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Patrick Dunkley
Position: Deputy Director, HR and Legal Affairs

Patrick Dunkley joined the Stanford Department of Athletics and Recreation (DAPER) in the spring of 2011 as one of the two Deputy Directors of Athletics. Dunkley is responsibility for human resources, DAPER legal affairs and leadership initiatives. Dunkley also is the sport administrator for indoor and outdoor track and field, cross-country, baseball, men’s rowing, women’s rowing, and lightweight rowing.

Dunkley joined DAPER after nearly a decade of serving Stanford as a member of the Office of the General Counsel. During his time in the legal office Dunkley became intimately involved in the activities of DAPER serving as its legal counsel. Dunkley was selected by Provost John Etchemendy to serve as interim athletic director in 2012 after the departure of Bob Bowlsby to become the Commissioner of the Big 12 Conference and before the hiring of current Athletic Director, Bernard Muir.

Prior to his arrival at Stanford, Dunkley was a vice president in the legal department at Charles Schwab and Company in San Francisco. He spent the first 10 years of his legal career as an associate and partner at Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw, Pittman. Before he began his legal career Dunkley was a certified public accountant for eight years including several years at a national accounting firm.

Dunkley is a member of the Board of Directors of two charter schools, including East Palo Alto High School, which is affiliated with Stanford University. Dunkley graduated with a degree in business administration from San Jose State University in 1982 and earned his law degree from Santa Clara University in 1990.

Patrick and his wife, Helen, have two daughters, Rachel and Gelila. When he is not working he enjoys spending time with his family, coaching his daughters' sports teams, playing sports, working out and reading.

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