Condoleezza Rice Gets Big Promotion At Stanford, Named As New Chief Of Hoover Institute


“I’m honored to be named as Hoover’s next director,” Rice said as she announced the news of her big new role at Stanford.

“Both the Hoover Institution and Stanford University are places that believe in the study and creation of ideas that define a free society. The nurturing of these ideas, the value of free inquiry and the preservation of open dialogue are the backbone of democracy.”

“It will be a privilege to lead the institution as it moves into its second century and to work with the outstanding fellows who seek dynamic solutions to the incredible challenges on the horizon.”

Stanford issued a press release announcing the move:

“Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, currently the Denning Professor in Global Business at the Graduate School of Business and the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on public policy at the Hoover Institution, and a former Stanford provost, will be Hoover’s next director, Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne announced.

Rice will assume her post as the Tad and Dianne Taube Director of the Hoover Institution on Sept. 1. She will succeed Thomas Gilligan, who has served as director for five years and announced his departure in 2019.

“We are very fortunate to have Condoleezza Rice assume the helm of the Hoover Institution,” Tessier-Lavigne said. “Her accomplishments as a scholar, strategic thinker, and public servant and her deep commitment to Hoover make her the ideal leader for defining the next chapter in Hoover’s long and distinguished history.

She is also an exceptional teacher and is strongly committed to Stanford, having served as the university’s provost for six years and a member of our faculty since 1981.

I and many other leaders at Stanford have greatly valued her wisdom and counsel and look forward to welcoming her to our executive leadership team.”

Tessier-Lavigne also thanked Gilligan for his service to Hoover and Stanford during the last five years.

“Tom has added to the breadth and depth of Hoover’s impressive fellowship, initiated new programs to broaden the impact of its research and well-positioned the institution for its second century,” he said.

Rice said she is looking forward to assuming the helm at Hoover and shaping the future of an institution that addresses some of the most difficult challenges facing the country and the world.”