STONY BROOK, NY, December 10, 2012 – Stony Brook University President, Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., has accepted an appointment to a three year term on the Board of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), a Washington DC-based research and advocacy organization of public research universities, land-grant institutions, and state university systems.
As the nation’s oldest higher education association, APLU is dedicated to excellence in learning, discovery and engagement. Member campuses enroll more than 3.6 million undergraduate and 1.1 million graduate students, employ more than 670,000 faculty and administrators, and conduct nearly two-thirds of all university-based research, totaling more than $34 billion annually. Under APLU’s bylaws, representatives from the association’s councils and commissions, six president/chancellor representatives, and five elected officers constitute the board.
“I look forward to serving as a board member for the APLU,” said President Stanley. "Public higher education is at a crossroads right now, facing major funding issues, calls for greater accountability and improving student completion, and the challenges and opportunities coming with online education. I hope to contribute insight and ideas based on Stony Brook’s position as a University Center within SUNY --- the largest single State system in the country – and Stony Brook's longstanding commitment to STEM education, diversity and access to excellence. It is an honor to be asked to serve APLU during these challenging times."
“Samuel Stanley’s appointment to the APLU board comes at a critical time for public research universities,” said APLU President Peter McPherson. “Dr. Stanley is a distinguished biomedical researcher, research administrator, and now university president. His experience and perspective will be critical as the APLU Board and its members deal with the ramifications of the coming changes to the federal budget and the many changes underway in higher education.
About Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.
In July 2009, Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. became the fifth president of Stony Brook University, often referred to as a flagship of the State University of New York (SUNY) system and one of just 62 members of the Association of American Universities (AAU). Stony Brook is recognized for its innovative programs, groundbreaking discoveries, student diversity and integration of research with undergraduate education. In addition to his position as University President, Dr. Stanley serves as the Vice Chairman of Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA), an organization that manages Brookhaven National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science; he is Chairman of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecuritywhich advises the United States government on issues related to the communication, dissemination and performance of sensitive biological research. Among his most significant accomplishments during his first three years at Stony Brook, Dr. Stanley has led a cluster hire initiative; worked toward the successful establishment of a predictable and rational tuition plan; oversees the implementation of the Simon’s Gift, a $150 million donation to Stony Brook, the largest ever received by a New York State University and one of the top ten largest gifts to any public university; and, he has led the successful establishment of two major research institutes: The Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology, and the Institute for Advanced Computational Sciences.
Prior to his appointment at Stony Brook, Dr. Stanley served 25 years as a physician-scientist and educator and Vice Chancellor for Research at Washington University in St. Louis. During his time as a biomedical researcher and Vice Chancellor for Research at Wash U, Dr. Stanley distinguished himself as one of the top recipients of support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his research focusing on enhanced defense against emerging infectious diseases. He is an expert in the biological mechanisms that cells employ when responding to infectious agents such as parasites, bacteria, and viruses, a process commonly called the inflammatory response.
Dr. Stanley received his B.A. in 1976 from the University of Chicago and his M.D. in 1980 from Harvard Medical School. After his internship at Massachusetts General Hospital, he was named a Fellow in Infectious Diseases at Washington University School of Medicine.
About the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
Founded in 1887, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) is a research and advocacy organization of public research universities, land-grant institutions, and state university systems. As the nation’s oldest higher education association, APLU is dedicated to excellence in learning, discovery and engagement. Member campuses enroll more than 3.6 million undergraduate and 1.1 million graduate students, employ more than 670,000 faculty and administrators, and conduct nearly two-thirds of all university-based research, totaling more than $34 billion annually. For more information, visit www.aplu.org.