President, Hofstra University
Since taking over as president of Hofstra University in 2000, Stuart Rabinowitz hasn’t limited himself to academic matters.
He has served as a co-chairman of the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council since Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched it in 2011. Cuomo also named Rabinowitz to the state’s siting board for casino expansion, another top economic development priority for the governor. Rabinowitz also serves on the Long Island Association board.
And on the academic front, he launched the National Center for Suburban Studies, and continues to position Hofstra as “a school that serves first-generation college students.” The school has also raised its national profile during his tenure, most notably by hosting a presidential debate on campus three election cycles in a row.
President, Stony Brook University
Since its founding in 1957, Stony Brook University has developed into a top-notch research institution – and Dr. Samuel Stanley is continuing to build on that hard-earned reputation.
A point of pride for the SUNY system, the school is highly ranked on many lists, has won major research grants and is a top employer on Long Island, generating an estimated $4.7 billion annually in regional economic impact. As a member of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Long Island Regional Economic Development Council, Stanley has placed an emphasis on supporting projects related to the smart grid, energy storage, renewable energy and biotechnology.
In 2013, the school launched an innovative program for third-graders from low-income neighborhoods, and he and his wife established scholarships for lower-income students who aspire to be physician-scientists.
Chairman, Long Island University Global Institute
Steve Israel has long driven the conversation on Long Island as a congressman, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman and even a novelist. In January, he retired from Congress after 16 years, but his work isn’t complete. Israel is still influencing Long Island politics on campus, instead of on Capitol Hill.
Israel is the new chairman of the Long Island University Global Institute, which aims to bring foreign policy experts to campus and offer resources for students. Whether publishing opinion pieces for The New York Times, contributing to CNN or sharing his thoughts on Twitter, Israel uses his writing to stay involved with the big political issues. As an educator and author, he’s still leading Long Island’s most important conversations.
President and CEO, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Cancer affects millions of people each year and is a leading cause of death in the U.S. Bruce Stillman’s lifework is to stop this.
He is also the president and CEO of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a top-ranked molecular biology and genetics research center with a staff of more than 600 researchers and technicians.
The Australian native has been at CSHL since coming on as a postdoctoral fellow in 1979. He had big shoes to fill when he took over as director in 1994, replacing James Watson, the Nobel laureate for his work co-discovering DNA’s double helix.
Stillman, one of the top cancer researchers in the world, has built on Watson’s work while studying the process of DNA replication and its effects on cancer.
Laboratory Director, Brookhaven National Laboratory
The Brookhaven National Laboratory is a world-class facility known for everything from basic scientific research to energy and nuclear physics research to the commercialization of technologies.
Doon Gibbs, who became director of the U.S. Department of Energy laboratory on Long Island in 2013, previously held various positions there, starting off as an assistant physicist in 1983, advancing to the managerial board and becoming deputy laboratory director of science and technology in 2007. Over the years, Gibbs has facilitated the growth of basic energy science programs, and the construction of the new Center for Functional Nanomaterials and the Interdisciplinary Science Building. Additionally, he oversees the laboratory’s 3,000 employees, more than 4,000 facility users and an annual budget exceeding $600 million.