Rice was President Bush's National Security Advisor during his first term, making her the first woman to serve in that position.Before joining the Bush administration, she was a professor of political science at Stanford University, where she served as provost from 1993 to 1999.
Chevron was pursuing a $10 billion development project in Kazakhstan and, as a Soviet specialist, Rice knew the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev.
She traveled to Kazakhstan on Chevron's behalf and, in honor of her work, in 1993, Chevron named a 129,000-ton supertanker SS Condoleezza Rice.
She would also study Russian at Moscow State University in the summer of 1979, and intern with the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California. Her dissertation centered on military policy and politics in what was then the communist state of Czechoslovakia.
The award granted a year-long fellowship at Harvard University, Stanford University, Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology or University of California, Los Angeles.
; born November 14, 1954) is an American political scientist and diplomat.
She served as the 66th United States Secretary of State, the second person to hold that office in the administration of President George W. Rice was the first female African-American Secretary of State, as well as the second African-American Secretary of State (after Colin Powell), and the second female Secretary of State (after Madeleine Albright).
Her name, Condoleezza, derives from the music-related term con dolcezza, which in Italian means, "with sweetness".
Rice has roots in the American South going back to the pre-Civil War era, and some of her ancestors worked as sharecroppers for a time after emancipation.
Former Stanford President Gerhard Casper said the university was "most fortunate in persuading someone of Professor Rice's exceptional talents and proven ability in critical situations to take on this task.