DAVID M. MANSOURI ’07
President, State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE)
BA 2007, Rice University
MBA 2014, Vanderbilt University
ARA Board term ends: 2020
What part of serving on the ARA Board are you most excited about?
The opportunities that Rice gave me set me on an upward trajectory in life both personally and professionally. I’m excited to give back to the university and the alumni community by serving on the ARA Board. I am also looking forward to exploring ways to better connect alumni from across the country with the work of the university and to represent alumni perspectives.
What is your favorite “Only at Rice” memory or story?
The residential college system is an “Only at Rice” memory that is unique to Rice graduates. The friends I made at Will Rice are still my best friends today!
If you could give one piece of advice to Rice students, what would it be?
Take advantage of every opportunity you have during your time at Rice, both academically and socially. Take classes in areas you are interested in, even if they aren’t your major — one of my biggest regrets is that I didn’t take a foreign language all four years during my time as an undergraduate! Explore Houston early and often. Go out of your comfort zone and participate in campus activities and events.
Share a positive experience or outcome you’ve had via Sallyportal.
I’ve only been on Sallyportal for a short period of time, but I love the fact that there is a forum to engage with the Rice community and identify opportunities for students and alumni.