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- completed at least 1 year of benefits-eligible service (from the day of the nomination) at Rice;
- demonstrated career mobility (e.g. promoted, held more than one position, etc.);
- displayed excellence by contributing to Rice work outside of their normal job responsibilities (e.g. served on a project team, university committee, etc.);
- exhibited the values and principles outlined in the RICE MILE.
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Chief of Staff, Office of the Provost (Current role since 2015; at Rice since 1994)
- Please describe your professional path while at Rice.
Began in 1994 after moving to Houston from Dallas
Started in the Office of Admission and then Finance & Administration, Baker Institute, Controller’s Office and Human Resources
- What has had the BIGGEST IMPACT on your career path (choices you have made)?
Having a strong curiosity to learn about many different things in many different areas, and not being too concerned about making a change.
- WHO at Rice has played a significant role (up to this point) in your career while here?
~Dean Currie, former VP for Finance & Administration, for providing me the opportunity to lead the change management effort in the accounts payable reorganization in the late 1990s
~Mary Cronin, the Associate Vice President for Human Resources, who always provided me with challenges, opportunities to learn new things, and lots of good humor
- What do you ENJOY MOST about working at Rice?
There are many fabulous things about working at Rice, but by far it’s the variety of work and the opportunity to never be bored that has made this such a great fit for me.
- What is 1 tip you would give a newer Rice professional as they navigate their career at Rice?
To take every opportunity to get to know others across the campus, and don’t be afraid to make a job change to another division, school or department.