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Grooming the Leaders of Tomorrow

former Stanford University president John Hennessy

Credit: Linda A. Cicero / Stanford University

No one would accuse Stanford University's John Hennessy—co-founder of one of the first companies to commercialize RISC microprocessors, co-author of two widely used computer architecture textbooks, and the university's 10th president—of being an under-achiever. Yet the man Marc Andreessen called "the godfather of Silicon Valley" stepped down from his administrative duties last year to focus on an ambitious fourth act: a multidisciplinary scholarship program aimed at grooming leaders who can solve the world's most challenging problems.

It's been just over a year since you stepped down as president of Stanford University, and it was surprisingly easy to schedule this call. I'm guessing that wouldn't have been true in 2016.


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