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Biographical/Historical note

Scope and Contents note

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I: Correspondence April 2004 - December 2006

Series II: On-campus 1992-2006

Series III: Off-campus 2002-2008

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Rice University President's Office Records: David Leebron UA 312



Title: Rice University President's Office Records: David Leebron
Dates: 1992-2008
Abstract The records of Rice University President David Leebron document the daily business of the office, including correspondence, and subject files on on-campus and off-campus entities. These records cover the beginning of Leebron's tenure in 2004, going forward to 2008, and also include some files which carried over from the immediately previous president, Malcolm Gillis, dating from 1992.
Identification: UA 312
Quantity: 11.0 linear ft. (11 boxes)
Language:
Repository: Woodson Research Center

Biographical/Historical note

David W. Leebron became Rice University’s seventh president in 2004. Under Leebron’s guidance, the institution has undergone a period of growth and transformation. Over the past eight years, the university has increased its undergraduate student population, enhanced the vibrancy of the campus with $800 million in new construction, extended its research endeavors and international presence, deepened its relationship with its home city of Houston, and earned greater visibility locally, nationally and internationally.

Early in his presidency, Leebron engaged in extensive consultations that produced the Vision for the Second Century (V2C), a plan for Rice’s growth and advancement as one of the world’s premier research universities. As Rice approaches its centennial anniversary in October 2012, much has been accomplished and the university is well positioned for its second hundred years.

Perhaps the biggest change has occurred in undergraduate enrollment, which has increased 30 percent since 2004. The number of applications received for fall 2012 set a record at approximately 15,100, nearly double seven years ago. In fall 2011, the university welcomed 1,000 freshmen, the largest incoming class in Rice’s history. International applicants have increased fivefold, and undergraduate and graduate students now come from 89 countries.

International experience is an important part of Leebron’s mission to provide students with a holistic education. Much like Rice’s first president, Edgar Odell Lovett, Leebron brought a powerful international vision to the post and has actively reached out to Asia and Latin America. New study abroad programs in Argentina and India have been added, along with study and research opportunities in China, Brazil and Turkey.

At the same time, Leebron has strengthened the university’s local presence with multiple programs and centers that connect students and faculty with Houston residents and the Greater Houston community. In 2010, the Kinder Institute for Urban Research was launched at Rice. Home to the Kinder Houston Area Survey, the longest-running in-depth survey of any urban area in the U.S., the institute will build on that to study the phenomenon of urbanization in cities around the world to improve understanding of the modern global city.

Under Leebron’s leadership, the campus has added two new residential colleges; the 10-story BioScience Research Collaborative, where scientists and educators from Rice and other Texas Medical Center institutions work together; a new state-of-the-art recreation and wellness center; an additional food servery; a central campus pavilion that serves as a meeting and study place; an updated sports arena; a new physics building; and the Rice Public Art Program, a presidential initiative that has added beautiful art across campus.

Leebron has welcomed the Dalai Lama, former President Bill Clinton, former Indian President Abdul Kalam, Houston Mayor and Rice alumna Annise Parker, a delegation of Chinese educational leaders on only the third U.S. trip of its kind, and hundreds of other global political and academic leaders.

Prior to taking the helm at Rice, Leebron was dean of Columbia Law School. A native of Philadelphia, he is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he was elected president of the Law Review in his second year. After graduating in 1979, he served as a law clerk for Judge Shirley Hufstedler on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Los Angeles. He began teaching at the UCLA School of Law in 1980 and at the NYU School of Law in 1983.

In 1989, Leebron joined the faculty of Columbia Law School, and in 1996 he was appointed dean and the Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law. Leebron also served as a visiting fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg, Germany, and as the Jean Monnet Visiting Professor of Law at Bielefeld University. He is currently part of the political science faculty at Rice and has authored a textbook on international human rights.

In 2006, Leebron was presented with France’s Commandeur de l’Ordre national du Mérite, and in 2008, he received an honorary doctorate from Nankai University. In 2010, Leebron and his wife, University Representative Y. Ping Sun, were selected by the Greater Houston Partnership as the city’s International Executives of the Year for helping make Houston a center of international business.

Leebron and Sun have two children, Daniel and Merissa.

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Scope and Contents note

The records of Rice University President David Leebron document the daily business of the office, including correspondence, and subject files on on-campus and off-campus entities. These records cover the beginning of Leebron's tenure in 2004, going forward to 2008, and also include some files which carried over from the immediately previous president, Malcolm Gillis, dating from 1992.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access note

This material is restrcited and requires written permission from the Office of the President for access. Contact woodson@rice.edu for assistance in requesting this permission.

Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to publish from this material must be facilitated through the Woodson Research Center.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Leebron, David, 1956-
Subjects (Organizations)
Rice University - History

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Rice University President's Office Records: David Leebron, 1992-2008, UA 312, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Transferred from the Office of the President in 2011.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I: Correspondence April 2004 - December 2006

Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence, April-June 2004
2 Incoming correspondence, July 2004
3 Outgoing correspondence, July 2004
4 Incoming correspondence, August 2004
5 Outgoing correspondence, August 2004
6 Incoming correspondence, September 2004
7 Outgoing correspondence, September 2004
8 Incoming correspondence, October 2004
9-10 Outgoing correspondence, October 2004
11 Incoming correspondence, November 2004
12 Outgoing correspondence, November 2004
13-14 Incoming correspondence, December 2004
15 Outgoing correspondence, December 2004
16 Incoming correspondence, January 2005
17 Outgoing correspondence, January 2005
Box Folder
2 1 Incoming correspondence, February 2005
2 Outgoing correspondence, February 2005
3 Incoming correspondence, March 2005
4 Outgoing correspondence, March 2005
5 Incoming correspondence, April 2005
6 Outgoing correspondence, April 2005
7 Incoming correspondence, May 2005
8 Outgoing correspondence, May 2005
9 Incoming correspondence, June 2005
10 Outgoing correspondence, June 2005
11 Incoming correspondence, July 2005
12 Outgoing correspondence, July 2005
13 Incoming correspondence, August 2005
14 Outgoing correspondence, August 2005
Box Folder
3 1 Incoming correspondence, September 2005
2 Outgoing correspondence, September 2005
3 Incoming correspondence, October 2005
4 Outgoing correspondence, October 2005
5 Incoming correspondence, November 2005
6 Outgoing correspondence, November 2005
7-8 Incoming correspondence, December 2005
9 Outgoing correspondence, December 2005
10 Incoming correspondence, January 2006
11 Outgoing correspondence, January 2006
12 Incoming correspondence, February 2006
13 Outgoing correspondence, February 2006
14 Incoming correspondence, March 2006
15 Outgoing correspondence, March 2006
16 Incoming correspondence, April 2006
17 Outgoing correspondence, April 2006
Box Folder
4 1 Incoming correspondence, May 2006
2 Outgoing correspondence, May 2006
3 Incoming correspondence, June 2006
4 Outgoing correspondence, June 2006
5 Invitations, June 2006
6 Incoming correspondence, July 2006
7 Outgoing correspondence, July 2006
8 Invitations, July 2006
9 Incoming correspondence, August 2006
10 Outgoing correspondence, August 2006
11 Invitations, August 2006
12 Incoming correspondence, September 2006
13 Outgoing correspondence, September 2006
14 Invitations, September 2006
15 Incoming correspondence, October 2006
16 Outgoing correspondence, October 2006
17 Invitations, October 2006
18 Incoming correspondence, November 2006
19 Outgoing correspondence, November 2006
20 Invitations, November 2006
21-22 Incoming correspondence, December 2006
23 Outgoing correspondence, December 2006
24 Invitations, December 2006

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Series II: On-campus 1992-2006

Box Folder
5 1 Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional (order placed via TRC), 2005
2 Athletics, January-May 2004
3 Athletics, June-December 2004; no date
4 Athletics: Trustee Athletics Subcommittee, 2003
5 Athletics: Trustee Athletics Subcommittee, January-April 2004
6 Athletics: Trustee Athletics Subcommittee, May 2004
7 Athletics: Trustee Athletics Subcommittee, May-December 2004
8 Athletics: Faculty Council Report on Athletics, 2003
9 Athletics: Faculty Council Athletics Committee, 2003
10 Athletics: Faculty Council Report on Athletics, 2004
11 Athletics: Athletic Review Committee Report, 1992
12 Athletics: Athletics Review, 2001
13 Athletics: Athletic Review Committee Report, 2003
14 Banner Electronic Representative, 2003-2004
15 Bid - President's Office Upgrades, 2006
16 Boise Cascade, 2000
17 Brito, 2002
18 Budget, FY 2001, FY 2002, FY 2003
19 Budget, FY 2004
Box Folder
6 1 Budget Office correspondence, 2000-2002
2 Budget Office correspondence, 2003-2004
3 Campus events, 2002
4 Chair stipend, 1999-2000
5 Chair stipend, 2001-2005
6 Christmas cards, 2001-2005
7 Computer purchase, 2000-2003
8 Crisis Management, 1999-2000
9 Crisis Management, 2001
10 Crisis Management, 2002-2003
11 Dean's Council, 2001-2002
12 Etiquette Netiquette (Rice course), 2002
13 Expenditures: A1 101060, FY 2003
14 Expenditures: A1 101085, FY 2003
15 Expenditures: A1 101103, FY 2003
16 Expenditures: A1 101110, FY 2003
17 Expenditures: A1 165100, FY 2003
18 Expenditures: A1 101060, FY 2004
19 Expenditures: A1 101085, FY 2004
20-22 Expenditures: A1 101000, FY 2004
23 Expenditures: A1 101103, FY 2004
24 Expenditures: A1 165100 - Faculty Relocation, FY 2004
25 Expenditures: A1 160400 - Engaging Houston Program, FY 2006
26 Expenditures: A1 160410 - Passport to Houston, FY 2006
27 Expenditures: D General, FY 2003
Box Folder
7 1 Expenditures: D71174 101000, FY 2003
2 Expenditures: D72237 165000, FY 2003
3 Expenditures: D Funds, FY 2004
4 Expenditures: D71174, FY 2004
5 Expenditures: G Funds, FY 2004
6 Expenditures: H General, FY 2003
7 Expenditures: H General, FY 2004
8 Expenditures: P-Card - 2004
9-11 Expenditures: P-Card statements, 1999-2004
12-13 Expenditures: P-Card statements, July 2002-June 2003 & July 2003-June 2004
14-17 Expenditures: Presidential Travel Fund, FY 2004-2005
18 Faculty Club charges, FY 2005/2006
19 Faculty Council, 2003
20 Faculty Handbook, 2002-2004
21 Faculty - Hiring, FY 2005
22 Faculty Loan, 2004
23 Faculty Meeting, 1999-2004
24 Faculty Meeting award info, 1998-2003
25 Faculty - New, 1998-2004
26 Faculty Relocation, 2001-2005
27 Fondren Library Project, 2000-2001
Box Folder
8 1 General Annoucements, 2000-2004
2 GLBT Council, 1994-2002
3 GLBT Council, 2003
4 Honor Council Chair's Report/Consitutional changes, 2003
5-6 Honor Council consitutional changes, 2003
7 Human Resources, 2003
8 IFSA proposal, 2003-2004
9 Infosat Communications, FY 2005/2006
10 Insitutional Animal Care and Use Committee correspondence, 1999-2004
11 International University Bremen, 2001
12 International University Bremen, 2002
13 International University Bremen, 2003
14 International University Bremen, 2004
15-16 International University Bremen, 2005
Box Folder
9 1 International University Bremen, 2006
2 Minority Affairs, 2003-2004
3 Miscellaneous, FY 2005
4 MIscellaneous Verizon (old statements) & Sprint cell phones, 2004-2006
5 Office procedures, 1997-2005
6 Policy memo lists, 2000
7 Scheid, Mark, 1999-2000
8 Scheid, Mark, 2001
9 Scheid, Mark, 2002
10 Scheid, Mark, 2003
11 Shipments, FY 2005/2006
12 Strategic planning, 1994-2000
13 Strategic Plan Committee, 2001
14 Student Affairs, 2001-2004
15 Travel, 1997-2001
16 Travel policy, 2000-2001
17 Trinity exchange, 2001-2003
18 Work orders, FY 2005/2006
19 Xerox, 2004-June 2006

