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

effective December 1, 2019

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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
  • Aneel Bhusri, Co-Founder & CEO, Workday, San Francisco, CA
  • Michael C. Camuñez, President & CEO, Monarch Global Strategies LLC, Los Angeles, CA
  • Michelle R. Clayman, Managing Partner & Chief Investment Officer, New Amsterdam Partners LLC, New York, NY
  • Bret E. Comolli, Chairman, Asurion Corporation, Atherton, CA
  • RoAnn Costin, President, Wilderness Point Investments, Cambridge, MA
  • 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
  • Ronald B. Johnson, Founder & CEO, Enjoy, Menlo Park, CA
  • Marc E. Jones, Chairman & CEO, Aeris, San Jose, CA
  • Tonia G. Karr, San Francisco, CA/li>
  • Sarah H. Ketterer, CEO, Causeway Capital, Los Angeles, CA
  • Carol C. Lam, Attorney, La Jolla, CA
  • Christy MacLear, CEO, Pace Experiential/NewCo, 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/President, 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
  • 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
  • Charles D. Young, Chief Operating Officer, Invitation Homes, Dallas, TX

Stanford Administration

  • Marc Tessier-Lavigne, President
  • Persis Drell, Provost
  • Jon Denney, Vice President for Development
  • Harry Elam, Vice President for the Arts
  • Farnaz Khadem, 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 External Relations
  • 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

  • Harry Elam, Senior Vice Provost for Education, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
  • Thomas Gilligan, Director, Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace
  • Stephan Graham, Dean, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences
  • Patricia Gumport, Vice Provost for Graduate Education
  • Chi-Chang Kao, Director, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
  • Jon Levin, Dean, Graduate School of Business
  • Jenny Martinez, Dean, School of Law
  • Lloyd Minor, Dean, School of Medicine
  • Kathryn Moler, Vice Provost and Dean of Research
  • Debra Satz, Dean, School of Humanities & Sciences
  • Dan Schwartz, Dean, Graduate School of Education
  • Jennifer Widom, Dean, School of Engineering


In 2018, 13,028 staff members supported teaching, learning and research at Stanford. This includes 8,707 managerial and professional staff; 1,802 clerical and technical staff; and 1,006 service and maintenance staff. There are 1,513 employees at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

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