serving for eight years as University provost-longer than anyone
since the position was created in 1962-Geoffrey R. Stone, JD'71,
will step down later this academic year to return to research
and teaching at the University.
the Harry Kalven Jr. distinguished service professor in the
Law School and the College, was appointed provost by University
president Hugo Sonnenschein in 1993 after serving for six years
as Law School dean. While provost, he taught one class a year
in Constitutional law, coedited eight volumes of the Supreme
Court Review, coauthored several casebooks, and coauthored
the book Eternal Vigilance: Free Speech in the Modern Era
(Chicago, 2001). He has recently begun a new book on freedom
of speech during wartime.
Stone is credited with strengthening the University's finances
early in his tenure, his most lasting legacy as provost may
be the Campus Master Plan, a two-year process he oversaw that
spawned several major construction projects, including the Max
Palevsky Residential Commons, the Bartlett Dining Commons, the
Press building, the Ratner Athletics Center, the Interdivisional
Research Building, improvements on the Midway Plaisance, and
expansion of the Graduate School of Business facilities.
is difficult to imagine the administration of the University
without him," said President Don M. Randel in a letter
to faculty, students, and staff. Randel is seeking nominees
to replace Stone and hopes to fill the position with a member
of the University community. Stone will continue as provost
until a successor is found.