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Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I: Administrative Matters 1996-2004

Series II: Board materials 1996-2005

Series III: Financial Affairs 1996-2005

Series IV: Legal Matters 1994-2004

Series V: Athletics 1990-2004

Series VI: Admissions 1996-2003

Series VII: Development Matters 1996-2004

Series VIII: External Affairs 1996-2004

Series IX: Strategic Planning 1994-2002

Series X: Campus issues 1996-2003

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Rice University Board of Trustees, Chairman Bill Barnett records, 1990-2005, bulk 1996-2004 UA 104



creator Barnett, E. William
Title: Rice University Board of Trustees, Chairman Bill Barnett records
Dates: Bulk, 1996-2004
Dates: 1990-2005, bulk 1996-2004
Abstract: These materials reflect the daily business of Rice University Chairman of the Board Bill Barnett, including correspondence, reports, publications and newsclippings. As board chair, Barnett led the strengthening of the university’s governance, moving from the two-tiered board to a single-tier board enlarged to 25 trustees. Under his leadership, the board elected a far more diverse group of trustees with representation from all parts of the country; the university amended its charter to allow for the use of debt financing, which led to the largest building and modernization program in the campus’s history; and the university’s endowment grew from $1.7 billion to $3.4 billion.
Identification: UA 104
Quantity: 14.0 linear ft. (28 boxes)
General Physical Description note 14 cubic feet (28 boxes)
Language:
Repository: Woodson Research Center

Biographical Sketch

E. William "Bill" Barnett, former managing partner of the Baker Botts law firm, served as chair of the Rice University Board of Governors 1996 to 2005. Barnett joined the Rice Board of Governors in 1991 as a term member and was elected a trustee in 1994.

As board chair, Barnett led the strengthening of the university’s governance, moving from the two-tiered board to a single-tier board enlarged to 25 trustees. Under his leadership, the board elected a far more diverse group of trustees with representation from all parts of the country; the university amended its charter to allow for the use of debt financing, which led to the largest building and modernization program in the campus’s history; and the university’s endowment grew from $1.7 billion to $3.4 billion.

Barnett succeeded Charles W. Duncan, Jr., who retired after serving as board chair for 14 years. Barnett is also a contributing life member of the Rice Associates, a member of the Rice University Fund Council, and a member of the Friends of Fondren.

Barnett received his B.A. from Rice in 1955 and his LL.B. in 1958 from the University of Texas at Austin. He has led a distinguished career as an attorney and as a civic leader. He is former chairman of the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association and is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

He is past chairman and current board member of the Greater Houston Partnership, past chairman and current board member of Central Houston, Inc. and has served on the board of directors of Texas Commerce Bancshares. He is a trustee of Baylor College of Medicine and a life trustee of the University of Texas Law School Foundation.

Barnett is married to Peggy Mauk Barnett, a 1955 Rice graduate. They have two children, Margaret Ann Barnett Stern and Edward William Barnett, Jr., both of Houston.

The Rice Board of Governors is comprised of seven trustees, eight term governors and four alumni governors. There are also seven trustee emerti and 47 governor advisors.

[Excerpted from Rice University press release,(http://www.media.rice.edu/media) "Barnett Named Chair of Rice Board of Governors", April 11, 1996]

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Scope and Contents

These materials reflect the daily business of Rice University Chairman of the Board Bill Barnett, including correspondence, reports, publications and newsclippings. As board chair, Barnett led the strengthening of the university's governance, moving from the two-tiered board to a single-tier board enlarged to 25 trustees. Under his leadership, the board elected a far more diverse group of trustees with representation from all parts of the country; the university amended its charter to allow for the use of debt financing, which led to the largest building and modernization program in the campus's history; and the university's endowment grew from $1.7 billion to $3.4 billion.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Access to this material requires permission from the Board of Trustees. Contact the Woodson Research Center for assistance in obtaining permission. Please call 713-348-2586 or e-mail woodson@rice.edu.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from the Rice University Board of Trustees, Chairman Bill Barnett records must be obtained through the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

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Index Terms

Subjects
Rice University. Board of Trustees.
Rice University. History.

