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Stanford Report, October 18, 2000

1992-2000: The Casper Years

Gerhard Casper was recruited in 1992 from the University of Chicago, where he was Provost.

During his eight years as president of Stanford, Casper's concerns ranged from resolution (of the indirect cost dispute with the federal government) to restoration (of the campus after the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake) to preservation (of Stanford's greatest strengths, its faculty and students) to innovation (in curriculum, programs and physical plant).

His Commission on Undergraduate Education was the first comprehensive examination of undergraduate education at Stanford in 25 years.

As a fundraiser, Casper brought in record sums from a variety of sources. At right, he implored members of the class of '99 to contribute to the Senior Gift.

photo courtesy Stanford Daily

A major part of Casper's legacy is his success in raising funds and overseeing the restoration and construction of campus landmarks and new buildings. The Stanford Museum -- destroyed in the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake -- was reborn as the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts (bottom). Green Library, also damaged in the 1989 quake, was resurrected last autumn (top).

View a slideshow chronicling Casper's time as president of Stanford.

photos: L.A. Cicero