Michael Bernstein, who has been serving as Interim President of Stony Brook University since August 1, 2019, will continue his tenure as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, effective July 1, 2020.
“I deeply appreciate the strong leadership Michael has demonstrated as Interim President,” said President-Elect Maurie McInnis. “During this especially difficult time, he has met the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic with empathy and decisive action.”
“Michael’s willingness to remain at Stony Brook for up to a year maintains continuity and ensures the stability of the planning process for the upcoming academic year,” she said.
Bernstein was appointed Stony Brook University Provost in October 2016. As Provost, he oversaw numerous initiatives aimed at supporting the University’s missions in research, scholarship, art-making, and teaching. He laid special emphasis on measures enhancing diversity and inclusion.
Bernstein came to Stony Brook from Tulane University, where he served as the John Christie Barr Professor of History and Economics and Provost and Chief Academic Officer from 2007 through 2016.
Professor Bernstein’s teaching and research interests focus on the economic and political history of the United States, macroeconomic theory, industrial organization economics, and the history of economic theory.