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National Security Adviser-Designate Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice currently works as a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. She also served as the provost of Stanford University. Rice held the position of provost for six years, during which time she served as the chief academic and budget officer of the university, before stepping down on July 1, 1999. She took a one-year leave of absence from the university to work as George W. Bush’s foreign policy adviser during the campaign.

She is a tenured professor in the university’s political science department and was a Hoover Institution national fellow from 1985 until 1986.

Following her initial Hoover Institution affiliation, Rice went to Washington, D.C. to work on nuclear strategic planning at the Joint Chiefs of Staff as part of a Council on Foreign Relations fellowship. She came back to Stanford when the fellowship ended.

Rice returned to Washington in 1989 when she was director of Soviet and East European affairs with the National Security Council. She also was appointed special assistant to the president for national security affairs and senior director for Soviet affairs at the National Security Council under President George Bush. In those roles, she helped bring democratic reforms to Poland, and played a vital role in crafting many of the Bush administration’s policies with the former Soviet Union.

Rice’s professional activities since returning to Stanford have not been limited to the university. She cofounded the Center for a New Generation, an after-school academy in East Palo Alto, California, and is a corporate board member for Chevron, the Hewlett Foundation, and Charles Schwab. In addition, Rice is a member of J.P. Morgan’s international advisory council.

Rice is a Council of Foreign Relations member, a National Endowment for the Humanities trustee, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

She has written numerous articles and several books on international relations and foreign affairs.

Rice enrolled at the University of Denver at the age of 15, graduating at 19 with a bachelor’s degree in political science (cum laude). She earned a master’s degree at the University of Notre Dame and a doctorate from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of International Studies. Both of her advanced degrees are also in political science.

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