Condoleezza Rice Turns Down Penn State Presidency


Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice kept her allegiance to Stanford University and declined an offer to become Pennsylvania State University’s next president.

Rice’s office confirmed that a search firm hired by the university contacted the Stanford political science professor for the role, the Philadelphia Inquirerreports.

“We received a request about this position through a search firm,” said Georgia Godfrey, Rice’s chief of staff. “Our office declined on her behalf, since she intends to remain at Stanford. Penn State is a fine institution, and Dr. Rice wishes the search committee the very best.”

Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers declined to comment on the offer. Last week school officials canceled a meeting to vote on a candidate to succeed president Rodney Erickson, citing the need for more time after a selection fell through. Board chairman Keith Masser said a new president will be announced by June 30, when Erickson…

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