Stanford names new director of admission

At UC Berkeley, Bob Patterson devised system to handle 65,000 applications

Stanford University has named Bob Patterson as the new Associate Dean and Director of Admission.

Patterson comes from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was deputy director of undergraduate admission.

At Stanford, he will direct the daily operations of the undergraduate admission office and "play a key role in shaping the overall direction the university takes with respect to its admission initiatives and programs, including outreach, multicultural programming, international admission and intercollegiate athletics, and the composition of each freshman and transfer class," the university said.

At Berkeley, Patterson oversaw implementation of a "new online reading tool for the review of more than 50,000 applications and more than 15,000 transfer applications," Stanford said.

"Bob brings significant and comprehensive experience in managing complex organizations, and we are excited that he will be joining Stanford's Office of Undergraduate Admission," Rick Shaw, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, said.

Stanford this past year reviewed 32,022 applications from the largest number of candidates in its history. It accepted 7.2 percent of the students who applied.

The university offered admission to 2,300 students for its class of 2014, including 753 applicants who were accepted last December through Stanford's non-binding early action program.

Patterson succeeds Shawn Abbott, who left Stanford in May to become assistant vice-president for undergraduate admissions at New York University.

Prior to joining Cal, Patterson held admissions positions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Pittsburgh.

He begins his new job at Stanford Sept. 13.


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Posted by Arch Conservative
a resident of Menlo Park
on Aug 17, 2010 at 12:05 pm

A Cal Bear coming to the Farm!!!!!!!!!
From where did he graduate?
Let's hope he is another Rix Snyder.

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Posted by MLK
a resident of Stanford
on Aug 17, 2010 at 1:21 pm

I'm concerned with this hire. I got into Stanford, Harvard and MIT. The one place I didn't get into-wait for it-Berkeley. I am not sure what they're smo--doing up north, but I hope Bob does a better job at Stanford.

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