Board of Trustees gains four new members over summer
The Rice University Board of Trustees added four new members starting July 1, three of whom are Rice alumni, according to a Rice News press release. The alumni are Khan Academy chairperson Ann Doerr (Jones ‘75), Stellus Capital Management managing partner Robert Ladd (Wiess ‘78) and Covariance Capital Management president Scott Wise (Will Rice ‘71); the fourth member, Riverstone Holdings partner James Hackett, formerly served as a trustee from 2010 to 2013.
Doerr graduated from Rice with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering before a career in engineering, management, and charitable positions, according to the press release. She and her husband John Doerr donated $50 million to Rice, the largest single gift ever, to establish the Doerr Institute for New Leaders.
Both Ladd and Wise earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Rice, with Ladd double majoring in managerial studies. Wise was co-captain of the Rice baseball team, according to the press release. Both Ladd and Wise have worked in investing and finance; Wise served as Rice’s chief investment officer and then the founding president of Rice Management Company.
Hackett’s career is in the energy industry, according to the press release. He is currently a trustee of Baylor College of Medicine and was formerly an adjunct professor of management at the Jones Graduate School of Business.
Doerr, Ladd, Wise and Hackett will serve four-year terms on the 25-member Board.
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