Rutgers Faculty Challenge Condoleezza Rice as Commencement Speaker

March 10, 2014 | Karin

Condoleezza Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States, President George W. Bush’s National Security Advisor, and on President George H.W. Bush’s National Security Council staff, among other positions. She has been awarded 10 honorary doctorates. But some faculty members are trying to make sure a degree from Rutgers University is not among them.

Last month, Rutgers’ New Brunswick Faculty Council passed a resolution calling for the invitation to Rice to be the commencement speaker to be rescinded. Rutgers University President Robert Barchi recently confirmed that Rice will indeed deliver the commencement address despite the controversy.

It is a little humorous that this controversy is happening during Women’s History Month. Surely, Rice, who served at the highest levels of the government (as the first female National Security Advisor and second female Secretary of State) will feature prominently in the story of the history of American women for years to come.

I am glad to see the Rutgers President not backing down to this faculty pressure.

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