About the Role

Rice University Presidential Search

The Role

Rice University’s Board of Trustees has launched the search for the eighth president of the university, to succeed President David W. Leebron, who will step down after 18 successful years in June 2022. Under President Leebron’s leadership, the university has increased its undergraduate student population, established The Rice Investment, enhanced the vibrancy of the campus with $1.8 billion in completed or committed construction, extended its research endeavors and international presence, deepened its relationship with its home city of Houston and earned greater visibility locally, nationally and internationally.

The president is the chief executive officer of the university, reporting to the Board of Trustees. Reporting to the president are the provost and nine vice presidents. The president’s paramount objective is to drive excellence across all aspects of the university while preserving its distinctive values of responsibility, integrity, community, and excellence.

Rice seeks a transformational leader who is passionate about leading a research university with a distinctive commitment and access to undergraduate education. The next president must share the university’s aspirations of pathbreaking research, unsurpassed teaching, and contribution to the betterment of our world by cultivating a diverse and inclusive community of learning and discovery that produces leaders across the spectrum of human endeavor.