Student Exposes Scandal Leading to Resignation of Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne
Stanford University President, Marc Tessier-Lavigne, has resigned following allegations of research misconduct. The allegations, first reported by a student newspaper, questioned the integrity of Tessier-Lavigne's research and his failure to address errors. While a report released by the university's board of trustees confirmed some of the allegations, it did not agree with the newspaper's claims of potential research fraud. Tessier-Lavigne, who had a successful career as a neuroscientist and fundraiser, joined Stanford in 2016 and helped raise billions of dollars for the university. Richard Saller, a Stanford classics professor, will serve as interim president.
Marc Tessier-Lavigne, a renowned neuroscientist and former president of Stanford University, has resigned amidst allegations of research misconduct and failure to address errors. Tessier-Lavigne, who had a stellar reputation in academia and was credited with breakthrough research into Alzheimer's disease, faced scrutiny after articles written by Stanford student Theo Baker raised questions about the integrity of his research. While the university's board of trustees confirmed some of the allegations, they stopped short of agreeing with claims of research fraud. Tessier-Lavigne had been successful in fundraising for the university, helping to grow its endowment to over $36 billion and securing significant donations from Silicon Valley. However, the allegations of research misconduct and his failure to correct errors ultimately led to his resignation. Richard Saller, a classics professor, will serve as the interim president. Baker, a student journalist, expressed satisfaction with the impact of his reporting and the power of independent student media to raise concerns.