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Thomas Ehrlich

Tom Ehrlich
Tom Ehrlich
Academic Title 
Adjunct Professor
Contact Information
(650) 721-2500
Program Affiliations 
SHIPS (PhD): Higher Education

He has just finished a book, written with a Stanford undergraduate as his co-author, about how and why young people should be involved in public service.

  • He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, was law clerk to Judge Learned Hand, and holds five honorary degrees.

He was formerly a law professor and dean of Stanford Law School and returned to Stanford in 2009 as a Visiting Professor of Education.

He has previously served as president of Indiana University, provost of the University of Pennsylvania, and dean of Stanford Law School. He was also the first president of the Legal Services Corporation in Washington, DC, and the first director of the International Development Cooperation Agency, reporting to President Carter. After his tenure at Indiana University, he was a Distinguished University Scholar at California State University and taught regularly at San Francisco State University. From 2000 to 2010 he was a Senior Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He is a trustee of Mills College, and has been a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania and Bennett College. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

  • Leadership and Administration in Higher Education
  • Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
  • Philanthropy

He is author, co-author, or editor of 14 books including Reconnecting Education and Foundations: Turning Good Intentions into Educational Capital (2007); Educating for Democracy: Preparing Undergraduates for Lives of Responsible Political Engagement (2007); and Rethinking Undergraduate Business Education: Liberal Learning for the Profession (2011). His most recent book is Civic Work, Civic Lessons: Two Generations Reflect on Public Service (Rowman & Littlefield/UPA, 2013) written with a Stanford student, Ernestine Fu, about how and why all people, particularly young people, should be involved in public service.

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