Class of ’82 Graduate is LIPA President and CEO
More than 25 years after graduating from Stony Brook, Kevin Law, President and CEO of the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), is returning to campus as Chairman of the Stony Brook Council. Law was appointed by Governor David A. Paterson to lead the board that serves as an oversight and advisory body to the University and to Stony Brook’s president and senior officers. Law succeeds Richard T. Nasti (’78), who served as Chair from 1995 through June 2009.
The Stony Brook Council comprises ten members; the Governor of the State of New York appoints nine to seven-year terms, and one student member is elected in alternating years from among undergraduate and graduate students.
“Since I’m an alumnus and was very fond of my professors, this is a great way to give back to a place that helped get me where I am today,” said the 49 -year-old Law, who majored in political science and counts renowned faculty members Lee Koppelman, Helmut Norpoth, and Mark Schneider among his mentors.
“There is no reason that Stony Brook can’t continue to fulfill the original vision set forth by then Governor Rockefeller upon establishing the University to stand with the finest in the land,” said Law, citing the achievements made under the tenure of immediate past president Dr. Shirley Strum Kenny and the steps already being taken by new president Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr.
“I have already had several opportunities to consult and work with Kevin, and each time I came away impressed by his wise counsel, keen intellect, and far-reaching vision for Stony Brook,” said Stanley. “His passion for his alma mater is evident and contagious, and the respect and admiration he has in the community is well-earned. I’m confident that his leadership of the Council will result in significant achievement for the University.”
“I am very pleased by the appointment of Kevin Law,” said Richard Nasti, who is now serving as a board member of the Stony Brook Foundation. “Kevin is a successful alumnus who has a demonstrated commitment to Stony Brook. He will be an invaluable asset to Stony Brook as it continues its ascendancy in the ranks of major research universities.”
Law was appointed President and CEO of LIPA by unanimous vote of the Authority’s Board of Trustees in October 2007. Prior to his approval as President and CEO, he served as a LIPA trustee and Chairman of its Board beginning in January 2007.
Demonstrating keen vision and leadership in the areas of energy efficiency and renewable energy, Law launched Efficiency Long Island, the largest energy efficiency program for any public utility in the country; procured a 50MW solar energy project, the largest solar project in New York State; introduced “smart meters” on Long Island; and is exploring an offshore wind project with Con Edison, which could be the largest offshore wind project in the country.
Previously, Law served as Chief Deputy County Executive and General Counsel for Suffolk County. Prior to his tenure in Suffolk County, he was the managing partner of the Long Island office of Nixon Peabody LLP. Law has served as Director of Real Estate for the Suffolk County Department of Law; Assistant Suffolk County Executive for Planning, Housing, and Environmental Affairs; and also worked for the New York State Assembly.
Law sits on Governor David A. Paterson’s Renewable Energy Task Force and on his New York State Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Cabinet formed to manage the development of State and local infrastructure projects financed through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. He is also a Steering Committee member of the Alliance to Save Energy’s Clean and Efficient Energy Program for public power.
Law also serves on the boards of the Long Island Housing Partnership and the Advanced Energy Research Technology Center.