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What happened under Marc Tessier-Lavigne's tenure as Stanford University president?

Controversies, disputes with Santa Clara County and, of course, COVID
Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne enters the stadium during Stanford's Convocation on June 16, 2019. Photo by Sinead Chang.

Marc Tessier-Lavigne announced his resignation as president of Stanford University on July 19. Hired in 2016, he presided over major challenges at Stanford University, not the least of which was the COVID-19 pandemic.

Numerous controversies erupted during his tenure, from an investigation into the handling of sexual assault complaints, to the school's involvement in the national college-admissions scandal known as Operation Varsity Blues, to the removal of the name of the university's first president, David Starr Jordan, from campus buildings and streets owing to his promotion of eugenics.

On the flip side, Tessier-Lavigne in 2017 hired the university's second female provost, Persis Drell, who announced in May that she'd be stepping down this fall. And the university in 2021 launched its first new school in seven decades, to be dedicated to environmental sciences and examining climate and sustainability issues.

Here's a look at the university's milestones under Tessier-Lavigne. (To advance slides on desktop or laptop, hover your cursor at the far right and click.)

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