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.

Doyle L. Arnold '70

Education: Rice University 1970, B.A. Mathematics and Economics and Stanford University 1976, MBA
Professional: Retired as Vice Chairman and CFO of Zions Bancorporation, Chair of Advisory Board

Terry Blumer '80

Education: Rice University 1980, B.A. Economics and Political Science and Stanford University 1984, M.B.A.
Professional: Senior Partner, Jupiter Partners

Vicki Whamond Bretthauer '79

Education: Rice University 1979, B.A. Managerial Studies and Northwestern 1982, M.B.A.​​​​​​​
Professional: Independent Consultant

Renee Capri '93

Education: Rice University 1993, B.A. Sociology and Managerial Studies
Professional: Owner, Frontline Marketing Services

Robert L. Clarke '63

Education: Rice University 1963, B.A. Economics and Harvard University 1966, J.D.​​​​​​​
Professional: Senior Partner, Banking and Financial Services, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP

Jeff Compton '77

Education: Rice University 1977, B.A. Economics​​​​​​​
Professional: President, Compton & Wendler

Walter E. Greenberg '78

Education: Rice University 1978, B.A. Economics and Physics and Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1980, M.B.A.​​​​​​​
Professional: First Vice President, High Definition Consulting

Joe Grinstein '94

Education: Rice University 1994: Economics, Political Science and Yale University 1997: Doctor of Jurisprudence​​​​​​​
Professional: Partner, Susman Godfrey L.L.P.

Russell W. Hall '86

Education: Rice University 1986, B.A. Sociology, University of Houston 1993, Doctor of Jurisprudence, and University of Houston 2006, Master of Laws
Professional: Russell W. Hall, Attorney-at-Law

John P. Hansen, Ph.D. '71

Education: Spring Hill College 1966, B.A. Mathematics, Rice University 1971, M.A. Economics, and Rice University 1973, Ph.D. Economics​​​​​​​
Professional: President, Board of Trustees, Alief I.S.D.

Joseph Hessel, M.D. '77

Education: Rice University 1977, B.A. Psychology and University of Texas 1983, Houston, M.D.​​​​​​​
Professional: Surgeon, Arizona Cardiovascular Center

Sylvia Hysong, Ph.D. '00

Education: University of Rochester 1991: B.A. Psychology, University of North Carolina, Charlotte 1993: M.A. Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and Rice University 2000: Ph.D. Industrial/Organizational Psychology​​​​​​​
Professional: Professor, Baylor College of Medicine

David Itz '72

Education: Rice University 1972, B.A. Economics​​​​​​​
Professional: Chairman, Board of Directors at First Service Credit Union

Andrew Lin '02

Education: Rice University 2002, B.A. Economics​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Professional: Financial Services Professional, New York Life Insurance Company

Akilah Mance '05

Education: Rice University 2005, B.A. Political Science, English and University of Georgia 2008, Doctor of Jurisprudence
Professional: General Counsel, Houston Forensic Science Center

Milinda McNeely '79

Education: Rice University 1979, B.A. Political Science and The University of Texas at Austin 1982, J.D.​​​​​​​
Professional: Senior Vice President, ABC Studios

Jana Sanchez '86

Education: Rice University 1986, B.A. Political Science​​​​​​​
Professional: Founding Director and CEO, CitySavvy Ltd.

Cathryn Rodd Selman '78

Education: Rice University 1978, B.A. Economics and History and Harvard Business School 1982, MBA
Professional: Retired from ExxonMobil

Amy Sutton '89 '90

Education: Rice University 1989, B.A. Economics and Managerial Studies, Rice University 1990, MBA, and Golden Gate University 1994, Masters in Taxation
Professional: Tax Partner, Deloitte Tax LLP

Gloria Meckel Tarpley '81

Education: Rice University 1981, B.A. Managerial Studies and Political Science and University of Houston 1984, J.D.
Professional: Community Volunteer

Merinda Watkins-Martin '91

Education: Rice University 1991, B.A. Managerial Studies
Professional: Owner, Lemond Kitchen and Lemond Catering and Special Events

Lori Whitten '98

Education: Rice University 1998, B.A. Mathematical Economics Analysis, History and Harvard Business School 2003, MBA