Unconventional Education: A life unfolds at Rice

For many, going to college can be the time when adulthood begins. Alex Byrd ’90, an associate professor of history in Rice’s School of Humanities, is a pretty good example of this. Byrd entered Rice in 1986 from Yates High School in Houston not knowing if he would fit into the culture. Almost 30 years later, not only did he fit in, he is one its most important parts.¬†“In some sense, he’s the complete package,” Dean of Humanities Nicolas Shumway said of Byrd’s impact. “(Byrd is) a great teacher, great student adviser and a really superb scholar.”

About Brandon Martin

Greetings, I am a video producer at Rice University in the Office of Public Affairs. I became a Rice Owl in June 2011. Before that, I was at KPRC-TV in Houston as a special projects photojournalist for seven years, where I covered everything from hurricanes to sports. Southeast Texas has been my home my entire life. I am lucky to have a wonderful wife and two of the cutest girls I have ever seen. Go Owls!