Advisory Board

The Dean's Advisory Board is a vital source of information and innovative ideas to help guide the School's future. Board members provide guidance directly to the dean of social sciences at quarterly meetings. The engagement and support of board members is a key reason for the success of the social sciences at Rice University.

Edward "Teddy" B. Adams '91

Education: Rice University, B.A. Economics and Sociology
Stanford University, J.D.
Professional: Partner, Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P.

Doyle L. Arnold '70

Education: Rice University, B.A. Mathematics and Economics and Stanford University, MBA
Professional: Retired as Vice Chairman and CFO of Zions Bancorporation, Chair of Advisory Board

Terry Blumer '80

Education: Rice University, B.A. Economics and Political Science
Stanford University, M.B.A.
Professional: Senior Partner, Jupiter Partners

Vicki Whamond Bretthauer '79

Education: Rice University, B.A. Managerial Studies
Northwestern, M.B.A.
Professional: Independent Consultant

Renee Capri '93

Education: Rice University, B.A. Sociology and Managerial Studies
Professional: Owner, Frontline Marketing Services

Purvez Captain, Ph.D. '93

Education: College of Wooster, B.A. Economics
Rice University, M.A. and Ph.D. Economics
Professional: Americas Leader, Transfer Pricing and Economics Services, Ernst & Young LLP

Robert L. Clarke '63

Education: Rice University, B.A. Economics
Harvard University, J.D.
Professional: Senior Partner, Banking and Financial Services, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP

Jeff Compton '77

Education: Rice University, B.A. Economics
Professional: President, Compton & Wendler

Sandra Godfrey, Ph.D. '88

Education: Rice University, M.A. and Ph.D. Psychology
Professional: Community Volunteer

Walter E. Greenberg '78

Education: Rice University, B.A. Economics and Physics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.B.A.
Professional: First Vice President, High Definition Consulting

Russell W. Hall '86

Education: Rice University, B.A. Sociology
University of Houston, J.D., LL.M. (Tax)
Professional: Russell W. Hall, Attorney-at-Law

John P. Hansen, Ph.D. '71

Education: Spring Hill College, B.A. Mathematics
Rice University, M.A. and Ph.D. Economics
Professional: President, Board of Trustees, Alief I.S.D.

Debra Hermann, Ph.D. '91

Education: Washington University, BA
Rice University, M.A.
Rice University, Ph.D.
Professional: Managing Consultant and General Manager
YSC

Joseph Hessel, M.D. '77

Education: Rice University, B.A. Psychology
University of Texas/Houston, M.D.
Professional: Surgeon, Arizona Cardiovascular Center

David Itz '72

Education: Rice University, B.A. Economics
Professional: Chairman, Board of Directors at First Service Credit Union

Ken Janda '77

Education: Rice University, B.A. Managerial Studies, Economics and Anthropology
University of Houston, J.D.
Professional: President and CEO, Community Health Choice

John Rains Kelly, Ph.D. '73

Education: University of St. Thomas, B.A. Economics
Rice University, M.A. and Ph.D. Economics
Professional: Adjunct Professor, Rice University; Retired from ExxonMobil

Robert T. Ladd '78

Education: Rice University, B.A. Managerial Studies and Economics
University of Texas at Austin, M.B.A.
Professional: Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer and President, Stellus Capital Investment Corporation
Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer, Stellus Capital Management
Chair, RISE Council

Michael Maher, Ph.D. '75

Education: Rice University, B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. Economics
Professional: Senior Program Advisor, Center for Energy Studies, Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University

Milinda McNeely '79

Education: Rice University, B.A. Political Science
The University of Texas at Austin, J.D.
Professional: Senior Vice President, ABC Studios

Jana Sanchez '86

Education: Rice University, B.A. Political Science
Professional: Founding Director and CEO, CitySavvy Ltd.

Cathryn Rodd Selman '78

Education: Rice University, B.A. Economics and History
Harvard Business School, MBA
Professional: Retired from ExxonMobil

Amy Sutton '89 '90

Education: Rice University, B.A. Economics and Managerial Studies
Rice University, MBA
Golden Gate University, Masters in Taxation
Professional: Tax Partner, Deloitte Tax LLP

Gloria Meckel Tarpley '81

Education: Rice University, B.A. Managerial Studies and Political Science
University of Houston, J.D.
Professional: Community Volunteer

Charlos Ward '98, '06

Education: Rice University, B.A. Economics, B.S. Chemical Engineering
Rice University, M.B.A.
Professional: Manager, B.P. America Inc.

Merinda Watkins-Martin '91

Education: Rice University, B.A. Managerial Studies
Professional: Owner, Lemond Kitchen and Lemond Catering and Special Events

Chuck Whitten '99

Education: Rice University, B.A. Mathematical Economics Analysis, History
Harvard Business School, MBA
Professional: Partner, Bain & Company

Lori Whitten '98

Education: Rice University, B.A. Economics and Political Science
Harvard Business School, MBA