Gerhard Casper honored with new quad

Hennessys and Caspers
Andrea and John Hennessy were among those honoring Regina and Gerhard Casper during the recent dedication of the new Gerhard Casper Quad. (Photos: Kate Chesley)

Stanford dignitaries gathered this week to honor President Emeritus GERHARD CASPER with the naming of a new residential and dining quadrangle on the east side of campus.

The Gerhard Casper Quad
The Gerhard Casper Quad

The Gerhard Casper Quad comprises four student residences, a dining commons and outdoor green space. It is home to the university’s arts and humanities theme dorms, as well as an organic garden focused on teaching sustainable food production.

Creation of the quad began with the construction of Kimball Hall in 1991, followed by Castano and Lantana halls. With the addition of Humanities House in 2015, the complex was completed and today houses about 550 students.

President JOHN HENNESSY and Board of Trustees Chair STEVEN DENNING spoke at the dedication ceremony. Both noted Casper’s leadership in expanding and enhancing undergraduate education during his tenure as Stanford’s ninth president, as well as his support for the arts.

Casper is currently serving as president of the American Academy in Berlin. He is also a senior fellow at both the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, as well as the Peter and Helen Bing Professor, Emeritus. He served as president from 1992 to 2000.