Susan Rice

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Susan E. Rice … (born November 17, 1964) is an American public official who served as the 24th United States National Security Advisor from 2013 to 2017. She was formerly a U.S. diplomat, Brookings Institution fellow, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. She served on the staff of the National Security Council and as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs during President Bill Clinton's second term. She was confirmed as UN ambassador by the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent on January 22, 2009.

Rice was mentioned as a possible replacement for retiring Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after President Barack Obama's re-election in 2012, but on December 13, 2012, following ongoing controversy related to the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, she announced that she was withdrawing her name from consideration, saying that if she were nominated, "the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive, and costly."

Rice married Canadian-born ABC News producer Ian Officer Cameron on September 12, 1992, at the St. Albans School chapel. They met as students at Stanford.


Susan Rice (A.B. 1986, Stanford University), active in the South Africa divestment movement as a student, now the 27th United States Ambassador to the United Nations.

Divestment from South Africa

Three Stanford Rhodes Scholars announced May 29, 1986, that they will turn their efforts next fall toward urging the Rhodes Trust to divest from South Africa related companies. Graduate student William Handley and seniors Michael McFaul and Susan Rice held a noon press conference to answer questions about the "Free South Africa Fund," an alternate repository for those who want to donate to Stanford but disagree with University investment policy. The three students, along with senior Laurie Edelstein, initiated work on the fund.

But the discussion at the conference turned to their commitment to urging the Rhodes Trust to divest. "When we meet other scholars in October, we will try to gain support for those efforts," McFaul said. Handley said they could face great difficulty because the British Parliament is partially responsible for administering the Rhodes Trust. "There are a lot of political considerations," he said. "Getting Rhodes scholarships didn't immediately sensitize us to this issue. We have been concerned about this for a long time," he said, arguing that "it's ridiculous to say that by accepting the scholarships we are being hypocritical." The three opened their remarks by urging donors who oppose Stanford's investments in South Africa related companies to deposit money in the "Free South Africa Fund" rather than giving directly to the University. The scholars announced its establishment to coincide with Stanford's Centennial fund-raising campaign.

Rice said, "As Stanford students we are especially outraged that the institution from which we benefit buttresses the apartheid regime."[1]

From a letter to the Stanford Daily 30 May 1986:

In the spring of next year, when independent, non-profit status has been attained, the fund will be transferred to a legal trust overseen by a board including the following people: Keith Archuleta, Office of Residential Education; St. Clair Drake, professor emeritus of anthropology; Laurie Edelstein, class of '86: James Lowell Gibbs, Jr.. professor of anthropology; William Gould, professor of law; Ronald Rebholz, professor of English; and ourselves.

We hope that there will be significant change both at Stanford and in South Africa long before 1996. The sooner such change comes, the more gladly and generously many of us will give to Stanford in its second century.

William Handley Senior, English and political science Michael McFaul Senior, international relations Susan Rice Senior, history.[2]

BSU Reception

January 31 1986 Black Student Union Reception: In honor of Rhodes Scholar Susan Rice, Ujamaa Lounge, 4-6 p.m.[3]

Obama appointment

In January 2009 Susan Rice was nominated[4]by the Obama administration for the position of Ambassador in the USUN and confirmed in January 2009.


  1. [The Stanford Daily, Volume 189, Issue 73, 30 May 1986 ]
  2. [The Stanford Daily, Volume 189, Issue 73, 30 May 1986 ]
  3. [The Stanford Daily, Volume 189, Issue 3, 29 January 1986]
  4. Nominations and appointments