Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice

Timeline of Condoleezza Rice, a prominent American diplomat and political figure who served as the 66th United States Secretary of State from 2005 to 2009, under President George W. Bush. She is known for her expertise in international affairs and played a key role in shaping American foreign policy during her tenure.


November 15, 1954


Birmingham, Alabama, United States


66th United States Secretary of State from 2005 to 2009 under President George W. Bush


University of Denver, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. Later, she pursued her graduate studies at the University of Notre Dame, where she received both her Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Political Science
14 November 1954

Birth of Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice was born in Birmingham, Alabama, during a time of racial segregation. She was the only child of Angelena and John Wesley Rice, Jr., both educators and Presbyterian church leaders.

15 September 1963

Lost a Friend at the Birmingham Church Bombing

Rice was a friend of one of the four African American girls who were killed in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham by white supremacists. This event influenced her perspective on racial politics and the American civil rights movement.

10 May 1975

Bachelor's Degree in Political Science

Condoleezza Rice earned her bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Denver. She graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

01 August 1981

First Woman to be Tenured at Stanford's Political Science Department

Condoleezza Rice became the first woman and first African American to be awarded tenure in Stanford University's Department of Political Science.

01 March 1989

Senior Director of Soviet and East European Affairs

Rice served as Senior Director of Soviet and East European Affairs in the National Security Council, and a Special Assistant to President George H.W. Bush during the dissolution of the Soviet Union and German reunification from 1989 to 1991.

01 June 1993

Provost of Stanford University

Condoleezza Rice returned to Stanford in 1993 to take on the role of Provost, becoming the first woman and first African American to hold the position.

20 January 2001

National Security Advisor by President George W. Bush

Rice was appointed National Security Advisor by President George W. Bush, becoming the first woman to hold this position.

26 January 2005

Confirmed as 66th U.S. Secretary of State

She was confirmed as Secretary of State and became the second woman and the first African American woman to hold this post.

26 January 2009

Return to Academia Becoming a Faculty Member at Stanford University

Following the end of the Bush administration, Rice returned to academia and became a faculty member at Stanford University, and a founding partner of RiceHadleyGates, LLC.

17 January 2017

Release of 'Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom'

Condoleezza Rice published a book titled 'Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom', reflecting on her experiences in foreign policy and her belief in the global expansion of democracy.

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