STONY BROOK, NY, October 7, 2009 – In honor of the inauguration of Dr. Samuel L. Stanley Jr. as its fifth president, Stony Brook University is hosting an eight-day celebration on both the Stony Brook and Southampton campuses. The festivities surrounding the investiture of Dr. Stanley, a pre-eminent physician, scientist and administrator, gets underway on Wednesday, October 21, 2009, and continue through to Wednesday, October, 28. 2009.
Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr.
In keeping with its mission as a strong Long Island community partner, many of the 41 scheduled activities for the Inaugural jubilee are open to the public, sharing the university’s depth as a leader in higher education. Dr. Stanley’s intent is for the week-long celebration in his honor to inspire the faculty, student body, and local Long Island community to come together in the spirit of the inaugural theme, “The Power of Stony Brook: Research – Education-Discovery.” Simply put, as a public institution Stony Brook University dedicates itself to providing the campus community and the region with the opportunity to experience the Power of Stony Brook.
As he charged committee members who worked on compiling the series of events on the Presidential Inaugural events calendar, Dr. Stanley had three primary requirements: highlight our students, faculty and staff in as many areas as possible; appropriate use of resources to keep costs down; and design it so the community is welcome to enjoy and experience everything that Stony Brook has to offer.
Among the exciting events that are open to the community – an International Health Symposium; a Community Service Forum, during which there will be an opportunity to “Ask President Stanley” questions; a lecture series given by a number of distinguished Stony Brook faculty; informative research discussions led by graduate students; readings and panel discussions with well-known authors; “Communiversity Day,” which coincides with Family Weekend and a Seawolves football game; and, a showcase featuring a diverse array of premiere Stony Brook musicians including three members of the esteemed Emerson String Quartet.
Every Stony Brook University President has had a vision for the University, and Dr. Stanley has a clear focus of what he hopes to achieve at Stony Brook: advance the Stony Brook mission – Research, Education, Discovery – as it applies to all disciplines at the University. And within that objective, Dr. Stanley plans to elevate Stony Brook’s reputation as a top research institution, an initiative that will be enhanced by the school’s partnership with Brookhaven National Lab, and an association with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
• Dr. Stanley follows in the footsteps of former Stony Brook presidents, who helped build the university into a revered center of higher learning and an excellent community partner.
• Dr. Shirley Strum Kenny, who retired in June 2009 after a successful 15-year period at the helm of Stony Brook. She worked arduously to improve the university’s prominence as a top-notch educational and research institution securing the coveted designation as one of 62 in the AAU, as well as establishing its place within the Long Island community.
• Dr. John H. Marburger III, who preceded Dr. Kenny and it was under his 14-year tenure that University Hospital opened. Dr. Marburger also put Stony Brook on the map as an emerging school to study the biological sciences.
• Dr. John S. Toll was the second president of Stony Brook and his legacy was to grow the school from only 1,800 co-eds to 17,000 students, hiring famed educators as professors, and increasing the areas of study from arts and sciences and engineering, to include departments in public affairs, medicine, dentistry, nursing, allied health professions, basic health sciences, and social work.
• Dr. John Lee briefly held the position as Stony Brook’s first president from January to November 1961. He was appointed to start the process of the school going from its roots as a science and engineering college to becoming a full-blown university complete with graduate studies. It was under Dr. Lee that Stony Brook graduated its first class of 25 students.