Administration & Finances

University Governance and Organization

Stanford University is a trust with corporate powers under the laws of the State of California. The university is a tax-exempt entity under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Under the provisions of the Founding Grant, the Board of Trustees (with a maximum membership of 38) is custodian of the endowment and all the properties of Stanford University. The board administers the invested funds, sets the annual budget and determines policies for operation and control of the university. Among the powers given to the trustees by the Founding Grant is the power to appoint a president. The board delegates broad authority to the president to operate the university and to the faculty on certain academic matters. The formal legal name is “The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University.”


Stanford University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Board of Trustees

as of October 1, 2015

  • Fred W. Alvarez, Partner, Jones Day, Palo Alto, CA
  • Mary T. Barra, Chief Executive Officer, General Motors, Detroit, MI
  • Robert M. Bass, President, Keystone Group LP, Fort Worth, TX
  • Brook H. Byers, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Menlo Park, CA
  • James E. Canales, President, Barr Foundation, Boston, MA
  • Bret E. Comolli, Chairman, Asurion Corporation, Atherton, CA
  • RoAnn Costin, President, Wilderness Point Investments, Boston, MA
  • James G. Coulter, Founding Partner, TPG Capital, LP, San Francisco, CA
  • Dipanjan Deb, CEO & Co-Founder, Francisco Partners, San Francisco, CA
  • Steven A. Denning, Chairman, General Atlantic LLC, Greenwich, CT
  • Bruce W. Dunlevie, General Partner, Benchmark Capital, Woodside, CA
  • Angela S. Filo, Co-Founder, Yellow Chair Foundation, Palo Alto, CA
  • Sakurako D. Fisher, San Francisco, CA
  • Bradley A. Geier, Co-Managing Partner, Merlone Geier Partners, San Diego, CA
  • John A. Gunn, Chairman Emeritus and Director, Dodge and Cox, San Francisco, CA
  • Gail B. Harris, Retired Partner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, New York, NY
  • Christine U. Hazy, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Sketch Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
  • John L. Hennessy, President, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • Ronald B. Johnson, Founder & CEO, Enjoy, Menlo Park, CA
  • Tonia G. Karr, San Francisco, CA
  • Bernard Liautaud, General Partner, Balderton Capital, London, UK
  • Christy O. MacLear, Executive Director, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, New York, NY
  • Susan R. McCaw, President, COM Investments, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Lloyd M. Metz, Managing Director, ICV Partners, New York, NY
  • Hamid R. Moghadam, Chairman & CEO, Prologis, Inc., San Francisco, CA
  • Kenneth E. Olivier, Chairman Emeritus, Dodge and Cox, San Francisco, CA
  • Ruth M. Porat, Exec. Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Morgan Stanley, New York, NY
  • Laurene Powell Jobs, Founder/Chair, Emerson Collective, Palo Alto, CA
  • Jeffrey S. Raikes, Co-Founder, the Raikes Foundation, Seattle, WA
  • Mindy B. Rogers, Atherton, CA
  • Victoria B. Rogers, President, Rose Hills Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
  • Kavitark Ram Shriram, Founder, Sherpalo Ventures, Menlo Park, CA
  • Ronald P. Spogli, Founding Partner, Freeman Spogli & Co., Los Angeles, CA
  • Srinija Srinivasan, Palo Alto, CA
  • Isaac Stein, President, Waverley Associates, Atherton, CA
  • Thomas F. Steyer, Founder, NextGen Climate, San Francisco, CA
  • Gene T. Sykes, Global Co-Head of M&A & Chairman, Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
  • Vaughn C. Williams, Of Counsel, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, New York, NY

Stanford Administration

  • John Hennessy, President
  • John Etchemendy, Provost
  • David Demarest, Vice President for Public Affairs
  • David A. Jones, Vice President for Human Resources
  • Randall S. Livingston, Vice President for Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer
  • William J. Madia, Vice President, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
  • Robert Reidy, Vice President for Land, Buildings and Real Estate
  • Martin Shell, Vice President for Development
  • Howard Wolf, Vice President for Alumni Affairs and President, Stanford Alumni Association
  • Debra Zumwalt, Vice President and General Counsel


  • Ann Arvin , Vice Provost and Dean of Research
  • Harry Elam, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
  • Chi-Chang Kao, Director, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
  • Patricia Gumport, Vice Provost for Graduate Education
  • M. Elizabeth Magill, Dean, School of Law
  • Pamela Matson, Dean, School of Earth Sciences
  • Lloyd Minor, Dean, School of Medicine
  • John Mitchell, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning
  • Persis Drell, Dean, School of Engineering
  • John Raisian, Director, Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace
  • Richard Saller, Dean, School of Humanities and Sciences
  • Garth Saloner, Dean, Graduate School of Business
  • Deborah Stipek, Dean, Graduate School of Education


In 2014, 11,269 staff members supported teaching, learning and research at Stanford, including 6,204 managerial and professional staff, 2,872 clerical and technical staff, and 809 service and maintenance staff. There are 1,384 employees at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. For more information about working at Stanford, visit

This page last modified Oct 05, 2015.