I am very excited and proud to join the Stony Brook community as your sixth president.
Stony Brook’s reputation as a university simultaneously dedicated to the success of
its diverse student body and to making the world a better place through cutting-edge
research is well-known.
Since I was named as the next president, I have gotten to know the community in a
way that I would not have otherwise. I am moved by the indefatigable dedication to
serving our community, especially during the COVID-19 crisis, and share what I have
come to see as your unwavering commitment to working together to create a just, humane,
and equitable campus.
The Power of Education to Unite and Heal
January 7, 2021
Dear Stony Brook University community,
As our community and nation reckon with the rioting and chaos that besieged the United
States Capitol Building yesterday, we are naturally experiencing a combination of
shock, fear, disgust, and anger. Instead of a day intended to mark the peaceful transfer
of power, we witnessed a day when the United States Capitol was violently assaulted
and civic duty halted. Like many of you, I watched in horror as the symbolic heart
of democracy was attacked by a hatred and rage that is antithetical to what we aspire
to be as a nation.