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.
An Important Milestone
March 1, 2021
Dear members of the Stony Brook family:
One year ago, our school, community, and world were shaken by the coronavirus pandemic.
It was a period of great fear and anxiety; there was still so much we didn’t know
about this disease — from how it was transmitted to how to best protect ourselves,
from all its specific early symptoms to exactly what we’d call it.
But in the midst of these extraordinary times, the faculty and staff at Stony Brook
have given a truly extraordinary response. You stepped up to maintain our institution’s
mission. And now, at the start of March 2021, it is worth reflecting on all we have
accomplished together over the past 365 days.