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Rice University Presidential Search Committee records (Malcolm Gillis)

Identifier: UA 0019
Finding aid note: Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of materials accumulated during the work of the committee appointed to search for the sixth president of Rice University, replacing George Rupp. There are minutes of committee meetings, reports of members who interviewed various academic leaders for names of potential candidates, examples of advertising for the position, and files of information on 120 individuals who were considered. Also included are George Rupp’s resignation letter and information about his offer of the presidency of Columbia University. Details of the contract arrangements with Malcolm Gillis are also included.


  • 1992 - 1993


Conditions Governing Access

This material requires special permission for access. Please consult the Woodson Research Center at 713-348-2586 for assistance.

Conditions Governing Access

Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the Rice University Presidential Search Committee records, 1992-93 must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

Biographical / Historical

After appointment of a committee to conduct a presidential search following the resignation of George Rupp, the process began with a two-day meeting of the committee off-campus December 4-6, 1992. Committee members made visits to academic leaders identified as resources for names of potential candidates. Information was gathered about 120 individuals.

At the time of the search Malcolm Gillis was Dean of Arts and Sciences at Duke University. He had been considered an internal candidate for the presidency of Duke, but it was decided that this university’s new president should come from outside. Various members of the committee met with Dr. Gillis, he was interviewed In Houston, and he emerged as the committee’s top choice.


7.5 Linear Feet (7 boxes)

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The collection consists of records representing the official business of the committee that selected Malcolm Gillis as the sixth president of Rice University. The records include committee membership, correspondence, 120 candidate files, input from faculty, staff, and students.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transfered to the archives from Presidential Search Committee, 1992-93; Kathleen Matthews.


Guide to the Rice University Presidential Search Committee records (Malcolm Gillis), 1992-1993
Mary Tobin
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Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA