STONY BROOK, NY, January 10, 2008 – On January 9, 2008, New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer issued the second State of the State address of his administration. The theme of his remarks on Higher Education proved an important event for Stony Brook University in many ways, but in particular, his speech brought the first recognition in many years that SUNY should establish “flagship campuses” as other prominent state institutions do. He cited two SUNY campuses that are poised for that distinction; Stony Brook University was one; University of Buffalo the other.
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Specifically, the Governor stated, “We will also create a flagship at the other end of our state, as well. We will help bring together the University at Stony Brook, and the world-renowned Brookhaven and Cold Spring Harbor laboratories. The result will be a peerless cross-disciplinary research engine in the areas of cancer, neurobiology, plant genetics and bio-informatics. The economic benefit for Long Island will be tremendous. The chance for New York to lead the world will be unparalleled.”
Stony Brook University President Shirley Strum Kenny said an alliance of this caliber would be like no other.
“Last month, Governor Spitzer’s Higher Education Commission addressed head on a New York need: For the strongest economic development, we must have the strongest public universities,” said Dr. Kenny. “If New York wants to compete with California, Michigan, and Texas, we have to fund research universities.
“Compare the funding for Berkeley, Ann Arbor, and Austin with Stony Brook and Buffalo – we’re not even close. The Governor wants to rectify that problem – and New York needs to follow his lead. The economic development – not to mention the medical breakthroughs and energy solutions – generated within university labs and classrooms should be New York’s destiny.”
President Kenny recalled Governor Nelson Rockefeller’s vision when the Stony Brook University campus opened in 1962.
“Governor Rockefeller envisioned a research university ‘to stand with the finest in the land.’ After 50 years, and now, under Governor Spitzer’s leadership, the opportunity is at hand to fulfill Governor Rockefeller’s vision by embracing his [Spitzer’s] bold, higher education initiative.”