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Whitmire to Leave RIPA for Junior Achievement Presidency

first_imgAddThis Share Contact: Michael Cinelli Phone: (713) 527-4807 Whitmire to Leave RIPA for Junior Achievement Presidency Kathryn J. Whitmire, director of the Rice Institute for Policy Analysis (RIPA), has been named president and chief executive officer of Junior Achievement Inc. effective Sept.6, 1994. Whitmire joined the Rice faculty in January 1992 as the Tsanoff Lecturer on Public Affairs and as director of RIPA. Prior to coming to Rice she served five terms as Houston mayor. She has served onthe board of Junior Achievement since June 1992. Rice president Malcolm Gillis said the post to which Whitmirehas been named “is important to the future of our nation’s youth.””Kathy Whitmire’s appointment to the Junior Achievement post is well deserved and recognizes her outstanding accomplishments in public service and education,” Gillis said. “She will be missed at Rice. She has been very important to the university in helping promote our interests in internationalization particularly through RIPA’s close involvement with the large consular corps in Houston.” RIPA’s activities will remain important to the university, Gillis said, and will be enhanced by the emergence of the James A.Baker III Institute for Public Policy and its programs.”The future of RIPA is obviously an important part of the discussion of how the Baker Institute evolves during the next year,” Gillis said. Dean of Social Sciences James Pomerantz praised Whitmire’s tenure as RIPA director, citing four essential contributions shemade to the university.”First, Kathy Whitmire has been an articulate and forceful spokesperson for Rice both inside Houston and beyond,” Pomerantz said. “Second, she has moved RIPA forward in new and important directions and built momentum that will prove very valuable to Rice in the future.”Third, she has been one of the leading designers of the Baker Institute on both the academic planning side and as a member of the search committee for the director,” he added. “Fourthly, she has made timely and important contributions to the university’s undergraduate curriculum, such as in the increased visibility of women in politics.” ###last_img read more