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Education Leaders


Nathan Black '06
School of Social Sciences
Postdoctoral Fellow 

As the French Environmental Fellow at the Harvard University Center for the Environment, Black is spending two years investigating the connection between changing agricultural conditions (specifically the supply of agricultural land) and civil war


William "Tom" Bogart '85
School of Social Sciences and Wiess School of Natural Sciences
College President

President of Maryville College; former dean of Academic Affairs at York College; former chair of the Department of Economics and a research associate of the Center for Regional Economic Issues at Case Western Reserve University; author of "The Economics of Cities and Suburbs" and "Don't Call It Sprawl: Metropolitan Structure in the Twenty-First Century"


Karen Davis '59
School of Social Sciences

Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management and director of the Roger C. Lipitz Center for Integrated Health Care at Johns Hopkins University; served as president of The Commonwealth Fund from 1995 to 2012


Timothy L. Hall
School of Humanities

President-Elect of Mercy College and current president of Austin Peay State University


Zahra Jamal '00
School of Humanities

Senior research associate at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality and the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago, where she directs the Civil Islam Initiative; assistant director of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding's Center for the Study of American Muslims and scholar on the Isma'ili Tariqah and Religious Education Board USA; previously served on the faculty at Harvard, MIT, and Michigan State


Raymond Johnson '69
Wiess School of Natural Sciences

First African-American faculty member at the University of Maryland, where he taught for more than 40 years; first African-American student admitted to Rice; currently serving a three-year appointment at Rice as the W.L. Moody Jr Visiting Professor of Mathematics


R. Bowen Loftin '75
Wiess School of Natural Sciences
College Chancellor

Chancellor of the University of Missouri; previously served as president of Texas A&M University; former vice president and chief executive officer of Texas A&M University at Galveston, where he was also a professor of maritime systems engineering; former professor of electrical and computer engineering and professor of computer science at Old Dominion University; author or co-author of more than 100 technical publications


Uri McMillan '03
School of Humanities
Assistant Professor

Assistant professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, in the departments of English, African-American Studies, and Women's Studies; received a doctorate from Yale University and was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Lewis & Clark College; former Rice student activist and president of the GLBT group; selected as a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow


Peter Rider '96
School of Social Sciences

Former vice president, Alumni Affairs and Regional Talent Recruitment, at Teach for America


Wayne Riley '02
Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business
Educator and Businessman

Former president and chief executive officer of Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn., and a professor of internal medicine at MMC and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; in 2012, was selected to membership in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies


Wylie Vale '63
Wiess School of Natural Sciences
Educator and Scientist

Was professor and department chairman of the Salk Institute of Biological Studies and head of the Clayton Foundation Laboratories for Peptide Biology



Cristina Villalobos '00
George R. Brown School of Engineering
Scientist and Advocate for underrepresented students

Faculty member at University of Texas Pan American; member of the Board of Directors for the Society for Advancement of Hispanic/Chicano and Native Americans in Science