Maurie McInnis is the sixth president of Stony Brook University. She joined the institution in July 2020. She is also a professor in the Department of History, and affiliate professor with the Department of Africana Studies and the Department of Art. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia with highest distinction in 1988. She then received a Master of Arts degree (1990), a Master of Philosophy (1993), and a Ph.D. (1996) from Yale University. Prior to arrival at Stony Brook, McInnis served as Executive Vice President and Provost at the University of Texas at Austin from 2016-2020. Before that, she held a variety of positions at the University of Virginia, including: Vice-Provost for Academic Affairs (2013-2016), Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Programs for the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (2010-2012), and Director of American Studies (2006-2009). President McInnis is a renowned scholar who brings to Stony Brook her humanist values as a cultural historian of the 19th-Century American South. She believes that institutes of higher learning should use their expertise and influence to address major societal problems. As such, she is deeply committed to the mission of public research universities. As Stony Brook’s chief executive, she oversees the university and Stony Brook Medicine, Long Island’s premier academic medical center, which encompasses five health sciences schools, four hospitals, and 200 community-based healthcare settings.