<h4><i>Stanford\u2019s 10th president carried its founders\u2019 vision into the 21st century<\/i><\/h4>\r\nUnder the leadership of University President John Hennessy, who took office in 2000, Stanford achieved astonishing growth and global impact. It built or transformed many key facilities while enhancing environmental sustainability.\r\n\r\nMost fundamentally, Stanford under Hennessy\u2019s watch trained its massive resources on interdisciplinary research aimed at solving the world\u2019s toughest problems. Its 21st-century programs, mindset and architecture are all shaped by the deep interdisciplinary collaboration that is the hallmark of Hennessy\u2019s tenure.\r\n\r\nThese innovations have made Stanford better and stronger, writes\u00a0<i>Stanford Magazine\u2019s<\/i>\u00a0Mike Antonucci in a comprehensive\u00a0<a href="https:\/\/alumni.stanford.edu\/get\/page\/magazine\/article\/?article_id=86100" target="_blank">look at Hennessy\u2019s achievements<\/a>\u00a0over the past 16 years.\r\n\r\nHennessy oversaw the creation and growth of interdisciplinary research hubs including the\u00a0<a href="https:\/\/woods.stanford.edu\/" target="_blank">Woods Institute for the Environment<\/a>\u00a0and\u00a0<a href="https:\/\/biox.stanford.edu\/" target="_blank">BioX<\/a>; the\u00a0<a href="http:\/\/dschool.stanford.edu\/" target="_blank">Hasso Plattner Institute of Design<\/a>, popularly known as the d.school;\u00a0<a href="http:\/\/125.stanford.edu\/cardinal-green\/">SESI<\/a>, a campuswide energy system to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions; a renovated Stanford Stadium, new recreational facilities and a new Arts District.\r\n\r\nStanford completed\u00a0<a href="https:\/\/alumni.stanford.edu\/get\/page\/magazine\/article\/?article_id=86162" target="_blank">more than 70 building projects<\/a>\u00a0during his tenure, including the Science and Engineering Quad,\u00a0<a href="http:\/\/125.stanford.edu\/a-new-home-for-art-art-history\/" target="_blank">McMurtry Building<\/a>, Bing Concert Hall and James H. Clark Center, projects that exemplify Hennessy\u2019s commitment to dissolving walls between disciplines, people and ideas.\r\n\r\nIn his final address to Stanford\u2019s Academic Council, Hennessy called the best moment of his presidency Stanford\u2019s\u00a0<a href="http:\/\/125.stanford.edu\/making-dreams-possible\/" target="_blank">enhanced commitment to student financial aid<\/a>. In inflation-adjusted dollars, the average Stanford student on financial aid pays less than he or she did 16 years ago.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe root of the success of our institution is providing access for the very best students to attend,\u201d Hennessy\u00a0<a href="http:\/\/news.stanford.edu\/2016\/05\/12\/academic-council\/">told the council<\/a>\u00a0in May 2016.\r\n\r\nHis innovations carry into the 21st century Leland and Jane Stanford\u2019s intent to graduate \u201ccultured and useful citizens\u201d from a university that is as affordable as possible.\r\n\r\nHennessy steps down in August 2016 to make way for incoming University President Marc Tessier-Lavigne.\r\n\r\nIn his next role, he becomes founding director of Stanford\u2019s graduate Knight-Hennessy Scholars, the largest fully endowed scholarship program in the world. It furthers Hennessy\u2019s goal to\u00a0\u201cdo good for the world,\u201d as he\u00a0<a href="https:\/\/alumni.stanford.edu\/get\/page\/magazine\/article\/?article_id=86045" target="_blank">told Stanford Magazine<\/a>, by educating potential leaders from around the globe.