Stanford promotes business school dean to president of the university

Jonathan Levin has been appointed president of Stanford. Image credit: Aubrie Pick, Stanford News Service.

Jonathan Levin, an economist who has been the dean of the Graduate School of Business for the past eight years, has been named president of Stanford University.

He replaces Marc Tessier-Lavigne, who announced he would be stepping down in July after an independent review of his neuroscience research found significant flaws in studies he supervised going back decades.

Tessier-Lavigne was replaced on an interim basis Richard Saller, dean of the Department of Humanities.

Trustee Lily Sarafan, who co-chaired the search committee that recommended Levin, admitted he will have a lot of work to do.

“Jon has a deep understanding of Stanford and its role in the world, including the need to expand the university’s educational reach, support emerging areas of research, and renew trust and goodwill both internally and externally,” Sarafan said in a statement.