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Stanford University's first "geek president" celebrates his 10th anniversary this fall having established what many academic observers call a new model for American college leadership, once the province of tweedy scholars.

As the first high-tech entrepreneur to lead a top research university, John Hennessy has re-rooted Stanford in Silicon Valley -- while extending its global reach.

In a roller-coaster decade, the popular leader has presided over more than $6.3 billion in gifts and dozens of new construction projects that place the university in the red-hot center of innovation, from stem cells and