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Stanford Report, August 9, 2000

New post, staff changes set for Office of President, Provost

Several staffing changes will take place in the Office of the President and Provost when Provost John Hennessy becomes Stanford's 10th president on Sept. 1.

Associate Provost Jeff Wachtel, who currently works closely with Hennessy, has been named to the newly created position of special assistant to the president and provost. Wachtel will provide advice and counsel to Hennessy and incoming Provost John Etchemendy, and will represent them to individuals and organizations both within and outside the university. His duties will include gathering information, recommending action or resolving issues as required. He will work on a broad range of issues involving faculty, students, staff, trustees and the community.

"Jeff brings a tremendous portfolio of skills to this new job. He has shown in a variety of roles at Stanford that he possesses great judgment on both academic and administrative matters," Hennessy said. "In the last few years, he has tackled difficult issues such as faculty housing and land use with a blend of thoughtfulness, imagination and commitment to building consensus. These qualities will serve Jeff -- and Stanford -- well as we face future challenges and opportunities."

Stephanie Kalfayan, associate director of the Institute for International Studies, will replace Wachtel as associate provost. She will serve as chief of staff for Etchemendy, providing advice and counsel and administrative support.

Jacqueline Wender, who has served as special assistant to the president under Gerhard Casper, has decided to pursue other opportunities at Stanford. A search is under way for a successor to serve under Hennessy.

"Jacqueline has brought keen insight, broad intelligence and remarkable analytical skills to the Office of the President," Casper said. "Her dedication and loyalty to Stanford are unparalleled and the university is a much better place for her efforts on its behalf. I feel fortunate to have worked so closely with her during these last few years. She has my deepest respect and personal gratitude as she moves on to new challenges at Stanford."

Hennessy plans to conduct an internal search for the assistant to the president position. That individual will provide administrative support and advice and counsel to the president; will manage the support staff responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Office of the President; and will perform specific duties and responsibilities assigned by Hennessy. SR