Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be the keynote speaker for Mississippi College’s spring scholarship banquet to be held on Tuesday, April 17, 2012.
Born in segregated Birmingham, Alabama, Rice earned her bachelor’s degree in political science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver; her master’s from the University of Notre Dame and her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver. From 1989 through March 1991, Rice served on President George H.W. Bush’s National Security Council staff. 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 1993, Rice became the first woman and first African American to become a Stanford University provost. As Stanford’s provost, she was responsible for a $1.5 billion annual budget and the academic program involving 1,400 faculty members and 14,000 students.
She was appointed National Security Adviser by President George W. Bush in 2001 – the first female to hold that position – and served as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States from January 2005 through 2009. Today Rice is currently a professor of political economy in the Graduate School of Business and the author of No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington (November 2011).
“Condoleezza Rice is an American renaissance woman with notable accomplishments in the fields of academia, administration, diplomacy, and the arts,” says MC political science professor Glenn Antizzo, a specialist in international relations. “She served with effectiveness as national security adviser and Secretary of State during turbulent times for America immediately after the terrorist attacks on New York City and the Pentagon, and helped keep the United States safe after 9/11.”
Rice will be making her second speaking engagement at Mississippi College; she served as keynote speaker during MC Law graduation ceremonies in 2003. As speaker at the spring scholarship banquet, Rice will join an all-star roster of prominent guests, including former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, magazine publisher Steve Forbes, and formerArkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. The annual event has raised more than $1 million for scholarships at MC.