William F. Massy

  • Stanford University

Bill Massy is an emeritus professor and former vice president of Stanford University. After gaining tenure in Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, he served the central administration as Vice Provost for Research, Acting Provost, and Vice President for Business and Finance—during which time he developed and pioneered financial planning and management tools that have become standard in the field. Massy then served as Professor of Higher Education at the Graduate School of Education, where he worked on resource allocation, cost containment, mathematical modeling, and academic quality assurance and improvement. From 1996 to 2002 he co-directed the Department of Education’s National Center for Postsecondary Improvement. He served on Hong Kong’s University Grants Committee from 1991 to 2003 and since 2010 has been an Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne’s (AU) Graduate School of Education. Massy is a prolific author. His most recent book is Reengineering the University: How to be Mission Centered, Market Smart, and Margin Conscious was published by 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). Massy holds a Ph.D. in economics and MS in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a BS from Yale University.