Former Mayor Annise Parker Joins Rice University Faculty

Rice named Parker the first fellow of the Doerr Institute of New Leaders.

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Former Houston Mayor Annise Parker

Annise Parker is taking up a teaching post at Rice University. The former Houston mayor will become the inaugural fellow at Rice's Doerr Institute for New Leaders.

Parker is coming to Rice fresh off another fellowship, at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, which she began just after she left office in January.

"It's a very exciting opportunity," Parker says. "I'm obviously very attached to Rice University, having graduated there and been very involved over the years. But the Doerr Institute for New Leaders is a relatively new program, and as the first fellow, I have an opportunity to, in some ways, chart my own course."

Rice Provost Marie Lynn Miranda says that, in addition to her work with the Doerr Institute, Parker will teach a course on the management of big cities through the university's School of Social Sciences.

"The mayor will be with us until December 31 at the very least, and we're hoping to have some type of a longer-term engagement with her," Miranda says. "Of course that will depend on the many, many people who will want to have her engaged in all kinds of things all over the country."

Rice inaugurated the Doerr Institute last year, following a $50 million gift by venture capitalist John Doerr and his wife Ann, both Rice alumni.


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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

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Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media’s business reporter, covering the oil...

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