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Related Material

Rice University Board of Trustees records, http://www.rice.edu/fondren/woodson/archives/board_trustees.html

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Rice University Board of Trustees, Chairman Bill Barnett records, UA 104, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Acquisition Information

This material was transferred to the Woodson Research Center, 2006.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I: Administrative Matters 1996-2004

Box Folder
1 1 Names and Addresses
2 Correspondence and miscellaneous; 1993-2004
3 General; 1996-2003
4 Administrative personnel; 1996-2004
5 Personnel: President's Office, Malcolm Gillis; 1998-2000
6 Personnel: Provost, David Auston; 1995-1999
7 Personnel: VP Advancement, Kathryn Costello; 1999
8 Personnel: General Counsel, Shirley Redwine; n.d.
9 Personnel: Dean, Shepherd School of Music, Michael Hammond; 1991
10 Personnel: Compensation survey; 1996
11 Personnel: "Select Universities Survey, 1996-1997" regarding executive compensation; 1996-1997
Box Folder
2 1 Personnel: Salary and benefit matters; 1996-2004
2 Personnel: Report of the Ad-Hoc Faculty Advisory Committee on Retirement; 1998
3 Personnel: Organized Materials: Fact Sheet; 1996
4 Personnel: Data regarding other schools; 1996-2001
5 Personnel: Foundations; 1996-2000
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3 1 Personnel: Materials regarding searches; 2000
2 President's Letters and Reports; 1996-2004
3 Faculty matters; 1999-2004
4 Admissions; 1998-2003
5 Admissions: Enrollment Retreat Briefing Book; 2000
Box Folder
4 1 College system; 1997, 2000
2 Outside audits of academic units; 1997, 2000
3 Graduate housing; 1997-1999
4 U.S. News and World Report; 1997-2002
5 Bremen (International University of Bremen; 1997-2003
6 UK Joint Venture; 2004
7 Minority matters; 1998-2003
8 Parking; 1991, 2003
Box Folder
5 1 Santa Fe venture; 2000
2 KTRU radio; 1990, 2000-2004

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Series II: Board materials 1996-2005

1996-2004
Box Folder
5 4 General; 1996-2004
5 Trustees material; 1996-2002
Box Folder
6 1 Trustees material; 1999
2 Board meetings; 1992-2002
3 Governors materials; 1996-1997
4-5 Materials regarding nominations; 1996-2004
Box Folder
7 7 Materials regarding nominations, binder; n.d.
2 Materials regarding Board restructuring; 1996-1997
3 Charters and by-laws materials; 1994-2002
4 Board Secretary; 1996
5 Conflict of Interest Policy; 1996-2004
6 Alumni Governor Elections; 1997, 2002
7 Campus climate for women; 1998
Box Folder
8 1 Search committees; 2003
1996-2005
Box Folder
8 3 Academic Affairs; 1996-2002
4 Audit; 1994-2004
Box Folder
9 1 Advisory Boards; 2003
2 Board Committees - General; 1995-2002
3 Building and Grounds; 1994-2004
4 Building and Grounds, Part II; 1994-2004
Box Folder
10 1 Financial Affairs; 1991-1998
2 University Advancement; 1996-2002
3 Rice University Fund Council; n.d.
4 Rice University Athletics; 2003-2005
5 Compensation; 1998-2005
6 Compensation, Part II; 1998-2005
Box Folder
11 1 Compensation Part III; 1998-2005
2 Compensation Committee; 1996-2000

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Series III: Financial Affairs 1996-2005

Box Folder
12 1 Financial Affairs - General; 1996-2002
2 Budget Matters; 1996-2005
3 Endowment; 1996-2002
Box Folder
4 Investment Managers; 1995-2000
Box Folder
13 1 Audit Materials; 1996-2002
2 Tuition Matters; 1996-2002
3 Financing Alternatives; 1998-2001
4 Investment Subcommittees; 1994-1999
5 Licensing Royalties; 1999-2000
6 Start Up Companies; 2000-2001
7 Rice-Land Lumber Company; 2001

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Series IV: Legal Matters 1994-2004

