By Alex Nagler

Picture this only multiplied six times.
Picture this only multiplied six times.

For those of you who don’t know, President Kenny is retiring at the end of the year. A committee, headed by alumnus Richard Nasti, has been formed to find her replacement. Last week, elections were held by the faculty to choose six representatives to serve on the committee. When the ballots were counted, the following six professors emerged as the chosen representatives of the faculty body to select the person who, Albany Willing, will be the next President of Stony Brook University. These six professors constitute a wide variety of campus departments. Among their ranks are a Professor of Marine Biogeochemistry, a Nurse Practitioner and Dean of the School of Nursing, Professor and Chair of the Department of Technology and Society in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, an English Professor, a History Professor, and a Professor of Medicine, Microbiology, Pathology and Pharmacology.

Together, they make up a wide slice of Stony Brook academic life and we wish them well as they embark on their quest to find the next President of Stony Brook University. Our thanks go out to Richard Nasti for agreeing to work with us.

Robert C. Aller

Robert Aller is a Distinguished Professor of Marine Biogeochemistry in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, with affiliated appointment in the Department of Geosciences at Stony Brook University. He is an expert on biogeochemical cycling processes and animal-sediment interactions in marine deposits, particularly tropical deltaic, coastal, and continental margin environments.  He received a B.S. in Biology-Geology and a B.A. in Chemistry, both with Highest Distinction from the University of Rochester in 1972, and a M.Phil. (1974) and Ph.D.(1977) in Geology and Geophysics from Yale University.  He rose to the rank of Professor of Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago from 1977 – 1986, and subsequently moved to Stony Brook University with his wife Josephine Aller, who is also on the faculty at SBU.  Their youngest daughter, Deborah, is a sophomore at Stony Brook.  Prof. Aller is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the European Association of Geochemistry, and the Geochemical Society.  He has received honorary doctorates from Göteborg Université, Sweden and the Université de la Méditerranée (Aix-Marseille II), France, and was awarded the Division of Geochemistry Medal in 2007 by the American Chemical
Society.  He was a soccer and basketball coach in the Three Village community for 10 years, and serves as a director of the Stony Brook Environmental Conservancy.

Ora J. Bouey

Ms. Ora James Bouey is a Nurse Practitioner, Professor and Associate Dean, School of Nursing. Professor Bouey has held two major administrative roles and served as coordinator and/or Director of different programs on site and internationally. During her tenure at Stony Brook University, she has had firsthand experience within inter- professional groups and has consistently represented the interests of the students, faculty and staff of the HSC.  During the ‘80s, Professor Bouey was the first Chair of the Department of Adult Health Nursing which under her tutelage was developed into the largest department in the School of Nursing.

Professor Bouey has presented papers and continues to serve on local state, national, and international committees, advocating for the University at large. In 1980, she received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Recently, she received the AFT’s Living the Legacy Award for 2008. This award is presented to women who have: Provided leadership and demonstrated interest in issues of women’s rights; maintained multiple decades of involvement in local, state and national affiliates; acted as mentors, coaches & role models for other women; and been recognized as a leader in her own community.
Professor Bouey graduated from Stony Brook University and New York University.

David L. Ferguson

David L. Ferguson is Distinguished Service Professor and Chair of the Department of Technology and Society in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University.  Dr. Ferguson has been director or co-director of numerous projects, including eight National Science Foundation projects, aimed at improving undergraduate and graduate education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). 

He is coordinator for the Math and Computer Science cluster of Science Education for New Civic Engagement and Responsibility (SENCER), an NSF-funded National Dissemination grant.  Professor Ferguson is Director of the NSF-funded SUNY LSAMP and SUNY AGEP programs—aimed at increasing the participation of underrepresented minority students in STEM.  His research includes quantitative modeling, problem solving, educational technologies, and decision making. His awards include the U. S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM), the Archie Lacey Award of the New York Academy of Sciences, and the Engineering Educator Award of the Joint Committee on Engineering of Long Island.

Peter J. Manning

Peter Manning graduated from Harvard College and earned his MA and Ph.D in English Language and Literature from Yale University. He taught at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Southern California, from both of which he received awards for excellence in teaching, before coming to Stony Brook as Chair of the Department of English in 2000. He is a specialist in literature of the British Romantic period, and has written or edited several books in the field. He has been given the Distinguished Scholarship Award of the Keats-Shelley Association, and held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Gary J. Marker

Dr. Gary Marker has been a member of the Stony Brook faculty, in the Department of History, since 1979.  His field of expertise is Russian history, with a special emphasis on the early modern period.  He is the author of many works touching upon print culture, gender, religion, education, and political authority.  He is a former chair of History, former Graduate Director, and he currently serves on the UUP Executive Committee as academic grievance officer for west campus.


Roy T. Steigbigel

Dr Steigbigel is Professor of Medicine, Microbiology, Pathology and Pharmacology at the medical school at Stony Brook.   He received his bachelor’s degree from Carleton College and the MD degree from the University of Rochester.  His subsequent training was also at Rochester as well as in the U. S. Public Health Service and at Stanford University.  After 10 years on the faculty at the University of Rochester he came to Stony Brook in 1983 to found the Division of Infectious Diseases and, shortly thereafter, the AIDS Treatment and Research Center.  He has been active in research, (with uninterrupted external funding since arriving at Stony Brook) and in multiple aspects of education, including the development and direction of courses. He serves on numerous national, regional, university-wide and medical school committees.  He is now President of the School of Medicine Faculty Senate.


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