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Politics and Public Higher Education in New York State

Stony Brook – A Case History


Sidney Gelber

New York was the last state in the Union to create in 1948 a state-supported system of higher education, and Stony Brook became its first comprehensive University Center formed de novo in 1957, joining with the other state universities in democratizing higher education. This book probes the political conditions and bureaucratic actions that contributed to Stony Brook’s struggle to emerge as a major research university, gaining international pre-eminence.
The Author: Sidney Gelber, Distinguished Service Professor and Leading Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Stony Brook, earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from Columbia University in 1954. Academic Vice President/Provost Emeritus at Stony Brook, he has received the Stony Brook University Medal and honorary doctorates from institutions in this country and abroad. Co-editor of the Western Civilization and Man and Contemporary Society series, Gelber has participated in symposia on changing configurations of higher education in a democratic society.