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Clark Atlanta University To Welcome Condoleezza Rice, Ph.D., 66th U.S. Secretary Of State, As 2015 Founders Day Orator

Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2015


Donna Brock

Larry Calhoun

ATLANTA (March 12, 2015) -- Clark Atlanta University (CAU) will welcome Condoleezza Rice, Ph.D., the 66th U.S. Secretary of State, who will deliver the University’s 2015 Founders Day Convocation speech Thursday, March 19, at 10:45 a.m. on the University’s main campus.  The University will confer upon her the Doctorate of Humane Letters honoris causa during the proceedings.

Clark Atlanta University President Carlton E. Brown says, “Dr. Condoleezza Rice’s professional and civic record exemplifies the power of disciplined study, the irreplaceable value of lifelong curiosity and the impact of focused servant leadership.  Her presence affirms that our institution continues to be a forum where global leaders exchange important ideas, continuing a level of discourse that is necessary for the intellectual and spiritual perpetuation of our institution’s great legacy.”

While CAU was established in July 1988, Founders Day annually honors the institution’s unique history, celebrating the legacies of its two parent institutions, Atlanta University (1865), the nation’s first African-American graduate school, and Clark College (1869), the nation’s first private, liberal arts college serving a primarily African-American student population.  Embracing nearly 300 years of combined history, CAU today is a private, United Methodist Church-affiliated, doctoral research institution that educates nearly 3,500 aspiring leaders from across the United States and myriad foreign nations at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels.  

This year’s Founders Week observance also will commemorate the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” the 1965 civil rights march from Selma, to Montgomery, Ala.  Brown noted that Rice is a daughter of Birmingham, Ala., “not unfamiliar with the tumult and violence that characterized so much of the movement.  That she has transcended those dark moments and risen to positions of leadership on the world stage speaks volumes about her intelligence, her wisdom and her faith.  I am excited for our students to be able to witness this firsthand.”

Rice is currently the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Stanford 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 RiceHadleyGates, LLC.

From January 2005-2009, Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States, the second woman and first African-American woman to hold the post. Rice also 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 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 14,000 students.  In 1997, she also served on the Federal Advisory Committee on Gender -- Integrated Training in the Military.

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.  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 two bestsellers, No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington (2011) and 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; and Uncertain Allegiance: The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army (1984).

In 1991, Rice cofounded the Center for a New Generation (CNG), an innovative, after-school academic enrichment program for students in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park, Calif.  In 1996, CNG merged with the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula (an affiliate club of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America).  CNG has since expanded to local BGCA chapters in Birmingham, Atlanta, and Dallas.  She remains an active proponent of an extended learning day through after-school programs. 

Since 2009, Rice has served as a founding partner at RiceHadleyGates, LLC, an international strategic consulting firm based in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C.  The firm works with senior executives of major companies to implement strategic plans and expand in emerging markets.  Other partners include former National Security Advisor Stephen J. Hadley and former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates.

For more information on Clark Atlanta University, go to www.cau.edu.  For more information on the 2015 Founders Week Schedule.

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Category: Ceremonials
Keywords: Founders Day Convocation, Condoleeza Rice