Search committee appointed to find next Hoover Institution director

The Hoover Institution bylaws outline the director search process, including the selection of a 10-member search committee. John Taylor will chair the committee.

A search committee has been appointed to seek a successor to Hoover Institution Director John Raisian, who has announced his intentions to depart the post next year.

Raisian, the Tad and Dianne Taube Director of the Hoover Institution, will have served at the helm for more than 25 years, having assumed his role in 1989. Raisian, an economist who has specialized in labor market and human resource issues nationally and internationally, will remain a Hoover Senior Fellow and pursue an agenda of research and writing pertaining to current public policy issues on an indefinite basis.

The Hoover Institution bylaws outline the director search process, including the selection of a 10-member search committee. The search committee will be chaired by Hoover Senior Fellow John Taylor, who will be joined by three additional senior fellows nominated from the group: John Cogan, Eric Hanushek and Amy Zegart.

The Hoover Board of Overseers appoints three of its own members to serve on the search committee, and they have been identified as Peyton Lake, Burt McMurtry and Joel Peterson. The committee also includes three university members appointed by President John Hennessy: Professors Mary Barth of the Graduate School of Business and George Triantis of the School of Law, and Dean Richard Saller from the School of Humanities and Sciences.

"The Hoover Search Committee will begin meeting this summer and through the fall, with the intention of forwarding nominees to the president in early 2015," Taylor said.

The Hoover bylaws direct the search committee to forward nominations to the Stanford president, who then recommends a candidate to the 120-member Hoover Board of Overseers for approval, and then to the Board of Directors of the Herbert Hoover Foundation for their approval. After those respective board approvals, the final recommendation is submitted to the Stanford Board of Trustees for the final approval and appointment.

A new director is expected to be in place by the beginning of the 2015-16 academic year.

The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, Stanford University, is a public policy research center devoted to the advanced study of economics, politics, history and political economy – both domestic and foreign – as well as international affairs. With its eminent scholars and world-renowned library and archives, the Hoover Institution seeks to improve the human condition by advancing ideas that promote economic opportunity and prosperity and secure and safeguard peace for America and all mankind.