Penn State tried to land Rice as president
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An aide to former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says she was approached by a firm helping Penn State look for a new president but she was not interested, a newspaper reported Friday.
The Philadelphia Inquirer said Rice’s chief of staff, Georgia Godfrey, confirmed the overture.
“We received a request about this position through a search firm,” Godfrey told the Inquirer. “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 is looking for someone to succeed Rodney Erickson, who plans to leave the job at the end of June.
An email message from The Associated Press seeking additional details from Godfrey was not immediately returned late Friday.
Rice is a political science professor and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution.
Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers declined to comment on the report but told the AP that the search firm “is reaching out pretty broadly.”
Rice joined the Stanford faculty in 1981 and served as provost before serving as President George W. Bush’s national security adviser and secretary of state.
The Penn State board has a 12-person committee working with an executive headhunter firm to find a replacement for Erickson.