The Debrief

Debrief: Big stage, challenges for sonic Boomgaarden

For his next number, Donald Boomgaarden is playing way past Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” (an aria plus 30 riffs, mastered years ago). The longtime concert pianist became St. Joseph’s College’s eighth president in July 2017, high note (so far) of a crescendo career soaring from the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music (master’s and doctoral degrees) to the Harvard Institute for Management and Leadership to the University of Salzburg’s Institut für Musikwissenschaft, part of a…

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Debrief: He’s Keith Hernandez

Though a particular fandom knows him best for a brief but bright cameo on the classic sitcom “Seinfeld” (26 years ago!), millions still revere Keith Hernandez as a field general and the steadiest bat of the world champion 1986 New York Mets. Millions more know him now as part of the Metropolitans’ highly regarded broadcasting team, and Hernandez – who collected 11 Gold Glove Awards, five All-Star Selections, two World Series titles and a National…


Debrief: One year in, NYIT Prez Foley sees LI’s promise

Decades of high-level experience in university-based research and strategic planning, including 10 months at the helm of the New York Institute of Technology, infuse everything Hank Foley says about higher education and its role in the larger socioeconomic scheme. Foley, who succeeded former provost and interim NYIT President Rahmat Shoureshi in June 2017 and was “officially installed” last month, came to New York from the University of Missouri system, where the longtime executive VP (and…


Debrief: CSHL’s Whiteley fills shoes, answers needs

A seasoned veteran of scientific- and medical-research commercialization, Andrew Whiteley stepped up this month to take over Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s technology-transfer operations from Teri Willey, who served five years as CSHL’s vice president of business development and technology transfer and is off to her next adventure, running an Indiana-based VC fund. Whiteley, who in 2015 was named the laboratory’s first-ever Executive in Residence, assumes control of a dedicated team focused on licensing, business formation,…


Debrief: In San Diego, a socioeconomic blueprint for LI

From Innovate LI’s San Diego office… (no, just kidding, we wish). But indeed from San Diego comes a regional innovation saga with surprisingly familiar themes. You might not think it at first blush, but California’s San Diego County and Long Island have lots in common: a crippling 20th century departure by the aerospace industry, a strong university-based innovation pulse, healthy tourism numbers and more. The difference between the two economies is in the timing –…


Debrief: Howard Schneider sticks to the facts

News flash: Howard Schneider knows journalism. From his 1967 master’s degree at the Columbia Journalism School to his 35 years as a Newsday reporter and editor to adjunct teaching positions at Queens College and (since 1980) Stony Brook University, the Long Island legend has cemented a legacy of journalistic integrity and know-how. Now, in an era defined by “fake news” and “alternative facts,” the dean of SBU’s circa-2006 School of Journalism – still the only…


Debrief: Red flags, high hopes from Master Faltischek

When Innovate LI last debriefed Long Island Angel Network Chairman Michael Faltischek in May 2015, the LIAN already boasted a significant legacy: 600-plus financing applications reviewed, in excess of $5 million in investments brokered. Less than three years later, the network – which arranges investments but doesn’t make them – has reviewed another hundred-plus applications and negotiated upwards of $30 million in private investments. Meanwhile, at the senior partner’s Uniondale-based law firm Ruskin Moscou Faltischek,…