News & Updates

President accepts renaming committee recommendations

March 23, 2018
President Marc Tessier-Lavigne has accepted the recommendations of the committee he appointed to consider renaming of Stanford buildings and sites.

President, provost answer questions during meeting with university community

March 7, 2018
President Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Provost Persis Drell answered a range of questions on issues from long-range planning to housing availability during a campus community meeting.

Notes from the Quad: The long-range planning white papers

February 1, 2018
President Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Provost Persis Drell announce the release to the university community of 37 white papers summarizing more than 2,800 ideas and proposals submitted in Stanford's long-range planning process.

Committee appointed to recommend principles on historical names

January 16, 2018
President Tessier-Lavigne has appointed a new committee to recommend principles for decision-making on requests to rename campus buildings and sites named for historical figures.

Notes from the Quad: In memory of Ben Barres, a personal tribute

December 27, 2017
As we mourn today the loss of our colleague and dear friend Ben Barres, I thought it would be fitting to share a piece that I wrote in tribute to Ben almost a year ago. I was honored to deliver it as an introduction to a symposium held in Ben’s honor on January 12, 2017.

Notes from the Quad: The tax bill and Stanford

December 20, 2017
The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have passed tax reform legislation that now awaits the president's signature. For higher education, the final bill contains mixed news. At Stanford, our attention now turns to addressing the effects of this legislation on our community.

President's Column: Thinking Boldly

December 8, 2017
Rejecting complacency, the Stanford community imagines our future.

Notes from the Quad: An update on campus historical names

November 16, 2017
I'm writing to update the campus community on the Advisory Committee on the Use of Historical Names on Campus. I met with the committee on Monday to get an update on its progress. Yesterday, a group of students concerned about the process voiced their views in a campus march, and I met with representatives of the group last evening. I respect their views, and I want to discuss here how we intend to move forward and bring the process to conclusion.

Notes from the Quad: Advancing free speech and inclusion

November 7, 2017
Like many of you, we have been following what has been going on at other campuses and in our own Stanford community around issues of speech and expression. We have been reflecting on how we at Stanford can advance both our unwavering commitment to the free expression of ideas and our equally steadfast goal of an inclusive community.

Notes from the Quad: Bryce Love

October 20, 2017
One of the great joys of returning to Stanford has been attending our sporting events and getting to know some of our outstanding student-athletes. These dedicated students are all impressive, and some of the performances this fall have really stood out.