First homeland security secretary Tom Ridge to speak at Rice April 16


David Ruth

Amy Hodges

First homeland security secretary Tom Ridge to speak at Rice April 16

HOUSTON – (April 9, 2013) – Tom Ridge, the nation’s first secretary of Homeland Security, will speak at Rice University April 16 at the inaugural Rice Veterans Leadership Series, “An Evening with Tom Ridge: A Life of Public Service and Leadership.”

The talk, which is hosted by Rice University’s Veterans in Business Association, will be at 5:45 p.m. in McNair Hall’s Shell Auditorium. A reception will take place at 5 p.m. in the Anderson Family Commons.

What: “An Evening with Tom Ridge: A Life of Public Service and Leadership.”

When: 5 p.m. April 16.

Where: McNair Hall, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston.

Ridge became the first assistant to the president for Homeland Security after 9/11; in 2003 he became the first secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The creation of the country’s 15th cabinet department marked the largest reorganization of government since the Truman administration and another call to service for the former soldier, congressman and governor of Pennsylvania. For more information on Ridge, visit

The Rice Veterans Leadership Series will be an annual series of lectures by veterans who have excelled in business and public service.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To RSVP, visit

Members of the media are welcome to attend, but must RSVP by contacting David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at 713-348-6327 or Flash photography is limited to the first five minutes and video recording is limited to the first 10 minutes.

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