Box Folder
14 1 Legal Matters - General; 1996-2001
2 Current Litigation; 1996-1998
3 Current Non-Litigation Matters; 1996-2004
4 Charter Amendments; 1997-1998
5 Analysis of Charter Amendment; 1986-1998
Box Folder
15 1 Barnett; 1996-1999
2 Affirmative Action; 1996-1999
3 Title IX; 1993-1996
4 Code of Student Conduct; 1991-2002
5 Tenure; 1996-1999
6 Conflict of Interest; 1991-2002
7 Estate Matters; 1997
8 I.P. Protection Program; 1994-1999
Box Folder
16 1 Same sex benefits; 1997-1999
2 Thresher Related; 1997
3 Prohibition Debt; 1997-1998
4 Property Taxes; 1998-1999
5 Honor Council; 2003

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Series V: Athletics 1990-2004

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16 6 Athletics - General; 1990-2004
7 Athletics - General, Part II; 1990-2004
Box Folder
17 1 Athletics - General, Part III; 1990-2004
2 Athletics - General, Part IV; 1990-2004
3 Faculty Report on Athletics; 1992
4 Faculty Report on Athletics, Part II; 1992
5 Faculty Report on Athletics, Part III; 1992
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18 1 Faculty Report on Athletics; 2003
2 Faculty Report on Athletics, Part II; 2003
3 Faculty Report on Athletics, Part III; 2003
4 Faculty Report on Athletics, Part IV; 2003
Box Folder
19 1 Athletics Committee - Materials for Consultants; 2002-2003
2 Financial Information; 1997-2000
3 Data re other schools; 1992-2001
4 WAC Matters; 1996-2000
5 Neighborhood Concerns; 1995-1999

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Series VI: Admissions 1996-2003

Box Folder
20 1 Admissions - General; 1996-2003
2 Survey Information; 1996-2001
3 Student Matters; 1997-2003
4 Promotional Materials; 1998-2003
5 Minority Students; 2000-2003

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Series VII: Development Matters 1996-2004

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21 1 Developmental Matters - General; 1996-2003
2 Computational Engineering; 1996-2002
3 Nanotechnology; 1996-2002
1 Capital Campaign Planning; 1996-2001
5 Capital Campaign Planning, Part II; 1996-2001
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22 1 Miscellaneous Fundraising; 1997-1999
2 Planned Giving; 1996
3 RUFC; 1996
4 Associates; 1996-1998
5 Wiess House; 1997-2003
6 Foundations; 1998-2002
7 Center for Study of Religious Tolerance; 2004
8 Malcolm Gillis University Chair; 2004

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Series VIII: External Affairs 1996-2004

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22 9 External Affairs - General; 1996-2002
10 Public Relations; 1996-2003
11 Beyond the Hedges - Planning; 1999-2004
12 Baylor Medical School; 1996-2002
13 Flood Project; 2000-2001
14 METRO; 2000
15 Southeast Texas Bio Park; 2001
16 Rice Centennial; 2001
17 Rice/Monterrey Tech Academic Visit; April 2, 2003
18 BioHouston; 2002
19 Texas Medical Center (TMC); 2003
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23 1 University/Main; 2003-2004
2 English Joint Venture; 2002

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Series IX: Strategic Planning 1994-2002

Box Folder
23 3 Strategic Planning - General; 1994-1998
4 Strategic Planning - General, Part II; 1994-1998
5 Strategic Planning Report; 1996-1999
Box Folder
24 1 Jones School Report; 1996-1998
2 Leadership Rice; 1997-1999
3 Campus Planning; 1999-2002

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Series X: Campus issues 1996-2003

Box Folder
24 4 Historical Materials; 1996-2003
5 Genome Grant; 1996-2003
6 Baker Institute - General; 1993-2003
Box Folder
25 1 Baker Institute - General, Part II; 1993-2003
2 Baker Search Committee; 1991-1994
3 Institutional Materials - General; 1996-2001
4 Student Surveys; 1996-2003
5 Leadership Rice; 1998-2000
Box Folder
26 1 Historical Materials; 1995-1998
2 Association of Rice Alumni; 1999-2000
3 Library; 1995-2000
4 Information Technology; 1995-2001
5 Jesse H. Jones Graduate School; 1996-2002
6 Jones School - RATE (Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship); 1999-2001
7 Capital Campaign - General; 1999
Box Folder
27 1 Undergraduate Packet; 1995-1996
2 Architect Selection; 1997
Box Folder
28 1 Presidential Search Committee; 2003
2 Presidential Search Committee, Part I; 2003
3 Misc. Items; 2004
4 Presidential Transition (Leebron); 2003

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