The purpose of the Association
of Rice Alumni (ARA) is to provide the means of a continuing
relationship between the university and its former students.
The association strives to
stimulate intellectual and social participation of all
members of the ARA, and to enable them to contribute
to and share in the enhancement of the university. In
addition, the association endeavors to foster deeper
concern among its members for the welfare of the university,
to strengthen the bond of understanding between the
university and the community, to encourage gifts, to
attract outstanding students and faculty, and to contribute
toward maintaining Rice as a university in keeping with
the ideals and aims of its founder.
The Association of Rice Alumni
(ARA) is governed by the ARA Board in conjunction with
the Office of Alumni Affairs.
Association of Rice Alumni
As is set forth in the constitution
of the Association of Rice Alumni, the ARA board is
charged with the management and control of the Association,
its programs, affairs, policies and property. There
are two types of membership on the ARA board — director
and alumni trustee.
All alumni are eligible to
serve as a director on the ARA board. ("Alumni"
are defined as individuals who have attended Rice University
one or more academic years, excluding current students.)
Seven new directors are elected each year to serve terms
of three years. Each director of the board must be committed
to expend the time and energy necessary to make the
ARA a success. The ARA board meets three times a year
and all board members are expected to attend all meetings.
Except for those decisions that are made by the board's
Executive Committee in the interim, the business of
the ARA is conducted at these three meetings. Above
all, the members of the board represent the alumni body
to the university and represent the ARA to its constituents
— Rice alumni.
Much of the work of the ARA
board is accomplished in committees. Several, but not
all of the committees are chaired by members of the
ARA board. Although ARA board members are encouraged
to serve on these committees, non-board members are
welcome to serve on the committees as well.
Current ARA Board Members
If you would like to nominate someone (including yourself) to serve on the ARA board or an ARA committee,
please complete this interactive PDF form. To view the Board Member Responsibilities, please click here. If you have questions about serving on the ARA board or a committee, use the contact information below.
Office Staff Listing
Association of Rice Alumni — MS 520
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892
Alumni Office Location and
The Alumni Office is located on the second floor of
the Peter and Nancy Huff House
and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through
Friday. We are closed on university holidays.