Yale University's Richard Shaw hired as new dean of admission and financial aid

Richard Shaw

Richard H. Shaw

Richard H. Shaw, dean of undergraduate admissions and financial aid at Yale University, has been named Stanford's new dean of admission and financial aid, effective Sept. 1.

Stanford Provost John Etchemendy announced the appointment today. Shaw's appointment is the result of a nationwide search that began shortly after former Dean Robin Mamlet announced in September 2004 that she would be leaving her post effective June 2005.

"Rick Shaw offers proven experience in several areas of vital importance to Stanford, including creating a diverse student body," said Etchemendy. "He also knows the challenges involved in selective admissions, in making the case for the liberal arts and for ensuring that higher education is accessible to everyone."

Shaw has led Yale's undergraduate admissions and financial aid office since 1993. He is a nationally recognized leader in undergraduate admission, combining experience in both private and public institutions.

"I have been respectfully aware of Stanford's exceptional educational opportunities for my entire career," he said. "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join the community, especially the admission and financial aid staff, and excited to work with faculty, staff and students to develop outreach and admissions programs. Identifying and selecting the Stanford incoming class is one of the best opportunities in the country, and I look forward to the challenge."

Prior to joining Yale, Shaw served as director of admissions at the University of Michigan from 1988 to 1993, associate director of admissions and records at the University of California-Berkeley from 1983 to 1988 and in various admission and residence positions at the University of Colorado-Boulder from 1972 to 1981.

He is a member of—and has served in leadership positions for—several national admission groups, including the College Board, American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, Consortium on Financing Higher Education and National Association of College Admissions Counselors. He holds a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth and a master's degree in college student personnel, guidance and counseling from the School of Education at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Like Stanford, Yale attracts high-achieving students from throughout the world who are gifted in many areas. Both schools have low admit rates and high rates of matriculation among students who are admitted. Stanford and Yale are both need-blind, admitting students based on achievement and ability and without regard to their ability to pay. Both schools offer comprehensive, need-based financial aid programs. And like Stanford, Yale recently introduced a "Single-Choice Early Action" program to help reduce the amount of stress experienced by students applying to college. Under both programs, students may still apply regular decision to other schools before making a final decision.

Shaw's duties at Stanford will encompass many of the same duties he performed at Yale, including serving as the final authority on all admission decisions for undergraduate students. He will report directly to the provost.

The search committee for the position consisted of Etchemendy; Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education John Bravman; faculty members Steve Sano, Brad Osgood, Judy Goldstein, Godfrey Mungal, Hazel Markus and Adina Paytan; Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Stephanie Kalfayan; and student Eric Shih. (Shih has since graduated.)

"Rick Shaw impressed us with his broad experience, his deep commitment to building the most effective admissions and financial aid effort in the country, and his genuine desire to move to Stanford," Bravman said. "While appreciative and respectful of all that we have already achieved, Rick has many new ideas on how better to engage alumni and faculty in our recruitment and yield programs—programs that were particularly of interest to the search committee."

Shaw will be returning to the west with his wife Delphine Red Shirt. The couple has three children, Justin, Megan and Kirsten.