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.
President McInnis Delivers Message About Free Speech and Civility
September 9, 2021
To the Campus Community,
One of the great joys of being part of a university community is experiencing the
energy, enthusiasm, and insights of those who passionately express their positions
on our diverse campus. This open exchange of ideas and perspectives is key to the
university experience, because it is one of the ways that we learn to think critically
and reconsider our basic assumptions. After more than a year of primarily virtual
engagement, the moment has come to remind ourselves of our responsibilities as a public
university to support academic freedom and freedom of expression.