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Dean of Students Marc Wais leaves Stanford for VP post at New York University; Chris Griffith to step in as acting dean

Dean of Students Marc Wais announced he is leaving Stanford in March to take up the post of vice president of student affairs at New York University.

Wais leaves the Farm for the Big Apple after more than seven years as dean. During his tenure Wais has been responsible for numerous innovations, including establishing the Graduate Student Programming Board, upgrading the computer clusters in all six community centers, renovating Tresidder Union, creating the Acts of Intolerance Advisory Group and, in partnership with the Associated Students, starting the Stanford After Midnight program. With his wife, Sue, he also has served as a resident fellow in all-frosh Junipero House.

“I make this decision with very mixed feelings. Stanford has always meant much more than a job to me,” Wais said in a note to colleagues Jan. 17.

He said he was excited about his future opportunities. “As the chief student affairs officer at the country’s largest private institution, with over 40,000 students, I will be responsible for all aspects of student life, ranging from a housing and dining operation serving over 12,500 students to the university’s 20-sport intercollegiate athletic program.”

Gene Awakuni, vice provost for student affairs, said Wais’ “energy and enthusiasm will be missed, but I am excited for his opportunity at NYU. I think he will do an outstanding job for them.”

Wais’ last day at Stanford will be March 28. Christine Griffith, associate dean and director of graduate life, will serve as acting dean until a permanent successor is named.

Griffith has worked at Stanford since 1980 and became assistant director of graduate residences in 1985, director of graduate residences in 1992 and her present position in 1999.

"I appreciate Gene's confidence in my ability to serve undergraduate and graduate students here at Stanford. I'm looking forward to working closely with staff in the Dean of Students Office who I know are talented, hard working and dedicated," Griffith said.



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