Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Rice University Presidential Search Committee records (Malcolm Gillis), 1992-1993 UA 019

creator Rice University
Title: Rice University Presidential Search Committee records (Malcolm Gillis)
Dates: 1992-1993
Abstract: 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.
Identification: UA 019
Quantity: 7.5 Linear Feet7 boxes
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

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.

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.


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 woodson@rice.edu 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.

Index Terms

Universities and colleges -- Administration
letters (correspondence)
minutes (administrative records)
College presidents

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Rice University Presidential Search Committee records, 1992-93, UA 019, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Committee meeting records

Box Folder
1 1 Rupp, George, Resignation
2 Universities Contacted
3 Search Literature
4 Meeting Info – 12/4-6/1992 – Dallas
5 Meeting Info – 1/11/93
6 Meeting Info – 1/22/93
7 Presidential Profile
8 Questions for Candidates
9 Search Literature, Profiles of University or College Top Administrators
10 President’s Reports, 1989-92
11 Search Literature, Multi-article Accounts of Presidential Successions
12 Search Literature, Articles on University Presidential Selection Process
13 Final Report of 1984-85 Rice Presidential Search Committee
14 Search Literature, Guidebooks
15 Search Consultants
16 Office Equipment/Supplies
17 Newspaper Articles
Box Folder
2 1 Minutes of meetings
2 Hiring Info
3 Institutional Data
4 Job Description
5 Maps
7-26 Meeting info (trips, visits, meetings) filed by date
27-46 Committee member list and info files
Box Folder
3 1-35 Resource contact info files by name
36 Accounting Information
37 Advertising for Position
38 Affirmative Action Report
39 Calendars
40 Compensation
41 Financial/Athletic Information
Box Folder
2 42-44 Dictation Files
Box Folder
3 45-46 Correspondence
Box Folder
4 1-2 Correspondence
3 Employment Contract

Series II: Candidate files

Box Folder
4 4-50 Candidate info, filed by last name

Series III: Committee records

Box Folder
7 1 Information from 1985 presidential search
2 Composition of search committee
3 Search information resources
4 Initial search planning
5 Presidential salary information
6 University and college departmental rankings, from US News
7 Newsclippings
8 Information regarding George Rupp’s appointment at Columbia University
9-10 Candidate lists and information
11-12 Committee members and meetings
13 Faculty input
14 General research and notes