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When Stony Brook University and Stony Brook Medicine brought Southampton Hospital into their network in 2017, the vision of a new, state-of-the-art hospital on the Stony Brook Southampton campus in Shinnecock Hills was a marquee component of the partnership.
It’s an exciting time for Stony Brook University, Dr. Maurie McInnis is happy to point out. The sixth president of the university, who arrived in July 2020, spent most of the first part of her new tenure simply guiding the campus through the COVID pandemic and all the unique challenges of the time. Today, she’s ready to think about the future.
The Simons Foundation previously made headlines in June 2022 when it donated $500 million to Stony Brook University, which is part of the State University of New York system.
Matthew Gustafson, 23, is a part-time campus resident and student in the MFA Creative Writing and Literature program at Stony Brook Southampton who says “I split my time between campus and my parents’ home. I came into Stony Brook last fall with aspirations on writing a lot of poetry, and picked up novel writing along the way.”
Over the summer, the foundation also gifted $500 million to Stony Brook University, which is part of SUNY, with the organization saying at the time it was the largest-ever unrestricted donation to any university in the country. It was made as part of another state program introduced by Hochul that created a matching fund for SUNY endowment contributions.
Frank Roethel, director of Stony Brook University’s Waste Reduction and Management Institute, also expects the private sector, including businesses like the county’s 110 Sand & Gravel, will likely step in to provide recycling and transfer capacity in the interim. He cautioned that trucking waste off Long Island would likely be inefficient for some, given limited destinations within range.
The donation is coming from the Simons Foundation, set up by James and Marilyn Simons. Simons was the chairman of the mathematics department at the State University at Stony Brook (now Stony Brook University) before starting a hedge fund management firm, and Marilyn, his wife, is a Stony Brook alumna. Forbes ranked him 49th among the world’s billionaires in 2023, with $28.1 billion.
James “Jamie” Konopka, Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University, is working to find the mechanism that enables C. albicans to resist attack by the immune system. His long term goal is to identify ways to make the fungus more vulnerable to immune defenses.
Since 1963, a sprawling 84-acre stretch of Shinnecock Hills has had a college presence, first as Southampton College, then, starting in 2006, as the Southampton campus of Stony Brook University. Over the years, some things have stayed the same — the campus is a focal point for marine science and a bastion of the arts — but the vision for its future has varied. Today, Stony Brook has plans to build a new $300 million hospital on the site, which could spark a new era for the campus. In the meantime, the condition of some buildings have critics crying foul and worrying about Stony Brook’s vision — or lack thereof. Several key leaders from the Stony Brook University administration joined Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., a key critic of the state of the campus, State Senator Anthony Palumbo, and former U.S. Representative Tim Bishop, a former Southampton College provost, to discuss the present and future of Stony Brook Southampton.