University Registrar Tom Black leaving Stanford

Tom Black
University Registrar Tom Black at a Faculty Senate meeting.

University Registrar TOM BLACK has accepted a new position at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and will be leaving Stanford in mid-September.

Black, who joined the Stanford community in 2007, is a nationally recognized leader in his field. He also serves as the associate vice provost for student and academic services.

GREG BOARDMAN, vice provost for student affairs, said Black will be missed.

“Tom has been a key member of my leadership team as an ‘out-of-the-box’ thinker,” Boardman said. “He has transformed the registrar and bursar functions and has been a stalwart steward of resources. Tom has performed at the highest degree of excellence to ensure that students, faculty and staff are well served.”

Boardman said Black will be remembered for many accomplishments over the last decade.

He established the Student Services Center and transformed Student Financial Services. Under Black’s leadership, the Registrar’s Office took on the challenge of reducing class scheduling conflicts – a two-year process that included extensive input from students and faculty. In partnership with Stanford University Libraries, including University Librarian MICHAEL KELLER and Assistant University Librarian TOM CRAMER, his office helped create the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Service. In addition, the Office for Military-Affiliated Communities was developed during Black’s tenure.

“Nearly every conceivable transaction under Tom’s purview has been examined to determine whether there was a technology-based solution to improve efficiency,” Boardman said. “Tom has an exceptional team in place, which will ensure continuity in the services his office provides.”

Black, who commuted to work by bicycle – dressed in a suit and tie and bike helmet – described working at Stanford as “a privilege” and a “thoroughly enjoyable experience.”

“I am grateful to my colleagues within Student and Academic Services and Student Affairs, as well as those across campus,” he said. “I leave campus filled with wonderful memories and relationships that will stay with me forever. I wish to extend my heartfelt thanks.”