Gerhard Casper Named Trustee of Yale Corporation

Former Stanford University President Gerhard Casper has been named a Successor Trustee of the Yale Corporation, the University’s governing board, President Richard C. Levin announced today.

Casper, a graduate of Yale Law School whose eight-year tenure as Stanford’s president ended earlier this year, is a professor of both law and undergraduate education at Stanford and a senior fellow of Stanford’s Institute for International Studies.

Casper served as provost of the University of Chicago from 1989 until becoming president of Stanford in 1992, when he was also appointed a professor of law. He had joined the University of Chicago as an associate professor of law in 1966 and had a joint appointment in political science. He served as dean of Chicago’s Law School from 1979-87 and became William B. Graham Distinguished Service Professor of Law.

“We are extremely fortunate to have one of the great leaders of higher education join the Yale Corporation,” Levin said. “His counsel and guidance will be of great value to us as Yale enters its fourth century.”

As President of Stanford, Casper launched the first comprehensive examination of undergraduate education at Stanford in 25 years. The Commission on Undergraduate Education and other faculty initiatives led to a new approach to the first two years of college. Emphasis was also placed on attracting the best undergraduate students through the President’s Scholars Program. Restraints on tuition increases and improvements in financial aid policies under Casper’s leadership also reemphasized Stanford’s commitment to accessibility.

As a scholar, Casper has written and taught primarily in the fields of constitutional law, constitutional history, comparative law, and jurisprudence. His most recent book, Separating Power: Essays on the Founding Period, was published in 1997 by Harvard University Press. From 1977 to 1991, he was an editor of The Supreme Court Review.

Casper is a member of the American Law Institute, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the Order Pour le merite for the Sciences and Arts. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission and has served on the boards of the American Bar Foundation and the Chicago Council of Lawyers. Casper was a member of the executive committee of the Association of American Universities and chaired the Evaluation Team of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges’ Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, which recently reaccredited Yale.

A native of Hamburg, Germany, Casper holds a law degree from the University of Hamburg and a doctorate from the University of Freiburg. He was a fellow of the German National Scholarship Foundation.

He received his LL.M. degree from Yale Law School in 1962, and began his teaching career as an assistant professor of political science at the University of California at Berkeley in 1964.

Casper is married to Regina Casper, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford. They have a daughter, Hanna, who is an attorney.

The Yale Corporation has 19 members: 10 successor trustees appointed by the board; six members elected by Yale alumni; the governor and the lieutenant governor of the State of Connecticut, who are ex-officio members; and the president of the University, who is the board’s presiding officer.

Casper’s term on the Yale Corporation is effective immediately.

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