John Hennessy

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John L. Hennessy is the founder of MIPS Computer Systems Inc., and is currently serving as the 10th President of Stanford University. He earned his Bachelor's degree from Villanova University, and his Master's degree and Ph.D. from Stony Brook University .

Hennessy became a Stanford faculty member in 1977. In 1984, he used his sabbatical year to found MIPS Computer Systems Inc. to commercialize his research in RISC processors.

In 1987, he became the Willard and Inez Kerr Bell Endowed Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Hennessy served as director of Stanford's Computer System Laboratory (1989-1993), a research center run by Stanford's Electrical Engineering and Computer Science departments.

Hennessy was chair of the Department of Computer Science (1994-1996) and Dean of the School of Engineering (1996-1999).

In 1999, Stanford President Gerhard Casper appointed Hennessy to the office of Provost of Stanford University.

When Casper stepped down to focus on teaching in 2000, the Stanford Board of Trustees named Hennessy to succeed Casper as president. As Stanford's president, Hennessy earns an annual salary of $566,581. He also continues to serve on the MIPS board of directors, where he receives additional monetary compensation.

He joined the board of Google, Inc., in exchange for 65,000 shares of the company; at the time of Google's IPO, his shares were worth over $7 million.

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Preceded by:
Gerhard Casper
President of Stanford University
2000
Succeeded by:
Incumbent

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