David W. Leebron has served as Rice Universityâ€™s seventh president since 2004, a period of growth and transformation for the university.
The Presidentâ€™s Lecture Series, which is sponsored by the Office of the President and supported by the J. Newton Rayzor Lecture Fund, was created to enrich the intellectual life of the Houston community by bringing to the Rice campus â€ścelebrities of substance,â€ť speakers of both high intellectual distinction and broad public appeal.
Over the past century, Rice has been able to uphold its founding presidentâ€™s vision of an institution â€śof the highest gradeâ€ť while still providing a superior education to students at tuition levels much lower than comparable schools. This has been possible because of the universityâ€™s dedicated leadership throughout its history.
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