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David Rasch

University Ombuds
Offices of the President and Provost
Years at Stanford: 
30 years

Tell us about your career journey at Stanford. What department/position did you start in and how did you get to where you are now?
I started in 1985 as a therapist at the Faculty Staff Help Center. I became director of the FSHC in 1992, then was hired as University Ombuds in 2004.

Point of Pride: Tell us briefly about an event, project, program or initiative you were involved with at Stanford that you're most proud of.
I was part of a small group that started the Threat Assessment Team at Stanford in the early 1990s. This group has grown and developed through the years, and still meets twice a month.

What do you enjoy most about working at Stanford?
Working with a widely diverse group of people who are speaking honestly about their work and life experiences. Having the opportunity to be a confidential resource and provide assistance in such a variety of challenges. I've learned a lot.

Leave your Legacy: What piece of guidance or advice would you give to a new hire to Stanford?
Try to enjoy, or at least be interested in, the unique complexity of the institution, don't despair when you encounter the inevitable snags, and get out into the sun.

Tell us about your hobbies outside of work and/or something unique about yourself.
I enjoy writing and playing the electric guitar.

What is your favorite place on campus, and why?
The swimming pool. I love to swim.


Congratulations, David!

Submitted by Valerie Beeman on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 14:16

Congratulations on your contributions and years of service; I hope to see you at the event!


Submitted by Brittany Cripe on Friday, April 22, 2016 - 06:28

Thank you and congratulations for 30 years of service at Stanford!