Search Committee

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Robert T. Ladd '78

Chairman, Rice University Board of Trustees

Chairman, Presidential Search Committee

Rob serves as managing partner of Stellus Capital Management, a private investment management firm with assets under management of $1.8 billion, and as chairman and chief executive officer of Stellus Capital Investment Corporation, a NYSE listed business development company.

Prior to founding Stellus Capital Management, he led the Direct Capital group of D.E. Shaw from 2004 to 2012. Before D.E. Shaw, Rob served as president of Duke Energy North America, LLC, and chief executive officer of Duke Capital Partners, LLC. Rob was active in business restructuring when he served as the managing partner of Arthur Andersen LLP’s corporate restructuring practice worldwide. He started his career with First City Bancorporation, where he served as executive vice president for the Texas Banking Division.

Rob received a B.A. in managerial studies and economics from Rice University and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin, where he was a Sord Scholar and recipient of the Dean’s Award for Academic Achievement.

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Anna Margaret Clyburn '21

Former Student Association President, Rice University

Anna Margaret is a recent Rice graduate, graduating this past May with the Class of 2021. While at Rice, she endeavored to cultivate a more compassionate and just campus in her roles as president of Martel College and of the student body. In addition to her student government efforts, Anna Margaret dedicated her time to teaching others about maternal mortality, advocating for more equitable and inclusive Texas health care policies, and writing an undergraduate thesis on the intersection between First Amendment law, emerging technologies and sexual violence. Anna Margaret is now preparing to begin a career in strategy consulting with Deloitte in San Francisco.

Anna Margaret received a B.A. in history and French from Rice University in 2021.

Jim Crownover

Jim Crownover '61

Former Chairman and Trustee Emeritus, Rice University Board of Trustees

Jim is a chemical engineering graduate, cum laude, from Rice University and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He enjoyed a 30-year career with McKinsey and Company, leading the firm’s practice in the southwest and serving on its board of directors. Subsequently, he was named to the boards of five NYSE companies, four of which he served as chairman or lead director.

Jim joined the Rice Board of Trustees in 1998, led the last Rice Presidential Search and served two terms as board chairman. He has been involved with several charities over the past three decades, including the United Way, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet, MD Anderson Foundation and St. John’s School. He has received the Rice Alumni Association’s Gold Medal and Stanford’s John Gardner Volunteer Leadership Award and was named a Houston Man of Distinction and the United Way Volunteer of the Year, twice.

Jim received a B.A., cum laude, in chemical engineering in 1965 and a B.S. also in chemical engineering in 1966, both from Rice University. Jim and his wife, Molly, have one daughter who lives in Berlin.

Ann Doerr

Ann Doerr '75, '76

Trustee Emerita, Rice University Board of Trustees

Ann is a co-founder of The Doerr Institute for New Leaders and participated on The Next Century Campaign: Leadership Committee from 1997 to 2004 at Rice.

Ann is the board chairwoman for Khan Academy and president of the Benificus Foundation. She has served on the boards of the Environmental Defense Fund, What’s Next California Advisory Committee, Crystal Springs Uplands School and The University of California at San Francisco Foundation.

Ann received her B.S. in electrical engineering in 1975 and an M.E.E. also in electrical engineering in 1976 from Rice University.

Doug Foshee

Doug Foshee '92

Trustee Emeritus, Rice University Board of Trustees

Doug has spent over 30 years in the energy industry and is founder and owner of Sallyport Investments, LLC. Doug is former chairman, president and chief executive officer of El Paso Corporation, which owned North America’s largest natural gas pipeline system and one of North America’s largest natural gas producers prior to its merger with Kinder Morgan, Inc. in 2012, one of the largest mergers in energy industry history.

Prior to joining El Paso in 2003, Doug served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for Halliburton. He joined Halliburton in 2001 as executive vice president and chief financial officer. Prior to that, Doug was president, chief executive officer and chairman of the board at Nuevo Energy Company. From 1993 to 1997, Doug served Torch Energy Advisors Inc. in various capacities, including chief operating officer and chief executive officer. He held various positions in finance and new business ventures with ARCO International Oil and Gas Company and spent seven years as an energy lender.

Doug earned a B.B.A. in finance from Southwest Texas State University in 1982 and an MBA from the Jesse H. Jones School at Rice University in 1992. He also is a 1991 graduate of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University.

