Stanford, CA (July 22, 2019) — Joel Peterson, chairman of the Hoover Institution Board of Overseers, announced that Thomas W. Gilligan will be retiring as the director of the Hoover Institution at the end of his current term, in August 2020.
“Tom has taken the institution to new heights with his vision and commitment, and has led our success into Hoover’s second century,” said Peterson. “Tom has left a lasting and indelible mark on the institution. His retirement is our loss but a well-deserved respite for him.”
The Hoover Institution bylaws outline the director search process, including the selection of a 10-member committee made up of Hoover Board of Overseers members, Hoover senior fellows, and members of the Stanford community to conduct a nationwide search for Gilligan’s successor. A new director is expected to be in place by the beginning of the 2020-21 academic year.
Gilligan assumed the role of director of the Hoover Institution in September of 2015. A scholar in economics and political science, he also served as a senior fellow at Hoover. Gilligan has had a long-standing relationship with the Hoover Institution and Stanford University, serving as a Hoover national fellow in 1989-90 and a visiting faculty member at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business in 1989-90 and again in 1994.
“It has been an honor to lead one of the nation’s most renowned public policy research centers, and I am proud to have worked together with our talented staff and world-class fellowship to advance the mission of this remarkable institution,” said Gilligan.