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No. 533: On Donkey Kong, Arctic atmospheres and Neptune – plus, Hollywood on the North Shore

  Fall for you: Rejoice, autumnal aficionados – the season of plunging temperatures, pumpkin-spice everything and full-on political dementia has arrived. Yes, it’s Sept. 23 on Long Island and around Planet Earth – not only the Wednesday midpoint of this latest busy workweek, but the first full day of Fall 2020. So grab a sweater and let’s rock. Stick it to them: Don’t be a jerky. Actually, go ahead – Sept. 23 is National Snack…


SUNY looks inward, taps ex-policy wonk as chancellor

By GREGORY ZELLER // After a relatively brief search for a successor to former Chancellor Kristina Johnson, SUNY has found its new head honcho – inside SUNY. Jim Malatras is more a veteran of Albany’s corridors of power than the State University of New York system – his résumé includes director of state operations and deputy secretary for policy management under Gov. Andrew Cuomo – though he is the first SUNY graduate to take the…


Chancellor’s resignation, amid pandemic, stuns SUNY

By GREGORY ZELLER // State University of New York Chancellor Kristina Johnson has announced her resignation, stepping down to become the new president of The Ohio State University. Johnson, who became the 13th SUNY chancellor in April 2017 and played a key role in SUNY’s comprehensive response to 2017’s hurricane devastation in Puerto Rico, was unanimously approved as president Wednesday by the OSU Board of Trustees. She becomes the university’s 16th president, succeeding Ohio State…


No. 487: A new academic president, an old telephonic precedent, and innovation saves the world, once again

  Breathe easy: Another workweek under COVID-19’s cruel lash comes to an indistinct end, dear readers, as Friday arrives and another homebound weekend begins. Yes, the kids are going cave-happy and the only thing that seems to change day-to-day is the primetime TV lineup, but consider this silver lining: With fewer planes, trains and automobiles buzzing about, air quality is rapidly improving around the world. Front-row seat: It’s March 27 out there, which is of…


No. 416: An SBU president, a Habitat Suffolk milestone, and raising a Glassdoor to Island CEOs

  Spring forward: And maybe add a somersault, dear readers, as we vault into summer – and leap into the waiting arms of another well-earned weekend. It’s Friday, June 21, and to our readers in the Southern Hemisphere, bundle up. The solstice with the mostess: Of course, that means it’s the summer solstice for us northerners – the longest day of the year (daylight-wise), New Year’s Day (for ancient Egyptians) and chock full of other…


See you in September (not): Stanley stuns SBU, SUNY

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Didn’t See That Coming file comes the sudden departure of Stony Brook University President Samuel Stanley Jr., who has resigned his position and will step down July 31. Stanley, who become SBU’s fifth president in July 2009, will become the 21st president of Michigan State University, according to several news reports. His decision – which follows a decade-long tenure ripe with physical expansion and award-winning faculty research – has…


‘Quintessential’ leader McCall retires from SUNY board

By GREGORY ZELLER // With some 50 appointed university and college presidents and two appointed chancellors under his belt, H. Carl McCall is taking a victory lap. The chairman of the State University of New York Board of Trustees announced his retirement this week, after 12 years on the board and eight as its chair. The 83-year-old icon – a former New York state comptroller under Gov. Mario Cuomo, New York State Senator from Manhattan…