Undergraduate: University of Denver, B.A. in political science, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. Graduated 1974.
Graduate: University of Notre Dame, M.A. in political science. Graduated 1975.
Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver, Ph.D. in political science. Graduated 1981.
The move to Denver brought the benefits of integrated education. At 15, she entered college where her life changed in a class taught by Josef Korbel. A former Czech diplomat whose daughter Madeleine Albright would become the first female Secretary of State, he became Rice's mentor and taught her to explain complex policies with clarity - an essential skill in the Bush Administration.
Assistant Professor in Political Science 1981-1987.
Associate Professor 1987-1993
International Affairs Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations
Special Assistant to the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff 1986
George H.W. Bush Administration
Senior Director of Soviet and East European Affairs in the National Security Council
Special Assistant to the President for National Security 1989-1991
George W. Bush Administration
National Security Advisor 2001-2005
Secretary of State 2005-2008
Bush Administration role:
She is a skilled negotiator, leading the Russian negotiations over missile defense; convincing European diplomats not to lift an arms embargo over China; and working with Latin American countries to determine who would lead the Organization of American States. She provided steady support to Bush as he moved troops into Afghanistan and Iraq. Her discretion and success as National Security Advisor led to her appointment as Secretary of State.
Many see her as the most powerful Secretary of State in decades.