Condoleezza Rice to speak at Cal Lutheran

Former secretary of state will discuss public service

Condoleezza Rice served as the 66th secretary of state, the second woman and first African-American woman to hold the post. 

(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – April 20, 2018) Condoleezza Rice, who served as U.S. secretary of state from 2005 to 2009, will speak about public service and civic engagement on May 4 at California Lutheran University. 

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Gilbert Arena on the Thousand Oaks campus. Rice’s talk will be followed by a Q&A led by CNBC special correspondent Jane Wells. 

This is the inaugural event in the Gallegly Center Distinguished Speaker Series at Cal Lutheran. The lectures will feature renowned authors, experts and dignitaries who exemplify the idea of public service.

Rice served as the 66th secretary of state, the second woman and first African-American woman to hold the post. She also served as President George W. Bush’s assistant to the president for national security affairs (national security adviser) from 2001 to 2005, the first woman to hold the position. From 1989 to 1991, Rice had served on President George H.W. Bush’s National Security Council staff. She served as director, senior director of Soviet and East European affairs, and special assistant to the president for national security affairs. In 1986, while an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, Rice served as special assistant to the director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Raised in segregated Alabama by parents who encouraged her to seize any educational opportunity, Rice earned a doctorate from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver. She served as Stanford University’s provost from 1993 to 1999, during which she was the chief budget and academic officer. Rice is currently the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Graduate School of Business and a professor of political science at Stanford.

Rice is vice chair of the board of governors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, a member of the board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education and a trustee of the Aspen Institute.

Proceeds from the event will fund scholarships and experiential learning opportunities for Gallegly Fellows in Cal Lutheran’s Master of Public Policy and Administration Program. The fellowships are awarded through the Elton and Janice Gallegly Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement, which will be dedicated earlier on May 4. 

Community members can purchase tickets for $50. Seating is limited, and tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. To order tickets, go to

For more information, email or call 805-493-3160.