Chancellor King Announces $12 Million to Facilitate New Hires as Stony Brook University Increases Research Faculty to Spur Innovation, Student Opportunities

January 26, 2023

Funding is Part of New York State’s $53 Million Annual Investment; Campus to Hire Some 50 New Faculty

Additional Faculty Will Help Meet Research Funding and Productivity Goals, Increase Diversity, Address Instructional Needs

Stony Brook, NY – The State University of New York Chancellor John B. King, Jr. announced the allocation of $12 million to Stony Brook University to increase the number of research faculty to spur innovation and expand student opportunities. Approximately 50 new full-time faculty will be hired thanks to the State’s $53 million annual investment, which was included for the first time by Governor Kathy Hochul and state lawmakers in the 2022-23 Enacted Budget.

Additional new full-time faculty will help the university – one of the two flagship institutions within Governor Hochul’s vision for SUNY – expand research funding and productivity, increase faculty diversity, and continue to address instructional needs. Specific areas of hiring include quantum information sciences, artificial intelligence, energy and climate science, and cancer studies, among others. Each new hire is concentrated in high-demand fields, helping Stony Brook to facilitate a highly skilled workforce in New York State.

"Stony Brook University is a leader in research that focuses on addressing big societal challenges, like clean energy production, making data centers more sustainable, and treating cancer and disease," said SUNY Chancellor King. "By attracting additional top-tier faculty members and retaining existing experts, the campus will be able to expand innovation and grow academic and research opportunities for more students. Our thanks to Governor Kathy Hochul and our state legislators for their staunch support in SUNY and higher education. The funding they have allocated for new faculty will have a significant impact on Stony Brook and other campuses as we work to cement SUNY’s role as a world-class higher education system."

SUNY Board Trustee Cary Staller said, "Stony Brook University is a center of academic excellence for a reason. Its diverse program offerings and research are second to none, which includes a strong partnership with Brookhaven National Laboratory. With this significant state award, SBU can continue to lead innovation, research, and education as it hires more faculty to join its ranks. In doing so, the university will also increase its faculty diversity, expand classroom and research opportunities, and ensure our students complete their degrees and leave with a successful future ahead of them."

Stony Brook University President Maurie McInnis said, "As Stony Brook continues to reach its full potential as a flagship institution, Chancellor King’s allocation of $12 million to support the hiring of research faculty will help advance our transformational goals of moving into the top 25 ranked public research universities nationally and doubling research output. At Stony Brook University, we pride ourselves on delivering a world-class, affordable education to a diverse student population, many of whom are first-generation college students. In addition to expanding research productivity, faculty hiring will also expand student support and preparation for opportunities in today’s high-demand STEM fields."

NY Senator Kevin Thomas said, "Today’s announcement at Stony Brook University is another exciting step in Long Island’s ongoing efforts to expand job opportunities and cutting-edge industries. I’m proud to support these record investments for our SUNY schools to hire new faculty across campuses, spur innovation and ensure that our students can compete in the global economy. Stony Brook University is a world class academic and research center, I thank the Governor for all of her support to our Long Island flagship institution."

NY Senator Monica Martinez said, "As an alumna of the Stony Brook family, I’m elated to learn of the $12 million allocation Chancellor King and New York State have announced. Stony Brook remains the crown jewel of the SUNY system and is a great innovation and economic engine for Long Island, New York State, and the entire country. This type of investment has long term benefits for our region and meets the immediate needs of students, families, and educators."

Assemblymember Michael Fitzpatrick said, "For Stony Brook to maintain and enhance its stature as a premiere University, today's investment is necessary. The additional faculty will create new opportunities for students to compete in today's very competitive global economy. Excellence is expensive."

Assemblymember Jodi Giglio said, "I'm thrilled to hear that Stony Brook University is adding additional high-quality staff to its already stellar lineup. The most immediate beneficiaries, other than fellow university staff, will be the students, who I know will be ready to absorb the skills and information they need to go on and do great things. Stony Brook University continues to take steps that prove itself as one of the highest quality higher education institutions in the country, and I wish new staff all the best as they begin their time there!"

Hal Paz, MD, MS, Executive Vice President for Health Sciences, Stony Brook University, and Chief Executive Officer, Stony Brook University Medicine, said, "SUNY’s investment in Stony Brook advances critical livesaving biomedical research and allows us to continue to innovate and provide a top education for future health professionals, which is crucial to the health and well-being of all New Yorkers."

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, 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, a law school, the country’s oldest school of maritime, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.4 million students amongst its entire portfolio of credit- and non-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 are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2022, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than 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 opportunities, visit

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