"We must be bold."
President John F. Kennedy at Rice Stadium, 1962
Nearly 60 years ago, President Kennedy chose Rice University to announce a moonshot — the moonshot — that would advance human progress and possibility for generations. Today, as we face a new era of change and challenge, this spirit of daring exploration and determination to embrace the hard work ahead is needed more than ever.
We are grateful to our many generous supporters who have invested in the pathbreaking work of our students, faculty and staff through the Be Bold campaign. Thanks to you, we are well over halfway toward our goal of raising $2B by December 31, 2025.
A Message from the Chairman of the Board
When I consider what it means to Be Bold, I think of Rice’s resilience in challenging times and the ability to see, and seize, opportunities to contribute our insight, creativity and innovations. Our community has always come together and emerged stronger, poised for ever-greater impact. The Be Bold campaign is an opportunity to accelerate that impact and to share our vision and talent with Houston and the world.
I am also inspired by the boldness of our talented faculty, staff and students, who are working to distinguish themselves and to propel Rice forward as a leader in higher education. Rice’s culture has long been one of collaboration and achievement, and the Be Bold campaign promises to build on these strengths and to serve as a conduit toward greater possibility.
Robert T. Ladd '78
Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Rice University