portrait of Bill Massy

Bill Massy

Professor Emeritus and former Vice President for Business & Finance, Stanford University

Bill leads off with a pragmatic approach to shrink academic costs–without cutting academic programs. He will summarize ideas from his new book, Resource Management for Colleges and Universities, and lessons learned during 40 years of wrestling with academic budgets as a Professor, Dean, and Vice President of Finance at Stanford University.

Bill, an emeritus professor and former officer of Stanford University, has been active as a teacher/researcher, consultant, and university administrator for more than forty years. After gaining tenure in Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, he served the central administration as Vice Provost for Research, Acting Provost, and Vice President for Business and Finance—during which time he developed and pioneered financial planning and management tools that have become standard in the field—and then as Professor of Higher Education working on resource allocation, cost containment, and academic quality assurance and improvement. He co-directed the Department of Education’s National Center for Postsecondary Improvement from 1996 to 2002, served on Hong Kong’s University Grants Committee from 1991 to 2003, and has been an Honorary Faculty Fellow at the University of Melbourne (AU) since 2010. His most recent book is Reengineering the University: How to Be Mission Centered, Market Smart, and Margin Conscious (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016). Dr. Massy holds a Ph.D. in economics and MS in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a BS from Yale University.