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Stanford Report, March 8, 2000

Committee searching for new dean seeks input  

Last week the committee searching for a new dean for the School of Medicine sent the following letter to all faculty at the School of Medicine. The committee is seeking input from the Stanford community by March 31. For more details on the search, see the article in the Feb. 23 issue of Medical Center Report

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Dean's Search Committee, a sincere "thank you" to those of you who already have shared your thoughts about what's needed in the person we're searching for.

The Committee has met several times to discuss the suggestions that we have received thus far and to reach agreement about the top priorities for our search. We already have met and communicated with several different groups interested in the search, and plan to continue the process of consultation in the coming weeks. Our discussions with our colleagues, specific suggestions from the faculty, and deliberations by the committee have permitted us to draft a list of professional and personal characteristics that we are seeking in the next Dean.

We share this information with you both to invite your comments on the criteria we have developed and to invite you to offer further nominations of individuals you feel meet these criteria. It will be most helpful to us if you could provide even a brief rationale for your nominations. Please send all comments and nominations to

The following represent the current criteria:

Professional Characteristics

  Personal Characteristics

Thank you again for your thoughts, suggestions and involvement in this very important process.

Steve Galli and John Hennessy
Co-Chairs of the Search Committee