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Dexter Bailey Appointed Senior Vice President for University Advancement

Dexter Bailey Appointed Senior Vice President for University Advancement

Dexter Bailey, Senior Vice President for University Advancement

STONY BROOK, NY, September 18, 2014 – Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., announced that Vice President forAdvancement, Dexter A. Bailey Jr., has been appointed Senior Vice President for Advancement effective immediately. Bailey’s promotion comes after much success during his three year tenure as Vice President, and in advance of the soon to be launched “most comprehensive fundraising campaign in the history of Stony Brook University,” according to Dr. Stanley.

Since Bailey joined Stony Brook, the now 60-person-strong Advancement Department has helped generate a total of $357 million which includes philanthropic activity in the areas of new gifts and pledges supporting student financial aid, campus life, faculty teaching and research, scientific and teaching laboratories, hospital and other University facilities. This effort has resulted in a return on investment of $45 for every dollar invested in Advancement.

“Under Dexter's leadership Stony Brook has improved its Advancement program tremendously at a crucial time in our history and that is why it is my pleasure to announce that Dexter has been appointed to Senior Vice President for Advancement,” said Dr. Stanley in an announcement to the campus community. “This new title reflects Dexter’s important work, and the way in which he has elevated the role of Advancement on the overall success of the University. Dexter’s new position as Senior Vice President will provide Advancement with the tools and access the department needs to engage in planning, growth and development of Stony Brook in a more strategic and impactful way.”

One of Bailey’s most significant contributions while at Stony Brook has been his role in managing the single most transformational gift in the history of Stony Brook University – a $150 million donation from Jim and Marilyn Simons and the Simons Foundation – which has been a catalyst for igniting donor enthusiasm, confidence and investment in the Stony Brook campus as a whole. Sparked by this generosity, the University Advancement office helped generate more than $232 million in new gifts and pledges to Stony Brook University by a wide range of donations.

“It is difficult to talk about any of the major enterprises on our campuses without considering the impact of University Advancement,” said Dr. Stanley. “These areas are vast and comprehensive: student aid and scholarships, facilities and new buildings, medicine programs and facilities, faculty endowment for recruitment and retention, research initiatives and researchers, marketing and communications programs and alumni initiatives – all critical parts of the fabric of Stony Brook University. The respective Advancement achievements in these areas are in lockstep with the University’s trajectory and I am confident that Dexter, in this new role, will lead us to even greater success.”

Bailey came to Stony Brook from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he served for five years as Vice President for Development and Alumni relations and managed a $4.1 million budget and a staff of 49 representing 17 academic departments and more than 32,000 alumni world-wide. Prior to WPI, Bailey directed external relations for intercollegiate athletics at the University of California, Berkeley, where he led the effort to raise $150 million in gifts and pledges for intercollegiate athletics -- the most successful fund-raising performance at the University during that time frame. Before joining Berkeley, he served as assistant dean for development and external relations at the University of Washington's School of Law and as assistant dean for development and alumni affairs for Ohio University's College of Education. Prior to that, he was press secretary for the Ohio House of Representatives. 

 "Philanthropy as a driving force for excellence has been the hallmark of every great university. I am privileged to be a part of President Stanley's leadership team and the powerful momentum he has created at Stony Brook University,” said Bailey. “Donor support for research, faculty scholarship and student access is essential. We have only begun to explore our true potential in fundraising and I am excited about the years to come.”

Bailey earned a BS in Journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University and an MBA from the University of Toledo. He and his wife, Angela, live in Stony Brook and are the parents of three young children. 

2011-14: Stony Brook University’s Fundraising Enterprise

-        19,520 new donors to SBU since 2011, committing more than $58,577,433 representing 36,535 gifts

-        Within the past four years overall 33,832 representing 133,063 donors gifts and $357,544,977 in commitments and outright gifts to SBU

-        14,191 alumni have given $14,814,295

-        1,638 non-alumni faculty and staff have contributed $5,073,816

-        $113,250,165 in commitments restricted for research, research related facilities, and academic excellence

-        $153,601,288 in commitments restricted for Stony Brook Medicine ($100 million from Simons gift for MART Building AND academic and research support)

-        $72,326,858 in commitments for academic programs

-        $17,304,971 in commitments for student financial aid

-        35 new chairs and professorships have been created campus wide

-        182 academic departments and centers have benefited; representing 359 new funds

About Stony Brook University

Part of the State University of New York system, Stony Brook University encompasses 200 buildings on 1,450 acres. Since welcoming its first incoming class in 1957, the University has grown tremendously, now with more than 25,000 students, 2,200 faculty and 20 NCAA Division I athletic programs. Its membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) places Stony Brook among the top 62 research institutions in North America. U.S. News & World Report ranks Stony Brook among the top 40 public universities in the nation and Kiplinger named it the 29th best value in public colleges for in-state students and 20th for out-of-state students. One of four University Center campuses in the SUNY system, Stony Brook University co-manages Brookhaven National Laboratory, putting it in an elite group of universities that run federal research and development laboratories. As the largest single-site employer on Long Island, Stony Brook is a driving force of the regional economy, with an annual economic impact of $4.65 billion, generating nearly 60,000 jobs, and accounts for nearly 4% of all economic activity in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and roughly 7.5 percent of total jobs in Suffolk County. 


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