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Stanford Report, January 5, 2000

Nominations for 10th president to close Jan. 14

The Presidential Search Committee has set Jan. 14 as the deadline for submitting names of candidates to succeed President Gerhard Casper.

The committee, chaired by Trustee James R. Ukropina and co-chaired by philosophy Professor John Etchemendy, is scheduled to submit its top nominees to the Board of Trustees for a decision by the end of the academic year.

The committee has been actively soliciting nominations and advice, according to Donna Lawrence, executive vice chair for the group. A letter has been sent to all alumni, and advertisements have run in the national and international press.

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Members of the search committee have met informally with representatives of the Faculty Senate, and Etchemendy has sent a mailing to all faculty members seeking nominees. Committee members also have met with various campus officials, Lawrence said.

This month, public meetings will be scheduled to hear from students, staff and the campus community, she said. Committee members also will continue to meet with groups of faculty, alumni, students, staff and academic leaders across the country.

According to the letter sent to alumni, the committee hopes "to ensure an inclusive and responsive search that will consider the very best and most diverse set of nominees from both our campus and elsewhere."

They seek nominees who "are distinguished leaders with experience at large, complex academic institutions, and who have strong records of accomplishment . . . nominees who are capable of preserving and enhancing Stanford's unique strengths and furthering its commitment to excellence, innovation, and diversity."

Nominations should be sent to the search committee, care of Donna Lawrence, executive vice chair, Stanford Presidential Search Committee, P.O. Box 60190, Palo Alto, CA 94306-0190. They also can be sent by e-mail to or by fax to (650) 723-7200. SR