John L. Hennessy is the inaugural Shriram Family Director of the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program after serving as Stanford's 10th president from 2000 - 2016. Under Hennessy's leadership, Stanford has undertaken major new academic initiatives to address important global challenges of this century. Interdisciplinary teaching and research have expanded dramatically with the creation of new cross-school collaborative programs in human health, international affairs, environmental science and other areas. Read John's full biography.
Jeff Wachtel is the executive director of Knight-Hennessy Scholars. He served as senior assistant to President John Hennessy from 2000-2016. In this role, he provided advice and counsel to President Hennessy and represented the President’s Office to individuals and organizations both within and outside the university. Mr. Wachtel holds a bachelor’s degree in urban studies and psychology from Stanford, a master’s degree in city planning from the University of California-Berkeley and a J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of the Law. He is the 2017 recipient of the Kenneth M. Cuthbertson Award, which recognizes exceptional service to Stanford University. Photo by Scott R. Kline