I've been reading Dreams Die Hard, and highly recommend that you at least read the first few chapters—they deal a ton with the history of Stanford. Specifically, there's much discussion of Stern hall, which in the early 60's was considered the lamest of alternatives to living in a fraternity. Allard Lowenstein, who is one of the major characters in the book, played a big role in trying to change the perception of Stern hall on campus. It's really interesting stuff.
I did some quick browsing online and found a helpful university-run webpage that gives short descriptions about the role that Stanford's presidents played in the development of the university. It's pretty interesting stuff: http://stanford.edu/home/stanford/leader.html#Sterling
Hope all is well, and that the beginnings of summer have found you well-rested!