potential to help catapult NewYork City into a leadership posi-tion in technology, to enhance itsentrepreneurial endeavors andoutcomes, diversify its economicbase, enhance its talent pool andhelp our nation maintain its glob-al lead in science and technology.”The school will have an em-phasis on transferring discoveriesto the marketplace, as it is expect-ed to serve as a catalyst for new jobs in New York.If StanfordNYC can produce just 50 percent of the Stanfordstartups in Silicon Valley, over100,000 new jobs could be createdin the first 20 to 30 years on Roo-sevelt Island, University officialssaid in a press release Wednesday.They also claimed that SiliconValley venture capitalists have in-dicated they would follow Stan-ford to New York.A faculty committee designedStanfordNYC’s academic pro-gram, which will focus heavily onprograms in engineering, comput-er science, entrepreneurship,graduate business and technologymanagement.“We can create a communityof scholars in an entirely new en-vironment, generating the nextwave of ideas and break-throughs,” said Jim Plummer,dean of Stanford’s School of En-gineering, in the press announce-ment. “Innovation happens whenyou are challenged by new prob-lems and look at solutions fromnew perspectives. Our faculty isvery excited about the possibili-ties of New York City.”Hennessy noted that he seesthe program expanding over theyears to the undergraduate popu-lation.“Over time, we can also devel-op programs for undergraduatesin New York,” Hennessy said in alate September joint interviewwith the Stanford Report, Stan-ford magazine and The Daily. “Ican imagine a program potential-ly larger than our Washington,D.C. program or any of our over-seas programs — where studentscan spend a quarter or more in thecity. The cultural richness of NewYork — in the visual arts, drama,music — offers benefits both tostudents and to the departmentshere on campus.”This submission marks the be-ginning of the final stage of a year-long process. Bloomberg and theNYCEDC launched Applied Sci-ences NYC last December with arequest for proposals (RFP).Hennessy discussed the ideawith the Faculty Senate and ledStanford in submitting a formal“expression of interest” in March;a New York campus was also thecenter of focus in April’s Aca-demic Council meeting.In July, Bloomberg requestedspecific plans from the 27 institu-tions — and others that met cer-tain criteria — that responded tothe RFP. Since then, Stanford hasbeen working on its formal sub-mission: a 600-page proposal thatincludes detailed academic, finan-cial, design and legal documents.The Board of Trustees approvedthe proposal in a meeting earlythis month.Final proposals are due by Fri-day; after that point, NYC offi-cials will begin the process of re-view.Stanford officials are expect-ing to travel to New York Cityafter Thanksgiving to discuss theproposal. The city plans to make adecision by the end of the year.However, there has been spec-ulation that Bloomberg may endup picking multiple winners. Co-lumbia University and New YorkUniversity have proposed in-creasing the size and scope of their existing programs in the city,while Carnegie Mellon Universi-ty is proposing a school in Brook-lyn. Since none of these proposalsinvolve Roosevelt Island, there isthe possibility that the city couldaward Roosevelt Island to onegroup and a second site to anoth-er group.“I want a new player here,”said NYU President John Sextonto Crains New York. “I’ve beenencouraging Stanford since Feb-ruary to come into this. I’m de-lighted Cornell is in this. We havedifferent ideas that aren’t in com-petition with each other. Theycomplement each other.”One potential complication toawarding multiple schools the$100 million and land grant isBloomberg’s term, which expiresin 2013. Bloomberg’s administra-tion has moved very quickly to se-lect a school in just one year tobreak ground while Bloomberg isstill in office. Accomplishing thiswith two different groups couldprove difficult.Many of the 27 institutionsthat expressed interest havedropped their bid for considera-tion; Purdue, a public university,decided to stop pursuing the ap-plied sciences campus in late Sep-tember, citing insufficient finan-cial backing from New York.Cornell continues to be Stan-ford’s main contender for theRoosevelt Island bid. The twouniversities are widely consideredto be the favorites to be selectedand have been