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Stony Brook University

SBU: History and Timeline

Information and Resources about the History of Stony Brook University.

Past Provosts

The Office of the Provost carries responsibility for the academic mission of the west campus, providing direct supervision for all academic units, support services and operations, and coordinating all academic programs. The Deans and Directors of the Colleges, Schools, Libraries, Centers and Institutes, other than those in the Health Science Center, report to the Provost. 

The Provost acts on behalf of the President in the absence of the President. The Provost works closely with the Dean of the Medical School/Vice President of the Health Sciences Center and the Vice President for Research in academic and research issues that concern the University as a whole.

1965-1971: H. Bentley Glass
1971-1981: Sidney Gelber
1981-1986: Homer A. Neal
1986-1989: Jerry R. Schubel
1989-1994: Tilden G. Edelstein
1994-1995: R. Bryce Hool
1996-1999: Rollin C. Richmond
1999-2000: Robert L. McGrath (Acting Provost)
2000-2007: Robert L. McGrath
2007-June 2011: Eric W. Kaler
August 2011-May 2016: Dennis N. Assanis
June 2016-October 2016: Charles Taber, Interim Provost
October 2016-present: Michael A. Bernstein