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Presidential Inauguration Ceremony 2017

“If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together.”


This past Friday, 9/15/2017, marked the beginning of a new era in SUNY Downstate history. Dr. Wayne J. Riley was officially inaugurated as the new President of State University of New York Downstate by SUNY Board Chairman Carl H. McCall and SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson.

Notable speakers all expressed the a similar sentiment, Dr. Riley will make an outstanding President and his past experiences have provided him with the tools necessary to succeed in his new role.

“Given his unlimited talent and experience, Dr. Riley is the person to lead this transition”- H. Carl McCall on political climate transitions in Washington and the United States.

“You can not get anything better than a great, transparent community builder” – Chancellor Johnson on Dr. Riley’s character.

“Dr.Riley’s countless leadership experiences and skills have prepared him to excel in this new role” – Dr. Louis W. Sullivan

Perfection is not the goal, excellence is the goal, Dr. Wayne J. Riley set the tone for his term during his inaugural address. He exuded great pride in taking on this new role and stated Downstate is “the academic health science center of the American Dream.”

The Alumni Association congratulates President Riley on his inauguration.


Speakers included:

-SUNY Board Chairman Carl H. McCall -SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson -Eric L. Adams, Brooklyn Borough President -Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., President Stony Brook University -Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts, President, SUNY Old Westbury -Dr. Mark G. Stewart, Dean, Downstate School of Graduate Studies -Dr. Rauno O. Jok, Presiding President, Downstate Faculty and Staff Assembly -Abhimanyu Amarnani, President Downstate’s University Council -Dr. Darilyn V. Moyer, President, American College of Physicians – Dr. Darilyn V. Moyer, Executive Vice President an CEO, American College of Physicians -The Honorable Dr. Louis W. Sullivan,Former Secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and President Emeritus, Morehouse School of Medicine

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