William F. Massy

  • Stanford University (emeritus)

Bill Massy is Professor Emeritus of Higher Education and former vice president for business and finance at Stanford University, where he also served as vice provost for research, acting provost, professor and associate dean at the Graduate School of Business, and director of the Stanford Institute for Higher Education Research. He is currently an independent consultant to universities worldwide, focusing on quality and productivity issues in higher education. Bill’s most recent book, due to be released early in 2016 is Reengineering the University: How to be Mission Centered, Market Smart, and Margin Conscious (Johns Hopkins University Press). His other books include Academic Quality Work: A Handbook for Improvement (2007) with Stephen Graham and Paula Short; and Honoring the Trust: Quality and Cost Containment in Higher Education (2003). In 2000, his full-scale computer simulation of university behavior, Virtual U., was released by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Bill served on the National Research Council’s Panel on Measuring Higher Education Productivity and is a member of the Forum for the Future of Higher Education’s board. He has presented papers and moderated panels at several Aspen symposia, and has led the Forum’s Master Class for the past several years. Bill earned his Ph.D. in Economics from MIT.