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STANFORD -- Hessen Ghazal has been named manager of the Faculty Club, replacing Reiner Sommer, who left the post in January. She will assume her new duties on May 16.
Ghazal has worked at Stanford for 11 years, most recently as the food service manager with responsibility for Branner dormitory and the Stanford Executive Program.
Ghazal has experience with food preparation and service that the Faculty Club board of directors felt was critical, according to Professor Bob Simoni, biological sciences, who chairs the board. One of her successes at Branner has been the creation of a vegetarian menu, he said.
Ghazal earned a bachelor's degree in education and home economics from Middle East College in Beirut in 1979. The following year, she earned a master's degree in French and home economics at Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Mich. In 1989 she received a doctorate in educational administration and supervision, also at Andrews.
Ghazal holds a certificate from Le Notre Pastry Cooking School in Paris. She has a California teaching credential and has taught elementary and upper-level French for 28 years.
"The board feels that she brings a wonderful mix of training and experience to the club, along with leadership and innovative approaches to revitalize club operations," Simoni said.
Simoni invited club members to meet Ghazal at the annual membership meeting on May 18.
In addition to Simoni, the search committee included Noel Kolak, Hoover Institution; Bruce Parker, radiology; Ron Ariagno, pediatrics (clinical); and Clare Phillips, multicultural development.
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