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Jennifer King Rice

Senior Vice  President and Provost
University of Maryland, College Park

Jennifer King Rice began her career at the University of Maryland a quarter century ago and has held a variety of faculty and leadership positions. In August, she left her position as dean of the school’s College of Education and took over as the school’s senior vice president and provost – the second-ranking officer at the university.

Recognized as a national expert in education and policy, Rice has published numerous articles and book chapters. She earned her doctorate and Master of Science in education administration and social foundations from Cornell University.

What makes you excited about your job?

I have the privilege of working with a vibrant and engaged community to advance the mission of one of the world’s greatest public, research-intensive universities. Our university is deeply committed to instruction, research, creative activities, and service opportunities that promote the public good. We, along with other public, research-intensive universities, are in a unique position to accelerate solutions to the grand challenges of our time.

What is the biggest challenge your organization now faces?

As we continue to navigate the challenges of a worldwide pandemic, racial injustice and threats to our democracy, we have an extraordinary opportunity to rethink our work and our role. As a public, research-intensive university, we are at a unique moment in the history of higher education to reimagine how we teach and learn, how our scholarship can address the grand challenges of our time, and how we contribute to society in meaningful ways through our service and community engagement.