May 28, 2019
MSU Board of Trustees selects new president
The Michigan State University Board of Trustees selected Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., as its next university president at a special meeting on Tuesday, May 28. President-designee Stanley will officially begin his term as Michigan State’s 21st president on Aug. 1, 2019.
“Today, by a unanimous vote, the MSU Board of Trustees has elected Dr. Samuel Stanley as Michigan State’s 21st president,” said Dianne Byrum, chairwoman, MSU Board of Trustees. “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.”
Last August, the trustees appointed an 18-member search committee, co-chaired by Byrum and Melanie Foster, MSU trustee. As part of a national search, the committee solicited input through 22 campus-wide input sessions and an online submission form where community members shared their ideas on the characteristics they desire for Michigan State’s next president. The committee used those comments as the basis for the Presidential Prospectus and the criteria by which the committee
“MSU is one of the world’s leading research universities, and I am grateful to the Board of Trustees and the Presidential Search Committee that so ably represented the entire MSU community for
Engineering Dean Leo Kempel said, “Our next president has the most important qualities necessary in our leader for the coming period: proven leadership experience, compassion, integrity and a vision for MSU having a greater impact in the state and nation in the coming years.” See other comments in What People Are Saying.
President-designee 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.
“Dr. Samuel Stanley is an outstanding physician and an accomplished leader in higher education. He
“Dr. Stanley’s entire career, as both a researcher and leader, embodies a commitment to all aspects of academic excellence and
Dr. Stanley is 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
“The Board of Trustees would like to express gratitude to the members of the Presidential Search Committee who dedicated their valuable time, immense knowledge and thoughtful perspective. The committee members took the time to capture their thoughts on the process and the selection of Dr. Stanley, and we will