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STANFORD -- Raymond F. Bacchetti has been permanently appointed vice president for planning and management, a position he has held on an acting basis since October 1990. Trustees approved the action Sept. 17.
Provost James N. Rosse said the change reflected Bacchetti's strong performance and the addition of new responsibilities. Bacchetti recently took over facilities-related functions from Su Schaffer, vice president for administrative resources.
Bacchetti said the new duties marry the general planning and management support provided by his staff with the hands-on work done by 10 units consolidated under Associate Vice President Dennis Culp. These include about 285 people, with budgets totaling $51 million, in such areas as maintenance, facilities project management, utilities, the shops and engineering services.
The facilities staff members "handle fundamentally important work, they are very good at what they do, and they are working well and hard at making the most of the difficult opportunity that the current budget problem presents," Bacchetti said.
He and his staff also provide support to the provost for the operating and capital budgets, and other planning efforts.
Bacchetti joined the university in 1960, moving up from assistant dean of humanities and sciences through a variety of roles in the Provost's Office, eventually becoming the top nonacademic staff officer.
In 1982, he was named recipient of the Kenneth M. Cuthbertson Award for exceptional service to the university.
In presenting the award, President Donald Kennedy recognized Bacchetti for "his relentless energy and unstinting integrity" and for "the time he manages to find to be teacher, friend and quiet healer - a role in which he has, over nearly two decades, created a legion of secret beneficiaries."
Off campus, Bacchetti is chairman of the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the accrediting group for California and Hawaii. He is a director of the Student Loan Marketing Association, a financial corporation that provides credit in support of student loans and college and university facilities financing.
He has served on the board of education of the Palo Alto Unified School District and now is a trustee of the Foothill-DeAnza Community College District.
A teacher at heart -- with brief experience in elementary schoolrooms - Bacchetti has served as a part-time lecturer in the School of Education. He also has taught workshops on higher education management in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and England.
Bacchetti earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Rutgers in 1956 and 1959. He earned a doctorate in education at Stanford in 1968.
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