SUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Maurie McInnis to Lead World Renowned Stony Brook University as New President

March 26, 2020

Distinguished Scholar Brings 25 Years of Higher Education Experience and Leadership to Stony Brook as its Sixth President

Albany – The State University of New York Board of Trustees voted unanimously today to name Maurie McInnis, Ph.D., currently executive vice president and provost at the University of Texas at Austin and a renowned cultural historian, as the new President of Stony Brook University.

Dr. McInnis's appointment – which is effective July 1 – was announced officially by SUNY Board of Trustees Chairman Merryl H. Tisch and SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson, following a SUNY Board meeting. She becomes the sixth president of Stony Brook.

"It is now as important as ever to support all our campuses with strong and proven leaders who can quickly navigate challenges, such as the impact of the Coronavirus, and keep our students on a path to the world class higher education they expect," said SUNY Chairman Tisch. "Dr. Maurie McInnis has demonstrated experience and the characteristics of such a leader, and we are entrusting her to lead and inspire the students and faculty of Stony Brook University for years to come. My deepest thanks to Chancellor Johnson and the entire search committee led by Kevin Law who worked extremely hard to find an extraordinary academic talent."

"This is an exciting moment for Stony Brook, and I'm confident Dr. Maurie McInnis will take the university to even greater heights in its unique role in fostering innovation, creativity and research that impacts the state, country and the world," said SUNY Chancellor Johnson. "The work she has done throughout her entire career to advance cross-disciplinary research, to invest in faculty excellence and to foster greater opportunities for students through higher education aligns perfectly with the mission of Stony Brook."

Fostering a commitment to academic research and intellectual endeavors, Stony Brook's membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU) places it among the top 65 research institutions in North America. Stony Brook is a national leader in economic mobility, ranked No. 1 among AAU universities and highly selective public universities, and No. 3 among all colleges and universities nationally for its success in serving as a catalyst for advancement for their students. The University is also part of the management team of Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), joining Princeton, Stanford, and the University of Chicago on the list of major institutions that have a role in running federal research laboratories.

Chancellor Johnson thanked interim president Dr. Michael Alan Bernstein for his leadership since August 2019 after Dr. Samuel L. Stanley stepped down and the expansive search for the next president began, saying, "Interim President Michael Bernstein continues to lead the Stony Brook campus in extraordinarily uncertain times as the coronavirus evolves further. Stony Brook has been a location for precautionary quarantine for students coming back recently from study abroad programs, a hospital caring for the influx of patients testing positive for the disease, and the campus moves forward today in providing academic excellence for its students and innovative research."

As chief executive for Stony Brook, Dr. McInnis will also oversee Stony Brook Medicine, Long Island's premier academic medical center, encompassing five health sciences schools, three hospitals, and 120 community-based health care settings, and will play a key role in economic development on Long Island and in Stony Brook's role as a co-manager of Brookhaven National Laboratory.

"The critical issues we face today have made it even more clear the important role higher education plays in educating tomorrow's leaders and tackling today's challenges by fostering cross-disciplinary research." said Dr. McInnis. "At higher education institutions, our responsibility is not just to admit students but to give them the tools to succeed throughout their collegiate careers and after graduation. I'm honored for the opportunity to lead an institution that is both at the forefront of groundbreaking research and committed to advancing the American dream."

As the chief academic officer for the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. McInnis leads strategic planning for the university's academic mission, which includes academic programs and initiatives across 18 colleges and schools, serving and supporting more than 51,000 students and 3,000 teaching and research faculty. She is responsible for the budget for the university's academic division, managing 1.8 billion of the institution's 3.1 billion-dollar budget. She is also deeply involved in the university's fundraising efforts, leading a team of development officers.

Additionally, Dr. McInnis oversees the university's libraries and museums, archival collections, research centers and academic support units. During her tenure at UT Austin, Dr. McInnis has invested in numerous student and faculty support programs, including the Texas Advance Commitment to expand access to higher education for Texas families, and the Executive Management Leadership Program to provide faculty and administrators the opportunity to develop leadership skills helpful in academic leadership positions. Through strategic budgeting and strategic initiatives, she has focused efforts on recruiting and retaining exceptional faculty.

While at UT Austin, Dr. McInnis has made significant advancements and investments in equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives. She created the new position of Vice Provost for Diversity and spearheaded efforts to create school- and college-based diversity and inclusion committees and chief diversity officers.

Dr. McInnis has served as the executive vice president and provost of UT Austin since 2016. Previously, she spent nearly 20 years at the University of Virginia, ultimately as the vice provost for academic affairs. Her academic scholarship has focused on the cultural history of the American south. She has published extensively on American art history, including five books on the subject. Her most recent book, Slaves Waiting for Sale: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade (University of Chicago in 2011) was awarded the Charles C. Eldredge Book Prize from the Smithsonian American Art Museum for outstanding scholarship in American Art.