Terrence Gee

Terrence Gee '86

Trustee, Rice University Board of Trustees

Terrence serves on the leadership team of Cardinal System Holdings as well serving as the chief information officer of Cardinal’s largest operating company, Coca-Cola Beverages Florida. He also serves as the chairman of Athenian Consulting Group, a business advisory and management consulting firm. Terrence previously enjoyed a 22-year career with Accenture, serving as a partner in the firm’s Global Energy practice. In addition to serving as a Rice trustee, Terrence also serves on the boards of the Prairie View A&M Foundation, Child Advocates, Inc., Spring Spirit, Gray Matter Analytics and CONA Services.

Terrence has received the Association of Rice Alumni Meritorious Service Award (2016) and the Association of Rice University Black Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement in Service and Contributions to the University (2012).

A 1986 Rice graduate with a B.A. in economics, Terrence currently resides in Houston with his wife, Terri. They are the parents of three children: Madelyn, Matthew and Cole.

Tommy Huie

Tommy Huie '87

Trustee Emeritus, Rice University Board of Trustees

Tommy currently serves as an adviser to a number of financial services organizations, where he leverages his experience in investment management, corporate leadership and business strategy, risk analysis and compliance. He has served as president and chief investment officer for several business units, most notably with the U.S. offices of BMO Global Asset Management.

Tommy has worked with and served on boards of corporate business units, nonprofit organizations and trustees of mutual funds. A chartered financial analyst, Tommy built a successful record of portfolio management and research in investment management. He serves on the boards of the Association of Rice Alumni, the Council of Overseers for the Jones Graduate School of Business and the Advisory Board for the Brown School of Engineering.

A 1987 graduate of Rice with a B.S. in electrical engineering and a B.A. in mathematical sciences and managerial studies, Tommy also earned an MBA in 1993 in finance and statistics from the Booth Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago.

Christopher Johns-Krull

Christopher Johns-Krull

Speaker, Faculty Senate, and Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Rice University

Since coming to Rice in 2001, Chris has been a professor in the physics and astronomy department. Chris’ research focuses on observational studies of star and planet formation as well as studies of solar and stellar magnetic activity.

Chris and his colleagues published the first magnetic field measurements of accreting young stars, showing that these newly formed stars accrete material along strong stellar magnetic field lines. Also with his colleagues, Chris published the first detection of a giant planet candidate orbiting an accreting young star. His graduate student led the effort to confirm this planet by detecting light coming directly from the planet.

Chris joined the Faculty Senate in 2016, and he became the speaker in 2019 and will serve in that role through the 2021–2022 academic year.

Chris received a B.S. in physics and a B.A. in mathematics from The University of Texas at Austin in 1989. He then pursued graduate studies at the University of California Berkeley, where he received an M.A. in 1991 and a Ph.D. in 1994, both in astronomy.

Patti Kraft

Patti Kraft '87

Trustee, Rice University Board of Trustees

Patti is active on several boards, including Rice University, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the United Way of Massachusetts Bay, and serves on committees at Boston Children’s Hospital, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts and Gateway Arts. Patti owns Bellezza Home, a specialty retailer in the Boston area and formerly served as deputy legal counsel in the Massachusetts Governor’s Office as a litigation associate at Goodwin Procter and as a consultant at Bain and Company.

Patti earned a B.A. in economics and managerial studies from Rice University in 1987 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Brian Patterson

Brian Patterson '84

Trustee, Rice University Board of Trustees

Brian is an entrepreneur, building multiple businesses in nine countries in Europe, including among others White Star Real Estate (property development), Archive Management Solutions (physical and digital records management) and Plus Energia (energy distribution). Brian is also a social entrepreneur, founding OpenStax Poland (Free On-line University Textbooks), Pistacja (K–12 curriculum aligned video tutorials), Katalyst Engineering (K12 STEM Education), Careers Maps (K–12) and Big Brothers/Big Sisters Poland. He was also co-founder of Friends of Warsaw Children’s Hospitals Foundation.

A regular lecturer a Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, Brian was a member of its management board from 2017 to 2021. His son, Alex, graduated summa cum laude from Rice in 2021.

Brian was an Academic All-American Football Player at Rice, where he received a B.A. in managerial studies in 1984. He then went on to the Stanford Graduate School of Business, receiving an MBA in 1989.

Danielle Perdue

Danielle Perdue '18, '21

Former President, Black Graduate Student Association, Rice University

Dani is a GEM Fellow and her research interests focus on computational fluid dynamics and heat and mass transfer for Energy-Water Nexus applications such as thermally driven membrane distillation systems. Dani has served the Rice community in a variety of ways and was the recipient of the 2021 Sallyport Award for bringing the Rice community together while serving as the president of the Black Graduate Student Association in 2019 and the GSA Vice President of Equity and Inclusion in 2020.

