Stanley named president of SUNY Stony Brook

Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., vice chancellor for research, has been named president of State University of New York (SUNY) Stony Brook effective July 1.

In a press release issued by SUNY Stony Brook, Chancellor-Elect Nancy Zimpher, Ph.D., cited Stanley’s experience as an accomplished leader, administrator, educator, medical researcher and physician as well as his demonstrated commitment to excellence.

“I am honored to have been selected as Stony Brook’s next president,” Stanley said. “In its short life, Stony Brook has accomplished remarkable things. I look forward to working with my new colleagues on the faculty, staff and students in a collective and strategic way to continue Stony Brook’s remarkable trajectory of increased excellence and to position the university to take its place among the truly great research universities of the nation.”

Stanley, also professor of medicine and of molecular microbiology, came to the School of Medicine in 1983 as a fellow in infectious diseases and has been a member of the faculty since 1987.

He was appointed vice chancellor for research in 2006. He also is an attending physician in internal medicine and infectious diseases at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and director of the Midwest Regional Center for Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research.

Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton said that Stanley has made significant contributions to the University during his more than 25 years at WUSTL.

“During Sam Stanley’s tenure, we have benefited enormously from his leadership and research,” Wrighton said. “He is a distinguished member of the faculty of the School of Medicine with an excellent track record of academic contributions, including very significant research accomplishments. He has substantially advanced the research at the University, overseeing more than $548 million in external funding for undergraduate, graduate and faculty research.

“We at Washington University in St. Louis will miss Dr. Stanley, yet we are confident that he and his new university home will thrive in response to the exciting opportunity for him at Stony Brook,” Wrighton said.