Ralph Hawkins, who earned his Master of Architecture degree from Rice, has made substantial strides in elevating the quality and caliber of work in the field of healthcare architecture. As the former chairman and CEO of HKS Architects in Dallas, he led the firm’s growth into multiple markets worldwide and expanded its healthcare group into one of the largest practices in the nation.
Hawkins’ strategic direction and leadership style, which one nominator described as “steady, collaborative, clear and direct,” has impacted HKS offices around the globe, as well as the broader profession of healthcare architecture. Hawkins holds membership in the AIA College of Fellows, Academy on Architecture for Health and was a founding member of the American College of Healthcare Architects. He was named one of Fortune magazine’s “25 Best Bosses” in 2005, Best Executive for a Professional Service Firm by the National American Business Awards and CEO of the Year by the Professional Services Management Journal. He has also received numerous awards for his visionary work, including the American College of Healthcare Architects Lifetime Achievement Award.
“His passion to lean in and help others is as strong as I have ever witnessed in a leader,” described one nominator. Hawkins has served and supported the Rice community for years, including through the advisory council of the Rice School of Architecture and as a host of numerous externships and internships. He and his wife, Susan, have also generously supported the School of Architecture‘s goals to increase faculty research and student international experiences.
Maryana F. Iskander is a global expert in social entrepreneurship and has advanced the wellbeing of millions of people around the world through her visionary leadership.
A two-term president of the Rice Student Association, Iskander graduated magna cum laude from Rice in 1997 and earned her master’s degree from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and JD from Yale Law School. She returned to Houston as advisor to Rice President David W. Leebron, where she helped execute the Call to Conversation that led to the university’s strategic plan, the Vision for the Second Century.
During Iskander’s six years as COO of Planned Parenthood, the organization’s support base grew from 2 million to 11 million. She led global expansion, improved healthcare delivery and oversaw Planned Parenthood online – which now receives 70 million visits per year – to better connect with patients, advocates, donors and policy-makers.
Iskander currently works in South Africa as the CEO of Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, a social enterprise creating solutions to address the global challenge of youth unemployment. Under her leadership, the organization has supported 750,000 young people and is recognized worldwide for its successful model and impact. In 2019, Iskander received the highly prestigious Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.
“Maryana has combined intellectual curiosity with an unparalleled commitment to excellence,” said one nominator. “And along the way, she has mentored and encouraged so many others to think big and try hard things.”
A trailblazer in the field of cardiovascular developmental biology, Deepak Srivastava has tirelessly researched and developed solutions to some of the world’s most pressing heart problems.
Srivastava serves as the president of the Gladstone Institutes, a state-of-the-art biomedical research institution in San Francisco, and as director of the Roddenberry Stem Cell Center. His contributions to his field include an increased understanding of the genetic basis leading to congenital heart disease and a potential path for regenerating damaged organs without transplantation. His lab at the Gladstone Institutes is also working to unravel the ambiguities in gene networks that drive normal and abnormal organ development. In addition to his research, Srivastava is also a professor in pediatric cardiology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
He has earned international recognition, including election into the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences. Srivastava also serves as the president of the International Society for Stem Cell Research and the nonresident scholar for biomedical research policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Srivastava earned his bachelor’s from Rice and MD from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston before completing his residency in pediatrics at UCSF and a fellowship in pediatric cardiology at Harvard. One nominator described him as “one of a very small group of people able to work at the forefront of a scientific field at both a basic and medical level and have the leadership skills to guide institutions, trainees and thought leaders.”
William T. Cannady’s impact on the Rice community is as strong, sturdy and creative as the more than 200 projects he has designed in his award-winning architectural career. His expert leadership and unwavering devotion to the university has helped advance Rice’s place as a leader in higher education.
Cannady earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley, his master’s from Harvard University and completed post-graduate research at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. He has devoted more than 55 years to Rice, while simultaneously working as a designer and developer in private practice. Never ceasing to push the envelope in pursuit of excellence, Cannady developed an interdisciplinary class for business and architecture students that allowed them to collaborate and develop real-world practices for futures in commercial real estate, allowing them to immediately contribute when they enter the workforce.
Cannady currently serves as professor emeritus in the Rice School of Architecture and also held joint teaching assignments in the George R. Brown School of Engineering and the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business. He is a founding member of the Rice Design Alliance and has served as a member of the athletic and parking committees for many years. Visitors to Rice’s faculty club can see his inspired work firsthand; in 1976, he made major additions to Cohen House, which has become a cherished meeting place for Rice professors, administrators, staff members and graduate students. ”He’s always in motion, always up to ten things, always doing them while thinking about ten more, and does it all with astonishing enthusiasm,” described one nominator.
Many Rice couples meet on campus and share a passion for their alma mater. For Amy L. Sutton and Gary W. Chiles, that story holds true, and they have provided unwavering support and service to ensure that the university remains a premier place of higher education and community.
The couple are driving forces behind philanthropy in the Houston community, as well as spearheading initiatives inside the hedges for Rice students and alumni. Current president of the Owl Club Board for Rice Athletics, Gary has served as chair of the Rice Annual Fund steering committee and his reunion class giving committees, past president of the Friends of Fondren Library Board of Directors and member of the Association of Rice Alumni Board. Amy has also been involved with her class giving committees and the Rice Annual Fund. She also currently serves on the advisory board for the Rice 360° Institute for Global Health and is an emerita trustee on the Rice Board of Trustees and former member of the Association of Rice Alumni Board.
Amy and Gary received their bachelor’s degrees from Rice, where they were both members of Wiess College. Amy later earned master’s degrees from Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business and Golden Gate University, and Gary earned two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.
“Amy and Gary have demonstrated their unmatched passion for Rice through service at the highest levels, and in doing so, they represent the very best of how our alumni can give back to the university,” said one nominator.
Through her notable involvement within Rice’s alumni community, Gloria Meckel Tarpley has provided steadfast, instrumental leadership and support for the advancement of the university and its former students.
Tarpley, a former president of the Association of Rice Alumni, has served as a nominating committee chair for the School of Social Sciences Advisory Board, as a member of the Rice Board of Trustees, and as trustee emeritus on the buildings and grounds and public affairs committees. She is also serving this year as a member of the search committee for the new Rice Dean of Social Sciences. For both her commitment and composure, one nominator described her as “a volunteer we wish we could clone.”
Although her work ethic suggests she can be in two places at once, Tarpley splits her time between campus and her home in Dallas, bringing the spirit of unconventional wisdom and inspired thinking into her volunteer efforts with Rice committees and the Dallas alumni regional group, where she has previously served as president. A strong proponent of local engagement, her efforts have made Dallas home to one of the most active alumni groups outside of Houston. “You would be hard-pressed to find any volunteer role she has not performed or any part of the university that has not benefitted from her guidance and thoughtful dedication to Rice’s success,” wrote one nominator.
Tarpley received her bachelor’s degree from Rice in 1981 before graduating from the University of Houston Law Center in 1984. She practiced law as a trial attorney for many years, rose to become partner in her firm and then engaged full-time in volunteer efforts. Over a 10-year period, she served as member and later the chair of the City of Dallas Planning Commission, where she has hosted numerous externships for Rice students in the School of Architecture. She currently serves as a member and secretary of the DFW International Airport Board of Directors, in addition to serving on other non-profit boards in Dallas. She is married with two children, one of whom is a 2012 Rice graduate.