***UPDATE 9:55 PM ET MONDAY***
MOMENTS AGO SPARTAN NATION CONFIRMED THAT DR. STANLEY WILL BE ANNOUNCED AS THE NEW MSU PRESIDENT.
Several weeks ago, Spartan Nation learned that Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, who is the President of Stony Brook University was a candidate to be the President of Michigan State University. Two weeks ago Spartan Nation was told by a major donor that, "I was talking to (A member of the Board of Trustees) and (They) told me that a medical doctor who is the President of Stony Brook is going to get the job." This donor went on to say that the MSU Board of Trustee member told them, "They will be approving him in late May will start in June hopefully, but before classes start for sure."
Then last week another, "Friend of the University" informed us that, (Another member of the Board o Trustees) had told them, "We got Dr. Stanley from Stony Brook." Spartan Nation has reached out to people at Stony Brook and Michigan State for confirmation. None would confirm for publication or deny that he would be named for the record.
The announcement of who it is, is coming soon. And with major donors being told the same name, independent of each other and from different Trustees, either the BOT is going to have some angry donors or this was not something that they desired to be handled in a stealth manner.
Here is the bio of Dr. Stanley courtesy of the Stony Brook website. The picture and video for this article is also courtesy of the Stony Brook website.
On July 1, 2009, Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, became the fifth president of Stony Brook University, taking the helm of one of the nation's most prestigious research institutions. One of just 62 members of the invitation-only Association of American Universities, Stony Brook is recognized for its innovative programs, groundbreaking discoveries and integration of research with undergraduate education.
A Seattle native, Dr. Stanley has a Bachelor of Arts degree in biological sciences (Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Chicago. After earning his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1980, he completed his resident-physician training at Massachusetts General Hospital. He went to Washington University in St. Louis in 1983 for a fellowship in infectious diseases in the School of Medicine, eventually becoming a professor in the Departments of Medicine and Molecular Microbiology in recognition of the collaborative nature of his research. A highly distinguished biomedical researcher, Dr. Stanley was one of the nation's highest 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. In 2006 Dr. Stanley was appointed Vice Chancellor for Research at Washington University, serving in that position until he was appointed President of Stony Brook University.
Since becoming President of Stony Brook University, Dr. Stanley has focused on obtaining the resources necessary to enable Stony Brook to attain the next level of excellence. He was a champion of the NYSUNY 2020 legislation, which helped Stony Brook hire more than 240 new faculty over five years. Making fundraising a priority, Dr. Stanley had the most successful year in Stony Brook University's history, anchored by a remarkable gift from Jim and Marilyn Simons and the Simons Foundation, the sixth-largest gift to a public university ever recorded. Dr. Stanley has made philanthropic support of faculty a priority and has significantly increased the number of endowed professorships at the University. A champion for Long Island's economic development, he serves on Governor Andrew Cuomo's Long Island Regional Economic Development Council, working to improve Long Island’s economy with a special emphasis on supporting projects related to the smart grid, energy storage, renewable energy, information technology and biotechnology.
As Board Chair of Brookhaven Science Associates, which manages Brookhaven National Laboratory on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy, Dr. Stanley joins the leaders of a select group of prestigious academic institutions, including Princeton, Stanford, the University of California-Berkeley, and the University of Chicago, that play a role in running and collaborating with a national laboratory. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Long Island Association, as well as the NCAA Board of Directors and NCAA Board of Governors. He is Chairman of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity, which advises the United States government on issues related to the communication, dissemination and performance of sensitive biological research. Dr. Stanley was a member of the National Advisory Allergy and Infectious Diseases Council at the NIH and a member of the NIH Director's Blue Ribbon Panel on the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories. He also serves as an ambassador for the Paul G. Rogers Society for Global Health Research and has received an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Science from Konkuk University in Korea.
Dr. Stanley is a champion of academic and industry collaborations, knowing the enormous economic potential of successful university and corporate partnerships. With his extensive experience as a researcher, a patent holder and a former leader of technology transfer, Dr. Stanley brings an invaluable perspective to the emerging field of translational research. He also continues to work as a strong advocate for federal funding of basic research, working through organizations such as the AAU and The Science Coalition to promote the critical role of University research in innovation and discovery.
Dr. Stanley is committed to helping Stony Brook's economically disadvantaged students and has been a champion for Stony Brook's Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), which helps economically disadvantaged students graduate. He has traveled with students to Albany and Washington, DC, to advocate for increased state and federal funding of student financial aid. Dr. Stanley's wife, Ellen Li, MD, PhD, is a distinguished biomedical researcher and gastroenterologist. In addition to her roles as a clinician and scientist, Dr. Li tutors EOP students in chemistry and has served as a mentor for many students interested in biomedical research. Dr. Stanley and Dr. Li have four children.
Generating an estimated $4.7 billion annually in regional economic impact, Stony Brook is playing a vital role in Long Island’s transformation into a major technological corridor, bringing new innovations in wireless technology, clean energy, diagnostic and sensor systems, and medical biotechnology to the area. Stony Brook faculty members are credited with more than 1,700 inventions and more than 500 U.S. patents, and our research enterprise generates $160 million in revenue annually. With the newly created New York Energy Policy Institute — a consortium of research centers and experts to advise the State on energy policy — housed at the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center at Stony Brook, the University will assume a leading role in our region’s well-being for years to come.
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