Condoleezza Rice to lead Stanford’s Hoover Institution

Condoleezza Rice. Photo by Steve Gladfelter.

By the Daily Post staff

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be the next director of Stanford’s conservative think tank, the Hoover Institution, Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne announced today (Jan. 28).

She will succeed Thomas Gilligan, who has served as director for five years and announced his departure in 2019.

Rice, 65, served as Stanford’s provost from 1993 to 1999 and was President George W. Bush’s National Security Advisor in his first term and his secretary of state in his second term.

In 2009, she returned to Stanford where she became a professor in the Graduate School of Business professor and a senior fellow at Hoover.

“We are very fortunate to have Condoleezza Rice assume the helm of the Hoover Institution,” Tessier-Lavigne said in a statement released today. “Her accomplishments as a scholar, strategic thinker, and public servant and her deep commitment to Hoover make her the ideal leader for defining the next chapter in Hoover’s long and distinguished history. She is also an exceptional teacher and is strongly committed to Stanford, having served as the university’s provost for six years and a member of our faculty since 1981. I and many other leaders at Stanford have greatly valued her wisdom and counsel and look forward to welcoming her to our executive leadership team.”

Tessier-Lavigne also thanked Gilligan for his service to Hoover and Stanford during the last five years.

“Tom has added to the breadth and depth of Hoover’s impressive fellowship, initiated new programs to broaden the impact of its research and well-positioned the institution for its second century,” he said.

Rice said she is looking forward to assuming the helm at Hoover  on Sept. 1 and shaping the future of an institution that addresses some of the most difficult challenges facing the country and the world.

“I’m honored to be named as Hoover’s next director,” Rice said. “Both the Hoover Institution and Stanford University are places that believe in the study and creation of ideas that define a free society. The nurturing of these ideas, the value of free inquiry and the preservation of open dialogue are the backbone of democracy. It will be a privilege to lead the institution as it moves into its second century and to work with the outstanding fellows who seek dynamic solutions to the incredible challenges on the horizon.”