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Kevin H. Gardner Named SBU Vice President for Research

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Kevin gardnerKevin H. Gardner, former executive vice president for research and innovation at the University of Louisville, has been appointed vice president for research at Stony Brook University, effective August 1, 2024.

Gardner will report to Stony Brook University President Maurie McInnis, who made the announcement on May 6.

In this role, Gardner will be the senior executive overseeing the development and stewardship of the university’s research and economic development enterprise. He will also serve as Stony Brook’s operations manager of the Research Foundation for the State University of New York, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit education corporation established to service the administrative activities related to sponsored research.

The vice president for research is considered the university’s chief research officer/senior academic administrator, responsible for the campus-wide advancement of the university’s research, scholarship and creative activity mission. Gardner will also oversee all services to the university provided by the Research Foundation of the State University of New York looking to benefit the state, nation and world.

“Throughout his expansive career, Kevin has demonstrated exceptional leadership fostering interdisciplinary research, mentoring junior faculty in research excellence, and advocating to advance innovation, creative activities, entrepreneurship and economic development,” said McInnis. “He deeply understands the importance of supporting faculty and innovative projects with multiple PIs and embraces the profound ways research universities can, and do, impact society. I know that Stony Brook will benefit greatly from his collaborative style and approach to reaching across institutions and industries to find new, innovative ways to apply knowledge and discoveries to real-world issues.”

Prior to working at the University of Louisville, Gardner was the vice provost for research at the University of New Hampshire where he also was a professor of civil and environmental engineering. He also served as the state director of the New Hampshire Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Program. In addition, Gardner served as the George B. Mayer Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve University, and taught at Hofstra University.

“It is an incredibly exciting time at Stony Brook University and I am thrilled to be joining this university at this time,” said Gardner. “There is tremendous opportunity for Stony Brook to increase its impact in the world through new knowledge generation, new ways of understanding our world and new ways of applying that knowledge and understanding to make the world a better place. Stony Brook has a mission as the state’s flagship institution to create this impact and to be known nationally and internationally for the impact the university’s faculty and students make. I am committed to advancing, recognizing and celebrating all the ways that the university’s faculty, clinicians, staff and students create and make a positive impact in the world every day and will work tirelessly to support them in their work.”

Gardner earned his PhD and MS at Clarkson University and his BS from Union College. He also has his individual professional registration as a professional engineer in the State of Ohio.

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