Long Island University Board of Trustees Passes Resolution to Negotiate Agreement with Stony Brook University for Sale of Southampton College Campus
Paola Curcio-Kleinman,Associate Vice President for Marketing and Public Relations
Long Island University
Brookville, N.Y. – During its annual retreat held today, the Board of Trustees of Long Island University passed a resolution authorizing the Chairman of the Board and the President of the University to continueongoing discussions with Stony Brook University for the sale of the 82-acre Southampton College Campus. The vote follows on the heels of a similar action taken earlier this week by the SUNY Board of Trustees, authorizing Stony Brook to move forward with the negotiation process.
The ongoing discussions between the two universities will entail working through the details of an agreement allowing the sale of the premises to Stony Brook, while enabling Long Island University to continue to operate several graduate programs including Teacher Education, the M.F.A. in English & Writing and the new Homeland Security Advanced Certificate program on the campus, in addition to the continuation of broadcasts by WLIU 88.3 F.M., Long Island University’s Public Radio flagship station, from its home base in Chancellors Hall.
“We are delighted to be able to move forward in our negotiations with Stony Brook University and to continue to fulfill the pledges we made in June of last year when the Board decided to transfer the undergraduate programs at Southampton College to the C.W. Post Campus,” said Edward Travaglianti, Chairman of Long Island University’s Board of Trustees. “The fulfillment of these pledges include the assignment of virtually all full-time Southampton faculty members to the C.W. Post or Brooklyn Campuses, the successful takeover of our Marine Science program by Stony Brook University, and the transferring and acclimatization of 215 Southampton College students who are currently pursing Southampton degrees at the C.W. Post Campus and an additional 71 who are completing C.W. Post degrees at that Campus,” he continued.
“We are encouraged that the SUNY Board has privately and publicly expressed their support for the transaction. The possible sale of the campus to Stony Brook will further Long Island University’s goal of ensuring that it is used for educational and cultural purposes,” he concluded.
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