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MSU Board of Trustees Selects Samuel Stanley, Jr, MD, as New President

June 10, 2019

The Michigan State University (MSU) Board of Trustees has recently selected Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, as its next university President. Dr. Stanley will begin his term as MSU's 21st president on August 1.

“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,” said Dianne Byrum, Chairperson, MSU Board of Trustees.

Dr. Stanley has been the President of Stony Brook University since 2009 and has nearly 15 years of higher education leadership experience. After earning his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, he completed his resident-physician training at Massachusetts General Hospital. He then went to Washington University in St. Louis for a fellowship in infectious diseases, eventually becoming a Professor in the departments of Medicine and Molecular Microbiology, and one of the nation’s highest recipients of NIH funding. He was appointed Vice Chancellor for Research at Washington University in 2006, serving in that position until he was appointed President at Stony Brook.

Dr. Stanley is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of American Universities and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, and recently completed terms on the NCAA Board of Directors and NCAA Board of Governors. He served for seven years as Chair of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity, which advises the U.S. government on issues related to the communication, dissemination, and performance of sensitive biological research.


Vol. 3, No. 9
June 13, 2019