Neuroscience pioneer tapped as Stanford’s new president

After six months and thousands of hours reviewing prospective candidates for a successor to Stanford University President John Hennessy, who announced in June 2015 that he would be stepping down after more than 15 years of leading the university, Marc Tessier-Lavigne, president of The Rockefeller University in New York City, has been named the university’s 11th president, the Stanford Board of Trustees announced Thursday. Tessier-Lavigne, 56, is a former Stanford faculty member, neuroscientist and advocate for higher education. For the past five years, he led The Rockefeller University, a small, private biomedical research and graduate education institution with only 175 Ph.D. and M.D.-Ph.D. students, according to its website. “Marc Tessier-Lavigne brings to Stanford an infectious energy, confident leadership, a distinguished academic record and a lifetime immersed in leading initiatives to…


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