Dani believes that the major diversity efforts she and Rice leadership have made will continue to enrich students’ experiences and substantiate Rice’s commitment to strive for excellence in both education and equity. As a consultant at Bain and Company, Dani’s outreach and community service will remain a top priority.

Dani earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 2016 and went on to earn an M.S. in 2018 and a Ph.D. in 2021, both in mechanical engineering, from Rice University.

Rebecca Richards-Kortum

Rebecca Richards-Kortum

Professor of Bioengineering, Rice University

Professor of Bioengineering, Rice University
Director, Rice 360° Institute for Global Health

Guided by the belief that all of the world’s people deserve access to health innovation, Rebecca’s research and teaching focus on developing low-cost, high-performance technology for low-resource settings. She is known for providing vulnerable populations in the developing world access to life-saving health technology, focusing on diseases and conditions that cause high morbidity and mortality, such as cervical and oral cancer, premature birth and malaria. Rebecca is also co-leading a multi-institutional team to develop a package of 17 life-saving neonatal technologies, designed for low-resource settings while providing the same efficacy as related technologies used in North America, but at a fraction of the cost.

Rebecca is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2016, she received the highest honor from the American Institute for Medical and Biomedical Engineering, the Pierre Galletti Award. Together with Maria Oden, she received the Lemelson-MIT Award for Global Innovation in 2014.

Rebecca received a B.S. in physics and mathematics in 1985 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, an M.S. in physics in 1987 and a Ph.D. in medical physics in 1990 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Ruth Lopez Turley

Ruth Lopez Turley

Professor of Sociology, Rice University

Professor of Sociology, Rice University
Director, Houston Education Research Consortium
Associate Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research
Founder, National Network of Education Research-Practice Partnerships

Raised on the U.S.-Mexico border by a mother with an eighth-grade education, Ruth experienced firsthand the hardships resulting from educational inequities. With sacrificial help from many in her family and community, she attended highly selective “Ivy Plus” universities — which happens to less than 0.5% of students with her background (Chetty et al., 2017). Because of these experiences, Ruth specialized in the sociology of education in order to fight injustices in our educational system through research. However, after 14 years of utilizing traditional academic research models, she concluded that research does not have an impact … unless researchers make an explicit effort to make it impactful. That’s why she founded the Houston Education Research Consortium in 2011 and has raised over $30 million so that district partners do not have to pay for this work. HERC’s research has informed numerous actions across districts and state education policy. In 2016, she helped found the National Network of Education Research-Practice Partnerships, a professional learning community of over 50 partnerships that is improving how research is used to address educational inequities across the nation.

Ruth received a B.A. in sociology and Spanish from Stanford University in 1996 and an M.A. in sociology in 1995 and a Ph.D. in sociology, inequality and social policy in 2001, both from Harvard University.

Scott Wise

Scott W. Wise '71

Trustee Emeritus, Rice University Board of Trustees, and former president, ARA Board

Scott is the president and treasurer of the Cullen Foundation, which supports education, health care, cultural arts and public services in the Greater Houston Area. Previously, Scott served as the founding president and chief investment officer for Covariance, a subsidiary of TIAA, which provided customized endowment management to nonprofit institutions.

Scott worked at Rice University for 31 years, during which he served as Rice’s vice president for Investments for 21 years and founding president of the Rice Management Company, which was created by the university to focus exclusively on managing Rice’s endowment.

As a student, Scott was a four-year letterman and captain of the Rice baseball team. In addition to serving on Rice’s Board of Trustees, Scott has served on the following boards: St. John’s School, Episcopal High School, Houston Grand Opera Endowment, Houston Symphony Endowment, Texas State Comptroller Investments, HCC Insurance Holdings and the Jones Graduate School of Business Council of Overseers. Scott and his wife Geraldina have three children.

Scott received a B.A. in economics from Rice University in 1971 and an MPA from The University of Texas at Austin in 1973.

Huda Zoghbi

Huda Zoghbi

Trustee, Rice University Board of Trustees

Huda is currently a trustee of Rice University, founding director of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, professor at Baylor College of Medicine and investigator at Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Huda’s research focuses on understanding the basis of certain neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders. She has published seminal work on the genetic basis of Rett syndrome, autism, spinocerebellar ataxia and on late-onset neurodegenerative diseases. Huda is also a trustee of the American University of Beirut and Rockefeller University. She has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among the many honors she received are the Kovalenko Medal from the National Academy of Sciences, the Brain prize, Canada’s International Gairdner Prize and the Breakthrough prize.

Huda received a B.S. in biology, with distinction, in 1975 from American University of Beirut and an M.D. from Meharry Medical College in 1979. Additionally, she received postdoctoral training in pediatrics, child neurology and molecular genetics from Baylor College of Medicine.