Condoleezza Rice

Republican Politician; U.S. Secretary of State; Political Scientist

Condoleezza Rice is an American political scientist and diplomat. She served as the 66th United States Secretary of State, and was the second person to hold that office in the administration of President George W. Bush. Rice was the first female African-American secretary of state, as well as the second African American, and the second woman. Rice was President Bush's National Security Advisor during his first term, making her the first woman to serve in that position.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Condoleezza Rice.


1954 Birth Born on November 14, 1954.
1963 8 Years Old Rice was eight when her schoolmate Denise McNair, aged 11, was killed in the bombing of the primarily black Sixteenth Street Baptist Church by white supremacists on September 15, 1963. … Read More


1971 16 Years Old …  She attended St. Mary's Academy, an all-girls Catholic high school in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado, and graduated at age 16 in 1971. … Read More
1974 19 Years Old In 1974, at age 19, Rice was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society, and was awarded a B.A., cum laude, in political science by the University of Denver. … Read More


1975 - 1977 2 More Events
1979 24 Years Old She would also study Russian at Moscow State University in the summer of 1979, and intern with the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California. … Read More
1980 25 Years Old From 1980–1981, she was a fellow at Stanford University's Arms Control and Disarmament Program, having won a Ford Foundation Dual Expertise Fellowship in Soviet Studies and International Security. … Read More
1982 27 Years Old Rice was a Democrat until 1982, when she changed her political affiliation to Republican, in part because she disagreed with the foreign policy of Democratic President Jimmy Carter, and because of the influence of her father, who was Republican. … Read More


1985 30 Years Old 1 More Event
At a 1985 meeting of arms control experts at Stanford, Rice's performance drew the attention of Brent Scowcroft, who had served as National Security Advisor under Gerald Ford.
1986 31 Years Old In 1986, while an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, Rice served as Special Assistant to the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
With the election of George H. W. Bush, Scowcroft returned to the White House as National Security Adviser in 1989, and he asked Rice to become his Soviet expert on the United States National Security Council. … Read More
1991 36 Years Old Because she would have been ineligible for tenure at Stanford if she had been absent for more than two years, she returned there in 1991. … Read More
In 1992, Shultz, who was a board member of Chevron Corporation, recommended Rice for a spot on the Chevron board. … Read More


1997 42 Years Old In 1997, she sat on the Federal Advisory Committee on Gender-Integrated Training in the Military.
During George W. Bush's 2000 presidential election campaign, Rice took a one-year leave of absence from Stanford University to serve as his foreign policy advisor. … Read More
Rice headed Chevron's committee on public policy until she resigned on January 15, 2001, to become National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush. … Read More
In 2003, Rice received the U.S. Senator John Heinz Award for Greatest Public Service by an Elected or Appointed Official, an award given out annually by Jefferson Awards. … Read More


On January 26, 2005, the Senate confirmed her nomination by a vote of 85–13. … Read More
There had been previous speculation that Rice would run for the Republican nomination in the 2008 primaries, which she ruled out on Meet the Press.
2009 54 Years Old As Secretary of State, Rice was ex officio a member of the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. As the end of their tenures approached in January 2009, outgoing President Bush appointed her to a six-year term as a general trustee, filling a vacancy on the board.
2011 56 Years Old 1 More Event
She appeared as herself in 2011 on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock in the fifth-season episode "Everything Sunny All the Time Always," in which she engages in a classical-music duel with Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin). … Read More
2012 57 Years Old On August 20, 2012, it was announced that Rice was one of the first two women to be admitted as members to Augusta National Golf Club (the other is South Carolina financier Darla Moore).
2013 58 Years Old In October 2013, Rice was selected to be one of the 13 inaugural members of the College Football Playoff, Playoff, Postseason, Selection Committee. … Read More
In 2014 Rice joined the Ban Bossy campaign as a spokesperson advocating leadership roles for girls.


2015 60 Years Old In August 2015, High Point University announced that Rice will serve as their commencement speaker in, May 7, 2016.
2016 61 Years Old On Saturday, May 7, 2016 Rice spoke to nearly 10,000 people in attendance at High Point University's Commencement ceremony. … Read More
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