STONY BROOK, NY, October 3, 2013 – Matthew Whelan, Ed.D., has been appointed Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Stony Brook University effective September 1, announced President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. Whelan has been serving as the Acting VP for Strategic Initiatives since March 2013 prior to which he served as Associate Provost for Enrollment and Retention Management at Stony Brook University since 2006.
In this position Dr. Whelan reports directly to President Stanley and serves as an adviser in the areas of long term policy and strategic initiatives. As such he is directly responsible for identifying institutional priorities and is charged with planning and taking the lead in identifying and facilitating cross-functional institutional initiatives.
Under his interim leadership, he has assumed responsibility for oversight of the Stony Brook University Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness (IRP&E) - formerly known as the Office of Institutional Research; upon completion of a national search he recently appointed a new Associate Vice-President and renamed the department to more accurately reflect the duties, responsibilities and future direction of the office. He has been working with satellite campuses in Southampton, Korea and Manhattan, and he has been working with the Office of Economic Development to advance the Start-Up New York initiative announced by Governor Cuomo last spring.
“Matt has proven himself as a true asset to my senior leadership team,” said President Stanley. “Over the past six months as Interim VP, Matt has done an outstanding job of overseeing Stony Brook’s initiatives on the Southampton Campus and in Korea; he has made excellent inroads on Start-Up New York working with VP for Economic Development, Yacov Shamash, and is doing outstanding work by pulling these elements and others together to identify and advance our strategic planning efforts.”
Dr. Whelan spent over two decades working in key positions in college admissions, financial aid and enrollment management — the last 15 of which were at Long Island institutions. He joined Stony Brook after serving in key positions at St. John's University and Hofstra University respectively where he was successful in advancing goals for enrollment and admissions in the areas of applicant quality and yield. Under his leadership, Stony Brook Admissions became a paperless environment which has improved efficiency and led to increased space availability campus-wide. His cumulative efforts have resulted in the improvement of the entering student class quality by more than 60 SAT points.
“Stony Brook is an institution on the rise. Under Dr. Stanley’s leadership, and with the support of a phenomenal group of students, faculty, researchers, staff and friends of the University, Stony Brook has never been in a better position to continue our drive to become one of the top research institutions in North America,” said Dr. Whelan. “I want to thank Dr. Stanley for having confidence in me; I am honored to be part of this special university and look forward to advancing our mission.”
Dr. Whelan received his BA from Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania; he earned his MA from William Patterson University in Wayne, New Jersey and his Ed.D. from Dowling College. He is a member of several national organizations and groups, including the College Board where he served as a delegate, the AAU Enrollment Managers and the Association of Chief Admission Officers for Public Universities (ACAOPU). He has presented at local, regional and national meetings on issues of enrollment planning, strategy and team building and recently presented at the International Leadership Association on academic turnaround and presidential leadership.