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Lois Dickson Rice

Former Expert

Lois Dickson Rice joined Brookings in 1992 as the Miriam Carliner Guest Scholar in Economic Studies. Prior to that she served as vice president of the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) and was director of its Washington office, where she played a critical role in the development, passage, and implementation of the Pell Grant Program and other federal efforts to improve the participation of needy students in higher education. She was also senior vice president, and a member of the board, of the Control Data Corporation (CDC), overseeing the corporation’s interface in federal and state government public affairs and policies.

Rice also served on numerous corporate boards and councils, including Firestone, McGraw Hill, Hartford Steam Boiler Insurance Company, UNUM, Fleet Bank, and Commercial Credit, among others. She was a member of several commissions, including the Carnegie Council on Higher Education, President Clinton's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, and was chair of the visiting committee to the African American studies program at Harvard. She had a BA from Radcliffe/Harvard College and was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Columbia University. She had honorary degrees from Brown University and Bowdoin College.

Among her many studies on federal higher education policy was an Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center paper titled “Subsidizing Higher Education Through Tax and Spending Programs,” coauthored with Elaine Maag, David Mundel and Kim Rueben. She received numerous awards for her tireless efforts to improve equality of educational opportunities. She was director of the Think Tank Consortium at Brookings—an effort of 18 similar organizations designed to improve diversity among staff at research and policymaking organizations.

Rice passed away on January 4, 2017. You can read her full obituary here.

Lois Dickson Rice joined Brookings in 1992 as the Miriam Carliner Guest Scholar in Economic Studies. Prior to that she served as vice president of the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) and was director of its Washington office, where she played a critical role in the development, passage, and implementation of the Pell Grant Program and other federal efforts to improve the participation of needy students in higher education. She was also senior vice president, and a member of the board, of the Control Data Corporation (CDC), overseeing the corporation’s interface in federal and state government public affairs and policies.

Rice also served on numerous corporate boards and councils, including Firestone, McGraw Hill, Hartford Steam Boiler Insurance Company, UNUM, Fleet Bank, and Commercial Credit, among others. She was a member of several commissions, including the Carnegie Council on Higher Education, President Clinton’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, and was chair of the visiting committee to the African American studies program at Harvard. She had a BA from Radcliffe/Harvard College and was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Columbia University. She had honorary degrees from Brown University and Bowdoin College.

Among her many studies on federal higher education policy was an Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center paper titled “Subsidizing Higher Education Through Tax and Spending Programs,” coauthored with Elaine Maag, David Mundel and Kim Rueben. She received numerous awards for her tireless efforts to improve equality of educational opportunities. She was director of the Think Tank Consortium at Brookings—an effort of 18 similar organizations designed to improve diversity among staff at research and policymaking organizations.

Rice passed away on January 4, 2017. You can read her full obituary here.