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Board Membership 2021-22

Chair and Vice Chair

  • Heather Hadlock, Chair, BGB; Music
  • Hideo Mabuchi, Vice-chair, BGB; Applied Physics

Board Members

  • Simone D'Amico, Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Shane Denson, Art and Art History
  • Charlotte Fonrobert, Religious Studies
  • Mark Greif, English
  • Fiona Griffiths, History
  • Haiyan Lee, EALC/Comparative Literature
  • David Lobell, Earth System Science
  • Bert Patenaude, Pediatrics (History/Political Science)
  • Jamil Zaki, Psychology
  • Corazón Johnston, Student, Science, Technology, and Society
  • Matthew Liao, Student, Human Biology
  • Christopher Maximos, Student, Symbolic Systems/Political Science


  • Kirsti Copeland, School of Engineering
  • Johanna Metzgar, Registrar
  • Richard Nevle, School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences
  • Brad Osgood, School of Engineering
  • Sharon Palmer, Office of Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
  • John Taylor, Chair, C-USP; Economics
  • Susan Weersing, School of Humanities and Sciences


In 2012, the Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford (SUES) recommended the change to a new Ways of Thinking/Ways of Doing (Ways) breadth system as a core part of its aims for a Stanford undergraduate education (owning knowledge, honing skills and capacities, developing personal and social responsibility, and adaptive learning).  SUES and the Faculty Senate believed that undergraduate education would be better structured by shifting from a discipline-based to a skills capacity-based model of achieving breadth. The Ways system is a Faculty Senate mandated program with a Charge to the Breadth Governance Board that oversees the Ways program.