IRC President 2002-2013
George Rupp became president of the International Rescue Committee on July 1, 2002. For the previous nine years, Dr. Rupp was president of Columbia University. During his tenure, he focused on enhancing undergraduate education, on strengthening the relationship of the campus to surrounding communities and New York City as a whole, and on increasing the university’s international orientation. He also completed both a financial restructuring of the university and a $2.84 billion fundraising campaign.
Prior to his time at Columbia, Dr. Rupp served as president of Rice University, where in the course of his eight year tenure, applications for admission almost tripled, federal research support more than doubled, and the value of the Rice endowment increased by more than $500 million to $1.25 billion. Earlier, he was the John Lord O’Brian Professor of Divinity and dean of the Harvard Divinity School. Under his leadership, the curriculum of the school was revised to address more directly the pluralistic character of contemporary religious life.
Dr. Rupp serves on the boards of the Committee for Economic Development, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Institute for International Education, the Henry Luce Foundation, and the Josiah Macy Foundation. He is also co-president of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.
Dr. Rupp stepped down in August 2013 after 11 years as IRC president.
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