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4/17/03

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Sally Dickson, former director of campus relations, to return to campus; new post to focus on faculty, graduate student diversity

Sally Dickson, former director of campus relations, has been appointed associate vice provost for faculty development and associate dean of humanities and sciences. Dickson, who left Stanford in 2000 to become vice president for institutional equity at Duke University, will return to Stanford July 1.

"I am just delighted that Sally is returning to Stanford," said Provost John Etchemendy. "She knows our community well and will play a key role in our efforts to enhance diversity."

Dickson will work under the general direction of Pat Jones, vice provost for faculty development, and Sharon Long, dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences.

As associate vice provost for faculty development, Dickson will establish and manage a faculty recruitment office that will focus on recruitment and retention of a diverse faculty. This portion of her position will be funded by part of a three-year $1.5 million grant Stanford was recently awarded by the James Irvine Foundation as part of the foundation's Campus Diversity Initiative.

"It's wonderful that we have the opportunity to bring Sally back to Stanford in a position that will help us achieve these important goals for the university," Jones said. "These certainly are areas in which she has tremendous expertise, from her previous work both at Stanford and at Duke."

As associate dean of humanities and sciences, Dickson will focus on faculty recruitment and retention in H&S as well as work with student services staff on diversity issues as they relate to graduate students in the school.

"Diversity is essential to excellence. For H&S the broadest school and the one most responsible for basic scholarship diversity of field, of perspective and of background are critical if we are to continue as a premier academic institution," said Long. "I am very pleased that we have recruited Sally Dickson as a senior leader who will assist me as dean in improving diversity of all kinds in faculty recruiting. She will help us foster an environment at Stanford that is attractive to and supportive of a diverse and highly accomplished faculty."

Dickson has held several posts at Stanford. She served as associate dean of student affairs at the Law School from 1988 until 1995, when she was named director of the Office for Multicultural Development. In 1997 her title was changed to director of campus relations and her role expanded to include the supervision of the Office for Multicultural Development, the Sexual Harassment Policy Office, the WorkLife Office, the Ombuds Office and the Help Center.

"I am delighted to return to Stanford and to colleagues with whom I have shared many years," said Dickson. "Stanford continues to be a leader among higher education institutions on matters of diversity, and this new position is yet another example of its creativity, willingness and commitment to develop new approaches to the recruitment and retention of graduate students and faculty of color."

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