Debunking the Board of Trustees

Posted by at 9:24PM

As far as I can tell, the Board of Trustees operates something like the secret Republican headquarters of The Simpsons (pictured below). However, this is probably not true.
Luckily, there is now an opportunity for anyone interested to find out what the Board of Trustees actually does: an event titled What Does the Board of Trustees Actually Do?

The event will be held in Annenberg Auditorium on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 5:15-6:15 pm. It is sponsored by the Stanford Historical Society, and will be led by current chair of the B.O.T. Leslie Hume. From the event description:
The Board of Trustees of Stanford University is the supreme authority of the University. Among its duties, it appoints the President, has final approval of all faculty appointments, decides about new buildings and modifications to old and makes final decisions about the University investments. It consists of 30 extremely prominent people with Stanford connections. Yet its history and how it operates are largely unknown by the community it rules.
This program will provide a rare opportunity to discover that history and how the Board operates through presentations and discussion by Leslie Hume, the present Chair of the Board and the first woman to head the Board since Mrs. Stanford, as well as former Chair, Burt McMurtry. It promises to be a fascinating and highly informative meeting.
The program is open to all and admission is free.
Please RSVP to Charlotte Glasser by October 20 at or (650) 725-3332.

I am intrigued by the attempt at transparency, and simultaneously surprised that the event is only an hour. In any event, I’ll be there–it will hopefully at least be interesting enough to warrant being late for dinner. Hopefully.


4 Responses to “Debunking the Board of Trustees”

  1. Kathy says:

    Please blog about what you think of the meeting!

  2. Troy says:

    Looks based on the SHS website and the Events @ Stanford website that it does, in fact, go until 6:45
    I’ll be there, but I agree with Kathy: I would like to read your thoughts.

  3. Anonymous says:

    One way to find out whether the cartoon is right or not is by finding the ratio of government, non-profit personnel and the executives from venture capital, private equity & companies in the board of trustees.
    Does the board project diverse view points?

  4. Anonagain says:

    the list of board of trustees can be found here ->
    they are mostly from CA. Other states represented are – CT(2), NY(1), TX(1) and NY(1).
    Diversity (of ideology, views, income source, job, origins, etc.), anyone?


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