Dr. Condoleezza Rice

Dr. Condoleezza Rice

Dr. Condoleezza Rice, a symbol of Empowerment of Women is credited with breaking several barriers which had been in the man’s domain so far. She served as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States from January 2005-2009, the second woman and first African American woman to hold the post. Earlier Rice had served as President George W. Bush’s Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (National Security Advisor) from January 2001-2005, the first woman to hold the position.

Rice also served as Stanford University’s Provost from 1993-1999, during which she was the institution’s chief budget and academic officer. As Provost, she was responsible for a $1.5 billion annual budget and the academic program involving 1,400 faculty members and 14,000students. In 1997, she also served on the Federal Advisory Committee on Gender—Integrated Training in the Military.

Condoleezza Rice is currently a professor of Political Economy in the Graduate School of Business; the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution and a professor of Political Science at Stanford University. She is also a founding partner of The Rice Hadley Group.

Earlier Rice had served on President George H.W. Bush’s National Security Council staff from 1989 through March 1991. She served as director; senior director of Soviet and East European Affairs and, special assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. In 1986, while an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, Rice also served as special assistant to the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

In another historic first, one of the world’s most exclusive golf clubs, Augusta National invited former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on 20 August 2012 to become the first female member since the founding of the club in 1932 along with the South Carolina financier Darla Moore.

As professor of Political Science, Rice has been on the Stanford faculty since 1981 and has won two of the highest teaching honors—the 1984 Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 1993 School of Humanities and Sciences Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.

She has authored and co-authored numerous books, including: No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington(2011); best seller Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family(2010); Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft (1995)with Philip Zelikow; The Gorbachev Era (1986) with Alexander Dallin; Uncertain Allegiance: The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army (1984).

In 1991, Rice co-founded the Center for a New Generation, an innovative, after-school academic enrichment program for students in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park, California. In 1996, CNG merged with the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula (an affiliate club of the Boys and Girls Club of America) with which she remains actively involved even today.

Rice currently serves on the board of C3, an energy software company, Makena Capital, a private endowment firm, and Kior, a renewable fuels company. In addition, she is a member of the boards of the Commonwealth Club, the Aspen Institute, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Previously, she has also served on various additional boards, for example: the Chevron Corporation; the Charles Schwab Corporation; the Transamerica Corporation; the
University of Notre Dame and the San Francisco Symphony Board of Governors.