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Presidential search announces committee members

The emailed list of the presidential search committee. The President’s Office announced on Wednesday, Sept. 11 the search committee for Stony Brook’s sixth president. PHOTO CREDIT: STONY’S BROOK PRESIDENT’S OFFICE

The official list of members making up the presidential search committee were announced by the President’s office in a campus-wide email sent on Wednesday, Sept. 11.

The committee members will represent the university as they search for Stony Brook University’s sixth president. Michael Bernstein is currently acting as the Interim President.

“The members are committed to conducting a search that will yield an accomplished, visionary and inspirational president to lead Stony Brook University as it continues its forward trajectory as one of the top public research universities in the United States,” Kevin Law, chair of the presidential search committee, said in the email.

Faculty, staff, Stony Brook Foundation members, students, administration, alumni and Stony Brook Council members were chosen to be on the committee, in accordance with SUNY guidelines and policy. SUNY guidelines dictate that the committee should be “diverse and have representatives from principal campus constituencies.”

The President’s Office also hired the firm Isaacson, Miller, which specializes in recruiting “leaders for mission-driven organizations,” according to its website. Its clients include universities, research institutes and advocacy organizations.

Michael Baer, partner at Isaacson, Miller, is the lead search consultant, and will be assisted by Ernest Brooks, a senior associate at the firm. Later this month, the two will meet on campus with the committee members for help crafting a “position profile” to advertise to potential candidates, according to the email. 

According to the SUNY Presidential Search Summary and Timeline, the next step will be for the search committee to hold its first meeting. Chancellor Kristina Johnson will officially give the charge to the committee and discuss her expectations for the top candidates. Isaacson, Miller will also go over their plan for the search with the committee. Diversity and confidentiality will also be overviewed, according to the guidelines.

Law encouraged the university to share “thoughts on the qualifications that the next Stony Brook president should possess to be successful in leading the institution” via email at [email protected].

Presidential nominations can be submitted to The university also has a website that will post updates on the search.

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