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06/24/92

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Northrop executive named to new Stanford position

STANFORD -- Ann George, director of the business practices/ethics program at Northrop Corporation, has been appointed Stanford University's Compliance Support Officer, Chief Financial Officer Peter Van Etten announced.

George will report directly to Van Etten in a new position that was established as one of the primary recommendations of the Arthur Andersen & Co. "Report on Review of Indirect Controls Related to Federal Contracts and Grants," Van Etten said.

The review by the independent accounting firm was commissioned in response to the indirect-costs controversy. Andersen released its report on July 15, 1991. In an update released May 15, 1992, the accounting firm said of the compliance support officer position, "Stanford needs to fill this position with an appropriately qualified individual as quickly as possible."

The chief responsibility of the compliance support officer will be to facilitate compliance by all Stanford faculty, staff and students with laws and regulations regarding fiscal policies and procedures related to sponsored projects, Van Etten said.

To do so, he added, the officer will ensure that comprehensive training programs are developed for personnel associated with contract and grant activities, including the development and implementation of manuals, and written policies and procedures.

The appointment, which followed an extensive search, is effective June 29.

George's most recent position was at Northrop corporate headquarters in Los Angeles. She has a master's degree in communication and almost 20 years of experience in developing and implementing communications strategies and in employee relations.

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