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09/17/91

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Committee to identify Stanford's next president by spring/summer

STANFORD -- A predominantly faculty and trustee committee will be named in the next four weeks to identify Stanford University's next president by spring or summer 1992.

The search is to find Stanford's ninth president and the successor to Donald Kennedy, who on July 29 announced he would resign effective Aug. 31, 1992.

The Stanford Board of Trustees on Tuesday, Sept. 17, unanimously accepted the search process recommended by its ad hoc committee.

That process will include:

  • A 15-to-18-member Trustee-Faculty Presidential Selection Committee. Students, staff and alumni also will be represented on the committee.
  • Appointment by James C. Gaither, president of the board, of the committee members after wide consultation with trustees; faculty leadership, including the Advisory Board and the faculty senate's Committee on Committees; alumni; staff; students; and other interested parties.
  • An extensive national search, with the committee making its recommendation to the full Board of Trustees, which has responsibility for the final decision.

"The choice of a single committee with diverse membership from all branches of the Stanford family reflects the board's intention to have a united, inclusive search," Gaither said.

The ad hoc committee that recommended the process was appointed by Gaither on Aug. 8 and was chaired by Dr. Linda Hawes Clever, a Stanford trustee. It included trustees and faculty members, and, as consultants, alumni and student representatives. The board said the ad hoc committee had met intensively for the past month and had consulted broadly with the Stanford community.

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