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Welcome to the 30th Senate of the Academic Council. If you are looking for documents listed below that do not have active links, please contact

Frances Conley, Senate Chair

Professor Frances Conley

Now Professor of Neurosurgery, Emerita, Frances Conley joined the Stanford Faculty in 1975, having earned her bachelor's degree here, her medical degree at the School of Medicine and her master’s at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford. The first female full professor of neurosurgery in the country, her research examined brain tumor immunology. She served in the Senate for 8 years, including 1 year on the Steering Committee and 5 years on the Advisory Board (the committee which handles promotions and tenure)

30th Steering Committee of the Senate 

The Steering Committee (StC) of the Senate sets the Senate agenda, confers degrees for the Summer, Autumn and Winter quarters, and serves at Administrative Sessions of the StC to review undergraduate and graduate programs on behalf of the Senate. StC members are elected each year by the Senate. Joining Chair Conley are 

  • Professor Hans C. Andersen, Chemistry
  • Professor Keith Baker, History
  • Professor Russell Berman, German Studies 
  • Professor Luis Fraga, Political Science
  •  Professor Jeffrey Koseff, Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Professor George Parker, Graduate School of Business
  • Provost Condoleezza Rice, ex officio
  • Academic Secretary Susan Schofield, ex officio

Senate Membership


Senate Minutes

Autumn Quarter

Winter Quarter

Spring Quarter

Annual Academic Council Meeting

The President convenes the Academic Council faculty annually to deliver a state of the university address.  The Senate Chair reports on the highlights of the Senate.
Annual Academic Council Minutes of October 16, 1997

Administrative Sessions of the StC on Behalf of the Senate 


The StC holds administrative sessions on an as needed basis to hear routine or administrative matters that would otherwise come before the full Senate.  This allows the Senate to spend more time on issues that need broader discussion and debate prior to action. All Senators are welcome to attend administrative sessions. 

Autumn Quarter

Spring Quarter