Stanford’s Condoleezza Rice wins West Point award

Photo of Condoleezza Rice wearing a light green suit.

CONDOLEEZZA RICE, professor of political science and Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Graduate School of Business, will receive West Point’s Sylvanus Thayer Award on Monday, Oct. 6, at the U.S. Military Academy.

The West Point Association of Graduates will present the award to Rice, a former U.S. Secretary of State and the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. Prior to the presentation, cadets will conduct a review in Rice’s honor.

The Thayer Award is given to an outstanding U.S. citizen who is not a West Point graduate for service and accomplishments in the national interest. It was named for Col. Sylvanus Thayer – the “Father of the Military Academy” – who served as West Point’s fifth superintendent. Winners of the award – such as Madeleine Albright, Sandra Day O’Connor, Dwight Eisenhower, Bob Hope and Colin Powell – are said to exemplify devotion to the ideals of West Point’s motto, “Duty, Honor, Country.”

“I am truly honored to be the 2014 Thayer Award Recipient and I look forward to visiting West Point again,” Rice said.

Rice was the first African American woman and the second female U.S. Secretary of State (2005-2009). She also served as assistant to the president for national security affairs for President George W. Bush (2001-2005) – the first woman to hold the position. From 1989 through March 1991, Rice served on President George H.W. Bush’s National Security Council staff, as director; senior director of Soviet and East European Affairs; and special assistant to the president for national security affairs.

At Stanford, Rice served as provost from 1993 to 1999. She has been a Stanford faculty member since 1981 and has won two of the university’s highest teaching honors: the Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching (1984) and the School of Humanities and Sciences Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching (1993).

A founding partner of RiceHadleyGates LLC, Rice and the firm work with senior executives of major companies to implement strategic plans and expand in emerging markets. Other partners include former National Security Advisor Stephen J. Hadley and former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates.