Dunkley to serve as interim Athletic Director following Bob Bowlsby's departure on June 16
Patrick Dunkley joined the Stanford Athletics Department in the Spring of 2011 as one of the two Deputy Directors of Athletics. Dunkley is responsibility for Human Resources, NCAA, Pac 12 and Institutional Compliance as well as all DAPER legal affairs.
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. He was also a member of the search committees that resulted in the hiring of the Director of Athletics Bob Bowlsby, Head Football Coach, Jim Harbaugh, and Head Men's Basketball Coach, Johnny Dawkins.
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 in the firm's litigation and employment law practices. While at Pillsbury he represented clients from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies in cases involving a very diverse array of issues, including several jury trials. 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.