NEWS: Rice names new building

Rice University will name a new building in honor of the families of Rice alumni and trustees Kent Anderson and Robert Clarke in appreciation of a major gift to Rice’s Centennial Campaign.

The D. Kent and Linda C. Anderson and Robert L. and Jean T. Clarke Center will be the new home of Rice’s Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. The center will be constructed when the $24 million fundraising goal for the building has been met.

“Kent and Linda Anderson and Bob Clarke and his late wife, Jean ('Puddin'), have been long-time supporters of Rice,” President David Leebron said. “We are very appreciative of their generous gift to the Glasscock School, and I am delighted that their dedication to Rice will be honored through a building that bears their names and embodies the university’s educational commitment to the city of Houston.”

The Anderson-Clarke Center will be a three-story, 51,000-square-foot facility; it will house 24 classrooms, conference rooms, a language center, an auditorium and a commons area and terrace for events.

Clarke is a senior partner for banking and financial services at the law firm of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP. He was appointed by Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush as comptroller of the currency of the United States and served in that role from 1985 through February 1992. Clarke has served on the Association of Rice Alumni Board and as a volunteer for the Rice Annual Fund. He currently serves as president-elect of the Association of Rice Alumni, as a member of the School of Social Sciences Advisory Board and as a member of the Board of Trustees’ External Relations and Audit committees. In 1992 Rice honored Clarke with the Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Anderson, a retired banker and investor, received a bachelor’s degree in geology from Rice in 1962. During his banking career, Anderson chaired several commercial banks, including Allied, First Interstate and Post Oak banks. He has served on the board of Houston Endowment, including five years as chairman. Anderson was elected to the Rice Board of Trustees in 1986 and has served on every board committee, most notably as chairman of the Building and Grounds Committee. He co-chaired the Rice: The Next Century capital campaign and led the Rice Associates from 1987 to 1994. In 1999 Rice recognized him with its Gold Medal for extraordinary service. He received the Distinguished Owl Club Award in 2010.

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