making similarmoves since the competitionbegan.Cornell reportedly hired a lob-byist and a public relations firmfor its pitch, and University Presi-dent David Skorton made a pitchin a July 11 YouTube video. Stan-ford has hired public relationsfirm Edelman and political con-sulting firm Tusk and most recent-ly had Google co-founders LarryPage M.S. ‘98 and Sergey BrinM.S. ‘95 expressing their supportfor Stanford’s bid on Stanford’snew Tumblr site.Most importantly, both schoolshave gained partners in their bidssince the initial proposals. Earlierthis month, Cornell declared thatit would partner with The Tech-nion — Israel Institute of Tech-nology. A week before Cornellannounced the partnership, Stan-ford declared the creation of “Stanford@CCNY,” a collabora-tion with the City University of New York (CUNY) and City Col-lege of New York (CCNY). If Stanford’s proposal is accepted,Stanford@CCNY will offer jointCCNY-Stanford B.A./M.S. andB.S./M.S. degree programs, givingCity College students a uniqueopportunity to pursue an ad-vanced degree at Stanford as un-dergraduates.“One of the evaluation criteriais community engagement andcommunity outreach,” said Stan-ford spokesperson Lisa Lapin.“Our partnership with CCNY isgoing to help us get a jumpstart ona campus there and give us an ac-ademic location while we build anew campus.”Lapin noted that the collabo-ration with CCNY is “not directlyrelated” to Stanford’s proposal,noting that New York’s criteriadoes not require a partnershipwith any in-city organization.Lapin said the collaborationwould allow Stanford to have fac-ulty and students in New York in2013, before the permanent facili-ties would be completed on Roo-sevelt Island.Hennessy sees the proposedcampus as a great opportunity fornot only Stanford and New York,but also the entire nation.“We are an American universi-ty, founded to do things for thepeople and this country,” Hen-nessy said in his joint interviewwith Stanford new sources.“That’s certainly embedded in theFounding Grant language. I’mconvinced that this country’sleadership position in science andtechnology will be jeopardized if we cannot grow more major insti-tutions and produce more gradu-ates in science and technology.”
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The Stanford Daily
Stanford officials reflect on NYC negotiations
By CAROLINE CHEN
This piece, originally published January 30,2012, was the first in a series of articles by The Daily News Staff exploring Stanford’s bid and subsequent withdrawal from the compe- tition for an applied sciences and engineering campus in New York City.
Stanford withdrew its bid for a New Yorkapplied sciences and engineering campusbecause the city repeatedly revised the termsof its offer and could not be trusted as a reli-able partner, said Stanford administrators,responding to media reports that Stanfordwas not adequately prepared for the toughnegotiation style of New York officials.Stanford’s sudden withdrawal on Dec. 16surprised many, as the University was con-sidered a frontrunner in the competition.The University press release announced thatStanford had decided, “it would not be in thebest interests of the University to continueto pursue the opportunity,” but did not pro-vide any details or explanation.Cornell, Stanford’s main competitor andthe ultimate competition winner, announceda $350 million gift hours after Stanford’swithdrawal, prompting speculations thatStanford had pulled out after hearing aboutCornell’s donation in advance, an allegationthat Stanford administrators have denied.Meanwhile, The New York Times report-ed that “the University, with no experiencebuilding in New York, recoiled at meetingterms laid down by the city after its proposalwas submitted, while Cornell, with extensiveexperience in the city — its medical school isin Manhattan — expected such negotia-tions.” The New York Times quoted a city of-ficial as saying, “Stanford could not or wouldnot keep up.”Up until now, Stanford officials have notspoken publicly about specific details of thefailed negotiations.Last Thursday, President John Hennessydiscussed his decision with the Faculty Sen-ate. “The city made a set of requirementswhich from our perspective, would increasethe risk and cost, and decrease some of thelong term benefits,” he said. “While we be-lieved we could win the proposal, it wouldrequire us to make concessions which wouldreduce future opportunities for the corecampus . . . and compromise the universitycampus.”Officials at both the New York Mayor’soffice and the New York City Economic De-velopment Corporation refused to commenton the negotiation process and whether theyhad played a “bait and switch” game withStanford.