EAST LANSING — Samuel Stanley Jr., the president of New York-based Stony Brook University since 2009, will become Michigan State University’s next president Aug. 1.
MSU trustees this morning voted unanimously to hire Stanley, a biomedical researcher and a physician who earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School..
His hiring at MSU follows the turmoil of the Larry Nassar scandal that forced the resignation of Lou Ann Simon as president.
“Dr. Stanley is an empowering, compassionate and thoughtful leader, who will work tirelessly alongside our students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees and broader Spartan community to meet the challenges we face together and build our future,” stated Dianne Byrum, chair of the MSU board of trustees.
Stony Brook University is one of 64 colleges that make up the State University of New York system and has an undergraduate enrollment of more than 17,000. Prior to Stony Broke, Stanley served for three years as vice chancellor for research at Washington University.
“MSU’s core strength is its amazing students, superb faculty, dedicated staff and proud alumni, and I cannot wait to get to campus to meet with you and learn from you,” Stanley said in a statement. “I am so excited about MSU’s legacy as the pioneer land-grant university, its remarkable progress over this decade and its amazing potential for the future. I believe our best days are ahead, and I appreciate the chance to be a part of this extraordinary journey.”
In comments following the vote by trustees, Stanley said he sees MSU as a “community in need of healing” following “a turbulent and difficult time.”
“I want to meet with the survivors and their families, listen to their voices and their thoughts, and learn from them,” he said. “I want to work with them and all of the campus community to ensure that the changes that need to be made are implemented. What happened at MSU will not be forgotten and instead it will drive us every day to work together to build a campus culture of transparency, awareness, sensitivity, respect and prevention — a safe campus for all.”