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Series III: Off-campus 2002-2008

Athletics:
Box Folder
9 20 C-USA Realigned Board of Directors Meeting, June 13, 2004
21 C-USA Realigned Board of Directors Meeting, October 24, 2004
22 C-USA Realigned Board of Directors Meeting, February 7, 2005
23 C-USA Realigned Board of Directors Meeting, June 6-7, 2005
24 C-USA Board of Directors Meeting, October 27, 2005
25 C-USA Board of Directors Meeting, February 13, 2006
Box Folder
10 1 C-USA Board of Directors Meeting, June 5-6, 2006
2 C-USA Board of Directors Meeting, October 6, 2006
3 C-USA Board of Directors Meeting, February 12, 2007
4 C-USA Board of Directors Meeting, June 4-5, 2007
5 C-USA Board of Directors Meeting, October 8, 2007
6 C-USA Board of Directors Meeting, February 19, 2008
7 C-USA correspondence, 2003
8-9 C-USA correspondence, 2004
10 C-USA correspondence, 2005
11 C-USA correspondence, 2006
12 NCAA correspondence, 2004-2005
13 NCAA Membership Reports, 2004-2005
Box Folder
11 1 WAC correspondence, 2004
2 WAC correspondence, 2005
3 WAC bylaws
4 Greater Houston Partnership: Board of Directors Meeting Agenda, 2005
5 Greater Houston Partnership: Board of Directors Meeting Agenda, 2007
6 Greater Houston Partnership: Business Issues Advisory Committee, 2003-2004
7 Greater Houston Partnership: Correspondence, 2003-2005
8 Greater Houston Partnership: Correspondence, 2006-2007
9 Greater Houston Partnership: Education & Workforce Advisory Committee, 2002-2004
10 Greater Houston Partnership: Environment Advisory Committee, 2002-2003
11 Greater Houston Partnership: Horizon Issues Committee, 2002-2003
12 Greater Houston Partnership: Tax & Fiscal Policy Subcommittee, 2002-2003
13 Texas Medical Center: Correspondence, 2004
14 Texas Medical Center: Correspondence, 2005
15 Texas Medical Center: Correspondence, 2006
16 Texas Medical Center: Correspondence, 2007
17 Texas Medical Center: Federal Outlook Briefing - John Culberson, 2004
18 Texas Medical Center: Forward Planning Committee meeting agendas, 2004-2005
19 Texas Medical Center: Forward Planning Committee meeting agendas, 2006-2007
20 Texas Medical Center: Forward Planning Committee meeting agendas, 2008
21 Texas Medical Center: 79th TX Legislative Session Briefing, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, 2004
22 Universities (misc.) correspondence, 2003-2008
23 Welch Foundation, 2004
24 Welch Foundation, 2005
25 Welch Foundation, 2006
26 Welch Foundation, 2007
27 Welch Foundation, 2008

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