“All schools were competing on the sameterms and all of the terms were outlinedspecifically in the RFP (Request for Propos-al). It’s that simple,” said one city official,who asked to remain anonymous and de-clined to comment further.“Nothing about the RFP was firm,” saidUniversity spokesperson Lisa Lapin. “Thecity was making changes to all of the terms of the project.”For instance, Lapin said that the city re-quired Stanford to proceed with the projecteven if the city revoked the $100 million itpromised to the competition winner.“There were issues about liability for . . .the environmental risks involved in the site,”Provost John Etchemendy Ph.D. ’82 told TheDaily. “They wanted us to indemnify themfor anything they had done, anything thathad happened. So for example, if somebodysued about exposure to chemicals 20 yearsago, we would have been liable; and that’s anexample.”Hennessy added that the city also back-tracked on the amount of land they hadpromised. Originally, Stanford believed theywould be granted land from shore to shoreon Roosevelt Island. But New York cut backthe land offer, which meant that Stanfordwould have to pay to buy additional land if they wanted to build the campus for whichthey originally planned.Finally, Hennessy said Stanford could notsee eye to eye with the city on how quicklythe campus could scale up.“We would not compromise our facultyhiring standards,” Hennessy said. “Particu-larly when many faculty already believe theylive in Nirvana . . . [that] increased some of the issues for us in terms of how to scale up.”Hennessy and the faculty committee re-sisted the city’s push to ramp up quickly.“This needs to be one university, two cam-puses, not an A campus and a B campus,”Hennessy said. “Clearly, a smaller campusbut it can’t be different quality-wise. And thatI think was a real point of differentiation be-tween Stanford and what the city wanted.”Besides the changing terms of the RFP, itseems that Stanford was turned off by thetone of the negotiations, which led the Uni-versity to feel that it could not work success-fully with the city.“I think Stanford wanted very much to dothis, if we had a willing partner in New YorkCity,” said Jim Plummer, dean of the Schoolof Engineering. “I think that it became clearas we went through the negotiations that itwas more of a city talking to a land develop-er kind of discussion, rather than a partnertalking to a partner.”All together, these aspects made Stan-ford feel that success could not be guaran-teed.“If we could not succeed in achievingeverything that NYC wanted, then we wouldhave had a campus 3,000 miles away thatwould end up being an albatross around ourneck,” Etchemendy said.In New York, Roosevelt Islanders saidthey were shocked to hear that Stanford waswithdrawing.“Everybody was completely stunned be-yond imagination; the news flew through thecommunity like wildfire,” said Denise Shull,a common councilor on Roosevelt Island’sResidents Association Silicon Island Sub-committee.Schull said she was disappointed thatStanford dropped their bid.“From my perspective . . . the island wasmuch more in support of Stanford. They justhave a fabulous reputation. There’s just notwo ways about it,” she said.On the other hand, residents have alsowelcomed Cornell enthusiastically.“In reflection, now that Cornell is goingto be here, New York is going to be able to doit’s own thing, rather that be a satellite to Sil-icon Valley,” said Jonathan Kalkin, formerdirector of the Roosevelt Island OperatingCorporation.At the end of the day, Stanford maintainsthat the bid was worthwhile, even though theproposal cost the University $3 million.“The saying ‘nothing ventured, nothinggained’ is most apt,” read the Universitypress release at the time of Stanford’s with-drawal.
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Stanford withdrew its proposal for a New York campus on Dec. 16. In reflecting on the ne-gotiation process within the competition for the applied sciences campus, Stanford officialssaid that the city repeatedly revised the terms of its offer, making an agreement untenable.