Condoleezza Rice Interim
After her first stint at the National Security Counsel, Condoleezza Rice returned to Stanford. By this time she was tenured and her reputation soaring. She was asked to come on the boards of several corporations, including Chevron, Transamerica, Hewlett-Packard, and Charles Schwab. Her expertise on European and Russian affairs made her worth her weight in gold to these organizations. Meanwhile she remained a valued consultant to the NSC.
By this time the media became aware of her presence and she became a consultant for ABC News for foreign affairs, especially those pertaining to Russia. Soon (1991) Gerhard Casper, the President of Stanford asked her to be provost of the University. She was still young, but she shared his belief that things needed shaking up, she understood the system and she firmly believed that the university was about "teaching, learning, and research". As such the university was not in the business of political indoctrination. As provost she was in charge of the internal running of the University.
While provost she had some run-ins with affirmative action activists who insisted that minority hiring at the university was not representative of the population. She responded, "I am completely opposed to the introduction of affirmative action criteria at the time of tenure." She believed that people should be taken on an individual basis and that race or gender should not be a main qualification gauging advancement.
During Condoleezza's time on the board of directors at Chevron she had a tanker named after her. She resumed playing piano in 1995, taking lessons from Stanford's director of keyboard studies, George Barth. She was very fond of the German composers, especially Johannes Brahms.
In the late 1990s Condoleezza Rice founded the CNG (Center of a New Generation) which worked in the under-priveleged neighborhood of East Palo Alto to help motivated students in their studies of math, history, geography, science, English, science, technology and music. The CNG was designed to help students develop goals, self-esteem, and a work ethic.
In 1999 she decided to leave Stanford so she could return to work in the field where her passionate interests lay, international politics. She planned on working at an investment bank. Meanwhile, she agreed to work part time for the Bush campaign for the 2000 presidential election.
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