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For Immediate Release
May 28, 2019

Statement from University Professions President Frederick E. Kowal on the selection of a new Stony Brook University President

“With the departure of Stony Brook University President Samuel Stanley Jr., UUP hopes that our members will have a role in the interview and selection process of the next president of this great public university.

“We also hope that SUNY sees this as an opportunity to enhance diversity in campus leadership, a goal that SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson has endorsed and which UUP strongly supports. We look forward to working with SUNY in this extremely important selection process.

“Stony Brook, a nationally known university, also needs a president who values literature, languages and theater arts as much as science and technology, because all of these disciplines have their place in a great university.

“The humanities have suffered at Stony Brook and elsewhere in the SUNY system, and they must be a priority if Stony Brook University hopes to provide a well-rounded education to its students.

“SUNY has not been a priority in the state budget for far too long and that must change. We want to work with the new president to reverse the underfunding at Stony Brook. We must work together to improve the working conditions of our members, and to ensure that we meet the needs of students and patients.

“UUP thanks President Stanley for his service and hard work on behalf of Stony Brook, and wishes him the best in his new role as president of Michigan State University.”

UUP is the nation's largest higher education union, with more than 42,000 academic and professional faculty and retirees. UUP members work at 29 New York state-operated campuses, including SUNY’s public teaching hospitals and health science centers in Brooklyn, Long Island and Syracuse. It is an affiliate of NYSUT, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, and the AFL-CIO.


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