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Below are highlights of John Hennessy’s career at Stanford, from the time he first joined the faculty in 1977 until the present day. He served as President of Stanford University from 2000 until 2016.


  • Joins Stanford University faculty as Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering

1983 – 1986

  • Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering

1983 – 1993

  • Serves as the Director of Computer Sciences Laboratory

1986 – present

  • Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

1987 – 2004

  • Becomes the inaugural Willard R. and Inez Kerr Bell Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

1994 – 1996

  • Serves as Chair of the Department of Computer Science

1996 – 1999

  • Serves as Dean of the School of Engineering


  • Becomes the 11th Provost of Stanford University
  • The Initiative on Human Health is launched


  • Becomes Stanford University’s 10th President
  • The Campaign for Undergraduate Education, a $1 billion fundraising effort, is launched


  • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation announces $400 million gift to Stanford for the humanities and sciences and for undergraduate education
  • The Taube Center for Jewish Studies is announced
  • The Think Again tour for the Campaign for Undergraduate Education begins
  • The Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center was dedicated


  • The Department of Bioengineering, the first department at Stanford to be jointly managed by two schools — Medicine and Engineering — is established
  • The Allene G. Vaden Health Center for Student Health Services is dedicated
  • Wallenberg Hall is dedicated
  • The Bass University Fellows in Undergraduate Education is announced
  • The Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) is launched


  • The Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology at Stanford is announced
  • The James H. Clark Center, home of the Bio-X program, opens
  • The Hewlett and Packard Science and Engineering Quad is dedicated


  • SLAC dedicates SPEAR3
  • The new Stanford Cancer Center is dedicated
  • The Initiative on Environmental Sustainability is launched
  • The Lorry I. Lokey Laboratory for Chemistry and Biological Sciences is dedicated


  • Named the inaugural holder of Bing Presidential Professorship
  • The International Initiative is launched
  • SIIS is renamed the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford
  • The Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, informally known as the, is announced
  • CUE campaign concludes having raised more than $1 billion


  • The Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts is launched
  • The Stanford Institute for the Environment is renamed the Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Institute for the Environment
  • Stanford expands its financial aid program
  • The Fred Kavli Building at SLAC is dedicated
  • The SIW program is renamed the Bing Stanford in Washington program
  • The new Stanford Stadium opens
  • The Stanford Challenge, a university-wide campaign to raise $4.3 billion, is launched
  • The Initiative to Improve K-12 Education is launched


  • The Presidential Fund for Innovation in the Humanities is established to spur multidisciplinary collaborations


  • Stanford announces the largest financial aid increase in its history
  • The Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Environment and Energy Building is dedicated


  • The Precourt Institute for Energy and the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy are established
  • The Lorry I. Lokey Stanford Daily Building is dedicated
  • The Munger Graduate Residence is dedicated


  • The John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Building, home of SIEPR is dedicated
  • The Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge is dedicated
  • The Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center is dedicated
  • The Lorry I. Lokey Stem Cell Research Building is dedicated
  • The Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance is established


  • The Knight Management Center, home of the Graduate School of Business, is dedicated
  • The William H. Neukom Building at Stanford Law School is dedicated
  • The Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED) is established


  • The Stanford Challenge concludes having raised $6.2 billion
  • The Stanford Center at Peking University opens
  • The Campaign for Stanford Medicine, a $1 billion effort, is launched
  • The Jill and John Freidenrich Center for Translational Research is dedicated


  • Stanford wins the Rose Bowl
  • Bing Concert Hall is dedicated
  • The James and Anna Marie Spilker Engineering and Applied Sciences Building is dedicated
  • Groundbreaking for the new Stanford Hospital & Clinics
  • The Institute for Chemical Biology (ChEM-H) is launched


  • The Donald Kennedy Graduate Residences are dedicated
  • The Shriram Center for Bioengineering & Chemical Engineering is dedicated
  • The Anderson Collection at Stanford University is dedicated
  • The C.J. Huang Building is dedicated


  • Stanford expands its financial aid program
  • SESI makes Stanford one of the most energy-efficient research universities in the world
  • Cardinal Service is launched
  • The McMurtry Building in the Arts District is dedicated


  • Stanford wins the Rose Bowl
  • The Knight–Hennessy Scholars program, with an endowment of more than $700 million, is announced
  • Stanford celebrates its 125th anniversary