful years as Vice President for Government and Community Relations/Chief Deputy to the President. While at Stony Brook, Greiman took on the oversight and implementation responsibility of several key areas and presidential initiatives including the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity and the recent appointment of Stony Brook’s first Chief Diversity Officer, Lee Bitsoi; Stony Brook’s  Plan for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity ; Stony Brook engaging as a 10X10X10 University Impact Champion in the UN Women’s HeForShe Movement; and, Stony Brook’s initiative to become a tobacco free campus. In this role she will continue to work closely with the SUNY legislative affairs office and with elected representatives to address higher education issues and opportunities locally, in Albany and in Washington D.C., related to both the main academic programs and the annual budget process. She will also continue to engage with the University's surrounding communities, enhancing existing programs and creating new ones, that help reinforce Stony Brook’s ongoing relationship as a trusted community partner.

Melissa Z. Y. Woo

As Senior Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, Melissa Woo will continue to lead one of the University’s rapidly changing departments. Woo’s credentials and her recent success leading the way to Stony Brook University becoming the first higher education institution in New York State to offer a 100 gigabit-per-second (Gbps) connection to the  NYSERNet and Internet 2 network, speak to her outstanding ability to implement complex IT projects for the University. In her new role, Woo will take on responsibility for aiding in research computing and Teaching and Learning Technology (TLT) for Stony Brook University as a whole, including Stony Brook Medicine.

As Stony Brook continues to gain momentum as one of America’s most dynamic public universities, a center of academic excellence and an internationally recognized research institution, there comes a time to reflect upon and recognize those who work diligently behind the administrative scenes,” said President Stanley. “Rich, Judy and Melissa have demonstrated to be true leaders, making a real difference at the University. I look forward to continuing our work together in pursuit of the big ideas that will impact the University.”


About Stony Brook University
Stony Brook University is going beyond the expectations of what today’s public universities can accomplish. Since its founding in 1957, this young university has grown to become one of only four University Center campuses in the State University of New York (SUNY) system with more than 25,700 students, 2,500 faculty members, and 18 NCAA Division I athletic programs. Our faculty have earned numerous prestigious awards, including the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Indianapolis Prize for animal conservation, Abel Prize and the inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. The University offers students an elite education with an outstanding return on investment: U.S. News & World Report ranks Stony Brook among the top 40 public universities in the nation. Its membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU) places Stony Brook among the top 62 research institutions in North America. As part of the management team of Brookhaven National Laboratory, the University joins a prestigious group of universities that have a role in running federal R&D labs. Stony Brook University is a driving force in the region’s economy, generating nearly 60,000 jobs and an annual economic impact of $4.65 billion. Our state, country and world demand ambitious ideas, imaginative solutions and exceptional leadership to forge a better future for all. The students, alumni, researchers and faculty of Stony Brook University are prepared to meet this challenge.



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