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Stony Brook University
New York, United States
Not Specified
Date posted
Oct 16, 2019

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Position Type
Executive, Chancellors & Presidents
Employment Type
Full Time

Stony Brook, New York

Stony Brook University, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), one of the top research-intensive institutions in the United States and a flagship within the State University of New York system, invites applications and nominations for the position of President. The institution seeks an outstanding leader who will guide a large vibrant university in its mission of providing education of the highest quality, executing research and intellectual endeavors of the highest international standards, providing state-of-theart innovative health care, and providing leadership for economic growth, technology and culture. The President serves as the chief executive officer of the campus and reports directly to the Chancellor of the SUNY system. Leading a staff of experienced professionals, the President works closely with the Stony Brook Council, the Stony Brook Foundation, the University Senate and the University Council. Fostering a commitment to scholarly research, and academic excellence, Stony Brook’s 2018-19 operating budget was $2.7 billion. Stony Brook enrolled 26,814 students in fall 2019 — 17,909 undergraduate students and 8,905 graduate and professional students, with international students constituting 17 percent of Stony Brook’s total student enrollment.

Stony Brook University was ranked number 25 among public universities in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education 2020 U.S. College Rankings and also among the top 100 national universities by U.S. News & World Report. Stony Brook University was identified as first among AAU universities and highly selective public universities for social mobility and third among all colleges and universities nationally, presenting a unique opportunity for a president to lead a major public research university that has demonstrated a commitment to research and discovery at the highest levels while also serving as a catalyst for economic mobility to a large number of students.

In its next President, Stony Brook University seeks a demonstrated visionary and strategic leader with administrative experience and with a thorough understanding of and an uncompromising commitment to academic distinction. The President will be a key voice and powerful leader in promoting a culture of academic excellence and national recognition. This position requires an enthusiastic, articulate, and visionary leader who will join the senior leadership team to enhance academic excellence across the University’s 12 colleges, multiple research centers and institutes, and across the SUNY system. Stony Brook’s role as a comanager with Battelle of Brookhaven National Laboratory is a critical responsibility that enables deep and groundbreaking research partnerships. It is important that the next President continue to help that partnership to flourish. The President will also lead Stony Brook as it builds on its current foundation to support future growth and strengthen Stony Brook’s role in the economic renewal of New York State. The successful candidate will be a visible external advocate for the strength of the academic enterprise and its resulting influence on the health of the state while broadening the campus’s national and global reach.

Stony Brook University has engaged Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in conducting a global search for its next President. All inquiries, nominations, and applications should be sent electronically and in confidence to Michael Baer, Partner, and Ernest Brooks, Senior Associate, at:

Stony Brook University/SUNY is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer. The University is committed to the creation of a diverse and inclusive campus climate. Stony Brook University encourages protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and minorities to apply.

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