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Sally Mahoney

Acting Secretary

I am a San Franciscan by birth and upbringing, but I live now in Palo Alto. I attended private schools in the City and also the San Francisco College for Women, where I earned an AB with honors (English). I came to Stanford on a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship to study English, and after three years was “way-laid” into administration. In the 1990’s I became a Sloan Fellow in the Stanford Graduate School of Business where I took an M.S. in Management.

Over 30 years I served Stanford in a variety of positions of increasing operational and policy responsibility. My rather complicated retirement title is: Senior Associate Provost and University Registrar emerita.

In 1994 I left Stanford for what I think of as my nomadic period. I served Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, a college for women with Presbyterian Church affiliation, as interim president. I served in a similar role for two years at Mount Mary College in Milwaukee; my task there—to get college constituencies comfortable with the idea that their future presidents would be lay people, not nuns. From 1997—2001 I served in San Antonio, Texas, as President of Our Lady of the Lake University. I returned to the Bay Area in 2003.

Over the years I have remained close to private educational governance. I served for 15 years as a trustee of the Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton. I served for nine years as a member of the Board of Immaculate Conception Academy, San Francisco, a Cristo Rey Network college-prep/work-study school for young women from low and very low income families. I also have served as a resource to the boards of other California private schools. I’ve done a lot of strategic planning and reality budgeting.

In the late 90’s I was privileged to serve as a Director of the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County (TX) and as Director of the national Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). I also served as a Director of the national Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities.

I am a charter member of Palo Alto University Rotary and in 1989 was the first woman to serve as a Rotary president in the South Bay. Rotary was my first connection to Stevenson House—October Fest followed by Board membership.

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