Penn State asked Condoleezza Rice to be its president

Penn State asked Condoleezza Rice to be its president

An aide to former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says she was approached by a firm helping Penn State look for a new president but she was not interested, a newspaper reported Friday.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/HDNfG6) said Rice’s chief of staff, Georgia Godfrey, confirmed the overture.

“We received a request about this position through a search firm,” Godfrey told the Inquirer. “Our office declined on her behalf since she intends to remain at Stanford. Penn State is a fine institution and Dr. Rice wishes the search committee the very best.”

Penn State is looking for someone to succeed Rodney Erickson, who plans to leave the job at the end of June.

An email message from The Associated Press seeking additional details from Godfrey was not immediately returned late Friday.

Rice is a political science professor and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution.

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