Breadth Governance Board (BGB)

Board Membership 2020-21

Chair and Vice Chair

  • Lynn Hildemann, Chair, BGB; Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Heather Hadlock, Vice-chair, BGB; Music

Board Members

  • Simone D'Amico, Aeronautics and Astronautics- AQR, FR, SMA
  • James Fearon, Political Science - ED, SI
  • Paula Findlen, History - ED, SI
  • Mark Greif, English - AII, ER
  • Heather Hadlock, Music - AII, CE 
  • Lynn Hildemann, Civil and Environ. Eng.- AQR, FR, SMA
  • Haiyan Lee, EALC/Comparative Literature- AII, ED
  • Bert Patenaude, Pediatrics (History/Political Science) - ER, SI
  • Elizabeth Tallent, English- AII, CE
  • Jamil Zaki, Psychology- ER, SI
  • Matthew Liao, Student, Human Biology
  • Riley Seow, Student, Comparative Literature and Symbolic Systems


  • Adam Banks, Chair, C-USP; Graduate School of Education
  • Kirsti Copeland, School of Engineering
  • Robyn Dunbar, School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences
  • Johanna Metzgar, Registrar
  • Sharon Palmer, Office of Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
  • Susan Weersing, School of Humanities and Sciences


In 2012, the Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford (SUES) recommended the change to a new Ways of Thinking/Ways of Doing (Ways) breadth system as a core part of its aims for a Stanford undergraduate education (owning knowledge, honing skills and capacities, developing personal and social responsibility, and adaptive learning).  SUES and the Faculty Senate believed that undergraduate education would be better structured by shifting from a discipline-based to a skills capacity-based model of achieving breadth. The Ways system is a Faculty Senate mandated program with a Charge to the Breadth Governance Board that oversees the Ways program.