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Badasses of Stanford: President Hennessy

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

When people on my tours ask what my favorite part of Stanford is, I always respond, “the people.”  I always mean it.  And now I’m going to tell you why.

This is the inaugural article of my new series on the badasses of Stanford.  Every week, I’ll feature a new, fantastic member of the Stanford community who exemplifies the incredible passion and persistence that Stanford embodies.  Some of them will be people you’ve heard about, and some will be Stanford’s stealth superstars whose awesome contributions go largely unnoticed.

To kick off the series, who could be a more appropriate representative of Stanford rockstardom than President Hennessy himself?

Bill Gates shows Hennessy his sweet dance moves.

Hennessy the International Superstar

President Hennessy is easily as busy as a national president.  He gets up at 5 a.m. every day and tackles dozens of conference calls and meetings, serving as Stanford’s constant ambassador, administrator, and figurehead.  Indeed, who’s to say he isn’t a “real” president?  At 8,180 acres, Stanford is roughly 20 times the size of Monaco.  Had Stanford been its own country in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, we would have placed 19th overall in the world in medal count, beating out 69 real nations.

President Hennessy is kind of a big deal.

How big of a deal, you ask?  He’s tight with the Dalai Lama.  He’s an international adviser to universities abroad.  He’s the kind of guy who casually dines with the likes of Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Eric Schmidt, and Larry Ellison.  Right.

President Hennessy has been interviewed by Rolling Stone, and there have been speculations that Hennessy’s raw sexual energy alone would be sufficient to provide Stanford with all the clean, renewable energy it could desire.

Entrepreneurial President

All joking aside, President Hennessy really does have what it takes to power our awesome university and propel us to greatness.  In his own words,

It is crystal clear that thinking long term – seeking solutions – is what universities need to do.  I am trying to move Stanford toward my vision of what a university needs to be in the 21st century.”

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