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.
Responding as a Community
A Message from President McInnis and Provost Goldbart
April 16, 2021
As our country awaits a verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer
Derek Chauvin, we know that many in our community are on edge. Last summer, George
Floyd's death elevated awareness of systematic racism and inequity in our country,
and the need for policing and judicial reform. The past year has seen the expanded
mobilization of a critical social movement demanding equality, accountability and
a reevaluation of a judicial system that has a long history of inequitable outcomes.
We have seen weeks and months of incredible grief, and moments of inspiring hope and
action for broad cultural change.