President David Leebron

Message from the President

In his 1912 inaugural address, Rice University president Edgar Odell Lovett set forth an ambitious vision, proclaiming, “The new institution … aspires to university standing of the highest grade… For the present it is proposed to assign no upper limit to its educational endeavor.”

Rice has followed Lovett’s vision even as it has transformed over the years. As a leading research university with a distinctive commitment to undergraduate education, Rice continues to aspire to pathbreaking research, unsurpassed teaching and contributions to the betterment of the world.

- David W. Leebron, President

Message from President Leebron regarding Fall Semester Plans

July 17, 2020

To the Rice Community:

Today I write to provide updated information about our decisions and plans for the fall semester. As previously announced, we intend to welcome students back to campus for classes, both online and in person. As I described at the online town hall on May 22, our strategy is to be “flexible, agile and adaptable,” recognizing both that the situation remains highly uncertain and that we will need to respond to individual circumstances.

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President’s Notes

A Changed World

President Leebron and Y.Ping

Amid the uncertainties brought about by COVID-19, Rice transforms its campus in every imaginable way and reaches out to help its neighbors.

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Town Hall 2020

President Leebron presents an update on our past year and Rice’s response and planning surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

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