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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.