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Falcon to direct International Studies institute
STANFORD -- Prof. Walter Falcon, director of the Food Research Institute and senior associate dean of humanities and sciences, has been named director of Stanford University's Institute for International Studies.
Dean of Research Robert L. Byer said Falcon was chosen after a two-month search by a committee headed by A. Michael Spence, dean of the Graduate School of Business.
"We looked at a number of candidates," Byer said Tuesday, June 4. Falcon, he said, "has a clear understanding of the university and how the university processes work, as well as a clear understanding of international issues."
Byer also cited Falcon's demonstrated organizational ability, communication skills and management ability.
Falcon was appointed for a four-year term. He will remain director of the Food Research Institute for the time being, Byer said, but will step down this summer as senior associate dean of humanities and sciences.
"My entire career has been devoted to international issues, particularly involving the Third World," Falcon said. "I want to help internationalize this university -- that's something that is terribly, terribly important."
University President Emeritus Richard W. Lyman, who founded the Institute for International Studies in 1988, in January announced that he would retire as director, effective Aug. 31.
"I've known Wally ever since he came to Stanford in 1972," Lyman said. "He's ideally suited to take on this responsibility."
Under Lyman, the institute has played a major role at Stanford, acting as an umbrella organization for all academic and research programs and centers that address international issues.
Research programs include the Northeast Asia-United States Forum on International Policy, the Center for International Security and Arms Control, the Americas Program and the Stanford Japan Center-Research, located in Kyoto. The institute also oversees teaching programs and five area centers: for African, East Asian, European, Latin American, and Russian and East European studies.
In late January, the institute held the first meeting of its advisory council, a group of current and former world leaders in the fields of government, business and academia. The advisory council is chaired by George Shultz, former secretary of state and now a distinguished fellow at the Hoover Institution and Jack Steele Parker Professor of International Economics at the Graduate School of Business.
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