|Eighth President of Stanford University|
|Term||August 1, 1980 – September 1, 1992|
|Predecessor||Richard W. Lyman|
August 18, 1931 |
New York City, New York
|Alma mater||Harvard University|
|Residence||Palo Alto, California|
|Profession||Professor, Journalist, Scientist|
|Children||Page Kennedy, Julia Tussing, Cameron Kennedy, Jamie Hamill|
Donald Kennedy (born August 18, 1931) is an American scientist, public administrator and academic. He was forced to resign as president of Stanford University in 1992 in the wake of a scandal involving expenses charged to the federal government.
Donald Kennedy was born in New York and educated at Harvard University (A.B.; Ph.D., Biology, 1956). He has spent most of his professional career at Stanford University, which he joined as a faculty member in 1960 and where he was chair of the Department of Biology from 1964–1972, then director of the Program in Human Biology from 1973-1977. Kennedy is on the board of directors of the Lucile and David Packard Foundation.
For 26 months he served as Commissioner of the United States Food and Drug Administration during the Carter Administration. Having been appointed by the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, Joseph Califano, in April 1977, in the next two-plus years Kennedy and the FDA dealt with issues such as the fallout from the attempt to ban saccharin and worked on provisions of the proposed Drug Regulation Reform Act of 1978.
After stepping down from the FDA in June 1979, Kennedy returned to Stanford where he served as provost. In 1980 he became president of Stanford University and served in that position until 1992. From 2000 until 2008, he was editor-in-chief of Science, the prestigious weekly published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (replaced by Bruce Alberts).
During his tenure as Stanford president, Kennedy "raised eyebrows" by engaging in an affair with Robin Hamill, a university attorney, whom he then married after divorcing his wife of 34 years.
According to his Stanford biography, Kennedy's present research interests relate to "policy on such trans-boundary environmental problems as: major land-use changes; economically-driven alterations in agricultural practice; global climate change; beyond coal; and alternative energy sources."
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Gerald J. Lieberman
|Provost of Stanford University
Albert M. Hastorf
Richard W. Lyman
|President of Stanford University