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Rice University celebrated the inauguration of its eighth president, Reginald DesRoches, with a series of events and traditions that involved the entire Rice community, members of the Houston community and beyond. The inauguration was a historical moment for Rice in that President DesRoches is the university's first black president, first immigrant president and first president who is an engineer.
We embarked on a search for a proven leader who will be transformational, who will lead Rice to even greater stature and national recognition. We have found a leader who is inspirational and universally respected, a leader who is visionary, strategic and kind. We are proud to welcome Reginald DesRoches as our university’s next president.
- Robert T. Ladd, Chairman Rice University Board of Trustees