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Presidential search committee gathering nominations, advice

STANFORD -- From advertising in the New York Times to open letters to the Stanford community, from telephone conversations with national leaders to in-person interviews with campus groups, Stanford University's presidential search committee is "casting as wide a net as possible" in search of advice and nominations, executive vice chair Jean Fetter said.

"At this stage, we are preparing to receive nominations," Fetter said. "Our consultation will be as broad an exercise as possible. I hope there will be no one in the Stanford community who feels they don't have an opportunity to contribute ideas and nominations."

The committee is seeking Stanford's ninth president and a successor to Donald Kennedy, who announced in July that he would step down in August 1992.

"We are looking without boundaries," said John M. Lillie, chair of the search committee and a Stanford trustee. "And we don't just mean that geographically."

Lillie, president and chief operating officer of American President Companies, and search committee vice chair James J. Sheehan, chair of the Faculty Senate, have said they hope to better the schedule that calls for them to report by June to the Board of Trustees, which will name the new president.

The committee's consultation efforts include:

"We want to solicit ideas, concerns, anything people would like the search committee to hear about the selection of the president," Fetter said.

The search committee was named Oct. 28 by James C. Gaither, president of the Board of Trustees. The committee includes six faculty members; six trustees, all of whom are Stanford alumni; one student; one staff member; and one non-trustee alumna:

Trustees - Lillie, Atherton; Peter S. Bing, Los Angeles; George H. Hume, San Francisco; John B. McCoy, Columbus, Ohio; Luis G. Nogales, Los Angeles; and Susan W. Prager, Los Angeles.

Faculty members - Sheehan, history; Steven Chu, physics; Joseph W. Goodman, electrical engineering; Condoleezza Rice, political science; Saul A. Rosenberg, medicine; and John B. Shoven, economics. (Sheehan and Goodman also are Stanford alumni.)

Student - Kasi Allen Fuller, doctoral candidate in education.

Staff member - James A. Larimore, assistant dean of student affairs and director of the American Indian Program Office and of the Native American Cultural Center.

Alumna - Beverly P. Ryder, Los Angeles.



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