John '73 and Ann '75 Doerr have made a significant investment in Rice students with a $50 million gift dedicated to leadership education through the Doerr Institute for New Leaders.
Their gift, the largest single gift in Rice's history, will establish an institute that offers each Rice student an innovative combination of proven, timeless techniques together with modern, next-generation practices. The strengths of each student will be assessed and their potential will be developed in a four-year comprehensive, custom-made plan of classroom instruction, hands-on, real-world experience and guidance from personal coaches.
The Doerr Institute will also focus on cultural and global diversity and inclusion as a critical component of leadership.
“Now more than ever, the pressing problems of our nation and world need great teams and great leaders," said John Doerr.
Retired Brig. Gen. Tom Kolditz, who has headed leadership training at Yale and West Point, will direct the institute.
The real-world leadership opportunities provided by this new effort are an integral component of the Initiative for Students, which brings to the forefront students' opportunity for hands-on experience that develops their analytical, entrepreneurial and leadership skills.
"We couldn’t be more grateful to Rice alumni Ann and John Doerr for this extremely generous support of their alma mater,” said Rice President David Leebron. “The Doerrs will enable Rice to be the front-runner in empowering students with the skills, training and confidence to make a true difference in the world.”
Elements of this story are drawn from Rice News. Read the full release to learn more about this remarkable gift and the future of leadership education at Rice. For more information about the Doerr Institute, visit their website.