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March 27, 2008

John F. Sandy Smith appointed as Founding Chairman of IRiSS Advisory Board

The Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS) at Stanford University has named John F. Sandy Smith the Founding Chairman of its external advisory board. Smith is a Senior Partner in the Corporate and Securities groups of Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP in Atlanta. His first tasks will include forming the external board, informing the strategic planning efforts and defining fundraising plans for the institute.

"Sandy has already provided excellent guidance on effective program development, organization and planning," says IRiSS Executive Director Chris Thomsen. "He has also been very generous with his contacts by setting up meetings with key leaders at the Carter Center and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta."

IRiSS, formed in 2004, produces cutting-edge original multi-disciplinary research in the social sciences. Recent conferences have covered topics including racial and gender inequality, theories of justice, philanthropy, infectious diseases, population studies and access to census and health statistics data. IRiSS also houses several research centers, including American National Election Studies, The Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, The Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality, The Stanford Census Research Data Center and The Methods of Analysis Program in the Social Sciences.

Stanford University President John Hennessy has described IRiSS as a critical, strategic initiative, noting that many of society’s problems are neither purely technical nor medical. “Advancing the desire to transplant democracy to other nations or addressing problems of poverty and discrimination, for example, are questions of social science,” Hennessy has said. “How we respond to global epidemics, or how we think about national health care and national defense also demand answers from the social sciences, in conjunction with engineering, medicine, and law.”

This is not the first time the university has recognized Smith’s achievements. In 2006 he received the Stanford Medal, one of the university’s highest awards, which recognizes a distinguished legacy of leadership. He also served as a Stanford University trustee for several years.

Smith has served on the Board of Trustees of the Paideia School, The National Kidney Foundation of Georgia and Prevent Blindness Georgia. He has also been a member of the President's Council of the Woodruff Arts Center, the Alumni Board of Governors of The Westminster School and served on the MBA Advisory Board of the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College.

Smith is a lecturer and an executive in residence at Dartmouth’s Tuck School and the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. He also is a member of the Leadership Atlanta class of 2000.

Posted by tanya at March 27, 2008 04:08 PM