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 Health Care, previously known as Stanford Hospital & Clinics, and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, are nonprofit California corporations. They are separate from the university and from one another.


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 April 1, 2018

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  • Felix J. Baker, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Baker Brothers Investments, New York, NY
  • Mary T. Barra, Chief Executive Officer, General Motors, Detroit, MI
  • Robert M. Bass, President, Keystone Group LP, Fort Worth, TX
  • Bret E. Comolli, Chairman, Asurion Corporation, Atherton, CA
  • RoAnn Costin, President, Wilderness Point Investments, Cambridge, MA
  • Michelle R. Clayman, Managing Partner & Chief Investment Officer, New Amsterdam Partners LLC, New York, NY
  • Dipanjan Deb, CEO & Co-Founder, Francisco Partners, San Francisco, CA
  • Henry A. Fernandez, Chairman and CEO, MSCI Inc., New York, NY
  • 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
  • James D. Halper, Senior Advisor, Leonard Green & Partners, Los Angeles, CA
  • Christine U. Hazy, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Sketch Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
  • Ronald B. Johnson, Founder & CEO, Enjoy, Menlo Park, CA
  • Tonia G. Karr, San Francisco, CA
  • Carol C. Lam, Sr. Vice President; Deputy General Counsel, Qualcomm, Inc., San Diego, CA
  • Christy O. MacLear, Vice Chairman, Sothebys Art Advisory, New York, NY
  • Kenneth E. Olivier, Chairman Emeritus, Dodge and Cox, San Francisco, CA
  • Carrie W. Penner, Chair of the Board, Walton Family Foundation, Aspen, CO
  • Ruth M. Porat, Chief Financial Officer, Alphabet Inc. and Google Inc., Mountain View, CA
  • 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, Pasadena, 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
  • Jeffrey E. Stone, Chairman Emeritus and Senior Partner, McDermott Will & Emery LLP, Chicago IL
  • Gene T Sykes, Global Co-Head of M&A & Chairman, Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
  • Marc Tessier-Lavigne, President, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • Jerry Yang, AME Cloud Ventures, Palo Alto, CA

Stanford Administration

  • Marc Tessier-Lavigne, President
  • Persis Drell, Provost
  • David Demarest, Vice President for Public Affairs
  • Lisa Lapin, Vice President for University Communications
  • 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
  • Elizabeth Zacharias, Vice President for Human Resources
  • Debra Zumwalt, Vice President and General Counsel

Senior Cabinet

  • Ann Arvin, Vice Provost and Dean of Research
  • Jennifer Widom, Dean, School of Engineering
  • Harry Elam, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
  • Thomas Gilligan, Director, Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace
  • Patricia Gumport, Vice Provost for Graduate Education
  • Chi-Chang Kao, Director, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
  • M. Elizabeth Magill, Dean, School of Law
  • Stephan Graham, Dean, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences
  • Lloyd Minor, Dean, School of Medicine
  • Richard Saller, Dean, School of Humanities & Sciences
  • Jon Levin, Dean, Graduate School of Business
  • Dan Schwartz, Dean, Graduate School of Education


In 2016, 12,148 staff members supported teaching, learning and research at Stanford, including 7,928 managerial and professional staff, 1,780 clerical staff, and 1,010 service and maintenance staff. There are 1,430 employees at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. For more information about working at Stanford, visit

This page last modified Mar 16, 2018.