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Stanton to become permanent head of Haas Center
STANFORD -- Timothy Stanton, Stanford alumnus and acting director of Stanford's Haas Center for Public Service since 1991, has been appointed permanent director, effective July 1, Vice Provost for Student Affairs Mary Edmonds has announced.
He succeeds Haas Center founding director Catherine Milton, who is now executive director of the Commission on National and Community Service in Washington, D.C.
Since joining the Haas Center as associate director in 1985, Stanton has been a key promoter of "service-learning" - the linkage of study in the classroom with volunteer work in the community.
He has written numerous articles on the subject and has worked with faculty and students at Stanford and nationally to develop and fund service-learning projects.
"With new quarters and broad support from students, staff and faculty, the Haas Center is poised to make strong contributions both to Stanford and to communities off campus," Stanton said.
"I am pleased to continue my leadership of the center and I extend my thanks to students and colleagues in the center and across campus who have who have supported our work these past few years."
Stanton, 45, received his bachelor's degree in English from Stanford in 1969, earned a teaching credential from St. Mary's College of California and a master's degree in interdisciplinary studies in education and human relations from San Francisco State University. He did further graduate work in human and organization development at the Fielding Institute in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Shortly after graduating from Stanford, he founded a model public service center called The Switching Yard, linking more than 500 Marin County youth annually with community organizations. The center was nationally recognized as an exemplary youth participation program by the National Commission on Resources for Youth.
From 1977 to 1985, Stanton served as director and lecturer in Cornell University's Human Ecology Field Study Office, an upper division, interdisciplinary social science field-study program that expanded from 45 to 245 students during his tenure.
At Stanford, Stanton will continue to supervise Haas Center staff, budgeting and fund-raising activities; he also will serve as a consultant to faculty and more than 40 student volunteer groups and university-administered programs, ranging from Stanford in Government to Upward Bound.
The Haas Center for Public Service was established in 1984 to serve as the focal point for local, national and international voluntary student efforts on campus. Currently, more than 70 percent of students are involved in some type of public service during their Stanford years.
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