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The Academic Secretary serves as the secretary, legislative archivist, institutional memory and parliamentarian to the Faculty Senate as well as the Academic Council and its committees. The Academic Secretary's Office (ASO) oversees the annual elections of faculty to the Senate and the Advisory Board. The ASO is the central repository for governance records from across the university, including Academic Council committee minutes, ad hoc committee reports, and of course, Senate records. Most Senate records are open to the Stanford community -please send your requests to Adrienne Emory, Associate Academic Secretary, at

Academic Secretary

Professor Tom Wasow

Thomas ("Tom") Wasow is a Professor emeritus of Linguistics and Philosophy. He received his B.A. in mathematics from Reed College and his Ph.D. in Linguistics from MIT. He joined the Stanford faculty in 1973, and has served as Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Associate Dean of Humanities and Sciences, Associate Dean for Graduate Policy, and Chair of the Faculty Senate. He was a founder of the Symbolic Systems Program, and served as its Director for 13 years. He is a Bass Fellow in Undergraduate Education and recipient of the Dinkelspiel Award for service to undergraduate education and the Rhodes Prize for undergraduate teaching. He is a Fellow of the Linguistic Society of America and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Tom can be reached at or 650-723-4991.

Associate Academic Secretary

Adrienne Emory has worked at Stanford since 2009, and in the Academic Secretary’s Office since 2013. She was previously Assistant to the Senate of the University of California at Berkeley. Adrienne has a B.A. in Cognitive Science and Classics from Occidental College and an M.A. in Humanities from San Francisco State University. She can be contacted for general inquiries about faculty governance, including legislative records requests. 

Adrienne can be reached at

Assistant to the Academic Secretary

Peter Chaydez began working at Stanford and in the Academic Secretary's Office in the Fall of 2018. Please email Peter for questions about web related content or Memorial Resolutions. 

Peter can be reached at or 650-721-4553.