Established in 1983 in honor of President Emeritus Richard W. Lyman, the yearly Richard W. Lyman Award recognizes one outstanding faculty member who generously donates time to alumni, goes beyond the expectations of university appointments and embodies the Stanford Alumni Association mission.
2019 Richard W. Lyman Award Winner
Michael McFaul, ’86, MA ’86
Director and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; the Ken Olivier and Angela Nomellini Professor of International Studies in Political Science; and the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution.
Amidst a full schedule of teaching, writing and serving the Obama administration, Mike McFaul also finds time to be an ambassador of goodwill for the Stanford Alumni Association. A favorite during Reunion Homecoming, he contributes to the SAA mission of lifelong learning through faculty speaker events, Stanford+Connects, Sierra Camp, STARS, Leading Matters and countless other alumni programs.
Mike graduated from Stanford in 1986 with a B.A. in international relations and Slavic languages and an M.A. in Soviet and East European studies. He completed his D. Phil. in international relations at Oxford University in 1991 as a Rhodes Scholar, and joined the Stanford faculty in 1995.
When the Obama administration reached out, Mike answered the call, serving as special assistant to the President, senior director for Russian and Eurasian affairs at the National Security Council at the White House, and most recently as the US Ambassador to the Russian Federation. He has written and edited several books on international relations and foreign policy, and his op-ed writings have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. As an NBC News analyst, he provides expertise on foreign affairs and national security coverage.
In 2007, when he joined that unlikely presidential campaign, Mike had no idea that he would find himself at the beating heart of one of today’s most contentious and consequential international relationships. His latest book, New York Times bestseller From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia, is an inside account of US-Russia relations from the fall of the Soviet Union to the new rise of Vladimir Putin.
Mike is a symbol of everything that SAA looks for in a faculty representative. Alumni pack the aisles and give standing ovations every time he speaks. He gets rave reviews and clearly cares about every audience, whether he is talking to a group of 300 or a single person who has stayed behind to ask a follow up question. His willingness to make time in his very busy schedule reminds us how lucky we are to enjoy his dedication to Stanford University and the Stanford Alumni Association.
2018 | Tina Seelig, professor of the practice in management science and engineering, and faculty director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program
2017 | Abbas Milani, Hamid and Christina Moghadam Director of Iranian Studies, co-director of the Iran Democracy Project and research fellow at the Hoover Institution
2016 | James A. Fox, director of the Center for Latin American Studies, associate professor of anthropological sciences and, by courtesy, of Spanish and Portuguese
2015 | Jeffrey R. Koseff, Perry L. McCarty Director of the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford, Michael Forman University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, and William Alden Campbell and Martha Campbell Professor of Civic and Environmental Engineering
2014 | Margot Gerritsen, associate professor of energy resources engineering, director of the institute for computational and mathematical engineering, and senior associate dean in the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences
2013 | Larry Diamond, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and professor, by courtesy, of sociology and of political science, and the Peter E. Haas Faculty Co-Director of the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford
2012 | Hank Greely, Deane F. and Kate Edelman Johnson Professor of Law
2011 | Lyman P. Van Slyke, professor emeritus of history
2010 | Al Camarillo, professor of History, Miriam and Peter Haas Centennial Professor in Public Service and special assistant to the provost for faculty diversity
2009 | Rob Dunbar, W.M. Keck Professor in the School of Earth Sciences, Victoria P. and Roger W. Sant Director of the Earth Systems Program, and senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment
2008 | Barton H. "Buzz" Thompson, Paradise Professor of Natural Resources Law and McCarty Director of the Woods Institute for the Environment
2007 | Philip Zimbardo, professor emeritus of psychology
2006 | Marsh McCall, professor of classics
2005 | Pamela Matson, dean of the School of Earth Sciences, and professor geological and environmental sciences
2004 | David Brady, Bowen H. and Janice Arthur McCoy Professor of Political Science; Morris M. Doyle Centennial Professor in Public Policy; and senior fellow at the Institute for International Studies
2003 | Harry Elam, Christiansen Professor for the Humanities and the Robert and Ruth Halperin University Fellow in Undergraduate Education
2002 | John W. Rick, associate professor
2001 | David B. Abernethy, professor emeritus of political science and director of the Center for African Studies
2000 | Nancy H. Packer, Melvin and Bill Lane Professor in the Humanities
1999 | William H. Durham, Bing Professor of Human Biology and the Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang University Fellow in Undergraduate Education
1998 | Wanda M. Corn, Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences
1997 | Albert H. Hastorf, Benjamin Scott Crocker Professor of Human Biology, professor of psychology, and, by courtesy, professor emeritus in the Graduate School of Business
1996 | Robert C. Gregg, Teresa Hihn Moore Professor in Religious Studies, emeritus
1995 | Norman M. Naimark, professor and senior fellow, by courtesy, at the Institute for International Studies
1995 | James T.S. Porterfield, (honorary) member of academic council; James Irvin Miller Professor of Finance in the Graduate School of Business, emeritus
1994 | Ernle W. D. Young, teaching professor of medicine (pulmonary and critical care)
1993 | Ronald A. Rebholz, professor emeritus of English
1992 | Barry M. Katz, consulting professor of mechanical engineering
1991 | Channing R. Robertson, Ruth G. and William K. Bowes Professor of Chemical Engineering
1990 | J. Martin Evans, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor
1989 | Diane Wood Middlebrook, professor emerita of English
1988 | David M. Kennedy, Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History
1987 | Albert E. Elsen, Walter A. Haas Professor of Art History
1986 | William M. Chace, professor emeritus of English and former vice provost for academic planning and development
1985 | Ezra Solomon, Dean Witter Professor of Finance, emeritus
1984 | Herant Katchadourian, professor emeritus of human biology
1983 | James L. Adams, professor emeritus of industrial engineering and engineering management