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Office of the Academic Secretary

Academic Secretary

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.

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

Assistant Academic Secretary

Adrienne Emory has worked at Stanford since May of 2009 and, after having served as Corporate Relations Coordinator in the School of Engineering, joined the Academic Secretary’s staff in 2013. She acquired her first taste of academic governance as Assistant to the Senate of the University of California at Berkeley in 2008-2009. Adrienne has a Bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Science from Occidental College and a Master’s in Humanities from San Francisco State University.

Adrienne can be reached at or 650-724-7863.

Assistant to the Academic Secretary

Peter Chaydez began working at Stanford and in the Academic Secretary's Office in the Fall of 2018.

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

About Us

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, Assistant Academic Secretary, at