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May 15, 2015

Rice U. Receives $50 Million to Launch Leadership Center

Venture capitalist John Doerr is giving Rice University $50 million to develop an institute aimed at equipping students with modern leadership skills, the Houston Chronicle and the Associated Press report.

Set to launch in July at the Houston campus, the Doerr Institute for New Leaders will focus on teaching students how to wield influence, be confident, and work effectively on a team rather than emphasizing traditional, hierarchical leadership, according to the donor and others involved in the project.

Mr. Doerr, a Rice alumnus, was an early backer of Google, Amazon, and other major tech firms. He and his wife, Ann, gave the university $15 million in 2009 to help establish the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership. The new institute will be headed by retired Brig. Gen. Tom Kolditz, who has conducted leadership training programs at West Point and Yale's business school.