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David W. Leebron

Rice University

David W. Leebron became Rice University’s seventh president in 2004. Under Leebron’s guidance, the institution has undergone a period of growth and transformation. Over the past eight years, the university has increased its undergraduate student population, enhanced the vibrancy of the campus with $800 million in new construction, extended its research endeavors and international presence, deepened its relationship with its home city of Houston, and earned greater visibility locally, nationally and internationally.

Early in his presidency, Leebron engaged in extensive consultations that produced the Vision for the Second Century (V2C), a plan for Rice’s growth and advancement as one of the world’s premier research universities. As Rice approaches its centennial anniversary in October 2012, much has been accomplished and the university is well positioned for its second hundred years.

Perhaps the biggest change has occurred in undergraduate enrollment, which has increased 30 percent since 2004. The number of applications received for fall 2012 set a record at approximately 15,100, nearly double seven years ago. In fall 2011, the university welcomed 1,000 freshmen, the largest incoming class in Rice’s history. International applicants have increased fivefold, and undergraduate and graduate students now come from 89 countries.

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