She earned her bachelor's degree with highest distinction in art history from University of Virginia, and received her master's degree and Ph.D. in art history from Yale University. Dr. McInnis is married with two children.

Statements from Colleagues and Search Committee Members

"Dr. Maurie McInnis is going to be an outstanding President of SBU and her 25 years of experience in public research institutions will be of tremendous value to our university," said Kevin S. Law, President & Chief Executive Officer, Long Island Association, Inc., who led the search committee. "I look forward to helping Maurie get acclimated on campus, on Long Island and in our state."

"After an exhaustive search conducted by a great team of individuals all invested in Stony Brook University's future, we are pleased to announce Dr. Maurie McInnis as our next president," said James H. Simons, committee member and founder of Renaissance Technologies. "Stony Brook and its values have held a special place in my heart, and I have every confidence that Maurie will uphold the University's mission and lead the campus forward, strengthening its reputation as a world-class public university and research institution."

"Dr. Maurie McInnis has made outstanding contributions as provost and will be a tremendous leader as president of Stony Brook University," said UT Austin President Gregory L. Fenves. "At UT, Dr. McInnis has been an extraordinary advocate for faculty excellence — supporting professional growth at every rank, recruiting top faculty from across the nation and strengthening the university's commitment to diversity and equity in faculty hiring and advancement. Dr. McInnis is deeply committed to the mission of public research universities, both the success of our students and the impact of research on society. When I recruited Dr. McInnis four years ago, I knew that she was a special leader with incredible potential. My expectations were high — and she exceeded them. She improved our university in many important ways and I am grateful for her remarkable dedication. The entire UT community wishes her great success at Stony Brook."

"SUNY's leadership and Stony Brook University's search team have made an outstanding choice in naming Dr. Maurie McInnis as the university's next president. I have seen her vision, work ethic, and drive at work firsthand," said former President of the University of Virginia and current Interim Provost at Michigan State Teresa A. Sullivan. "She understands both the challenges and the opportunities of public research universities. My congratulations to Maurie and to Stony Brook."

"As a friend and colleague, it comes as no surprise to me that Dr. Maurie McInnis has been chosen to lead the great public institution that is Stony Brook University," said University of Rochester President Sarah Mangelsdorf. "In addition to her vast professional experience, Maurie will bring her intelligence, dynamic team-building and creative problem-solving to the role. I am absolutely thrilled that we will be fellow presidents in the Empire State."

"I was delighted to learn that Dr. Maurie McInnis will take the helm of Stony Brook University," said Yale University President Peter Salovey. "I can think of no one better qualified to lead ‘one of America's most dynamic public universities,' especially at a time when the world desperately needs answers from the research and scholarship being conducted on college campuses. And in New Haven, we are proud that Maurie began her academic career at Yale as a Ph.D. student in art history. She distinguished herself through her scholarship and helped undergraduates explore the great richness and diversity of human experience through the university's collections. Since then, she has overseen wide-ranging academic programs and initiatives at UT Austin and the University of Virginia. She also has been a generous advisor to Yale leaders over the years. The Stony Brook community is truly fortunate to be gaining an experienced leader who is committed to advancing excellence in education, research, and scholarship."

"Dr. Maurie McInnis is an outstanding researcher and scholar, and an effective and detail-oriented administrator," said Lehigh University President John Simon. "While at the University of Virginia, I valued her dedication to student success and the advancement of our faculty. Stony Brook University will continue to build on its worldwide reputation and research presence with Maurie as its next president."

About Stony Brook University

Stony Brook University is going far beyond the expectations of today's public universities. With more than 26,000 students, 2,700 faculty members, nearly 200,000 alumni, an academic medical center and 18 NCAA Division I athletic programs, it is one of only four University Center campuses in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. The University embraces its mission to provide comprehensive undergraduate, graduate, and professional education of the highest quality, and has been ranked among the top 35 public universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The University's distinguished faculty have earned esteemed awards such as the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Indianapolis Prize for animal conservation, Abel Prize and the inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. Providing economic growth for neighboring communities and the wider geographic region, the University totals an impressive $7.23 billion in increased economic output on Long Island and close to 60,00 local jobs. In addition, the University's graduates increased aggregate economic output worldwide by $15.3 billion, supporting an impressive 99,815 jobs.

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. As of Fall 2019, more than 415,500 students were enrolled in a degree-granting program at a SUNY campus. In total, SUNY serves about 1.3 million students in credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide exceeded $1.7 billion in fiscal year 2019, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit

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