Maurie McInnis, B.A., ’90 M.A., ’96 Ph.D.
Maurie McInnis is president of Stony Brook University, a public research university on Long Island, New York; her previous leadership in higher education includes serving as executive vice president and provost of the University of Texas at Austin and as vice provost for academic affairs at the University of Virginia.
As the sixth president of Stony Brook University (SBU), Ms. McInnis is well versed in the imperatives of higher education. In her presidential role, she is building SBU’s research, teaching, and healthcare missions while remaining committed to expanding educational opportunities for under-served and first-generation college students. Ms. McInnis also oversees Stony Brook Medicine, Long Island’s premier academic medical center, which encompasses five health sciences schools, four hospitals, and over two hundred community-based healthcare settings and an operating budget in excess of $2 billion. From 2016 to 2020, Ms. McInnis was a professor, provost, and executive vice president at the University of Texas at Austin, where she oversaw academic programs spanning the university’s libraries, museums, and eighteen colleges and schools. After earning her bachelor’s degree with highest distinction from the University of Virginia in 1988, Ms. McInnis earned master’s and Ph.D. degrees at Yale in the 1990s. She was a faculty member at James Madison University for two years before joining the faculty of the University of Virginia, where she served in a variety of academic roles, ultimately as vice provost for academic affairs. Ms. McInnis, a multi-award-winning author and cultural historian of the American South, is the author or co-author of five books highlighting the interplay between politics and art in American history. She was named a successor trustee in 2022.