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International Rescue Committee CEO Rupp to Speak at the Bush School

September 09, 2011

September 9, 2011

On September 26, George Rupp, President and CEO of International Rescue Committee will give a lecture entitled “Local Conflicts/Global Challenges” at the Bush School’s Annenberg Presidential Conference Center. Rupp’s speech is open to the public and will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Dr. George Rupp has been president of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) since July 2002.  As the IRC’s chief executive officer, Dr. Rupp oversees the agency’s relief and development operations in over 40 countries and its refugee resettlement and assistance programs throughout the United States.  In addition, he leads the IRC’s advocacy efforts in Washington, Geneva, Brussels and other capitals on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable people. 

Before joining the IRC, Dr. Rupp was president of Columbia University and earlier, was president of Rice University. While at Columbia, 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.  During his time at Rice University, 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 in his career, Rupp was the John Lord O’Brian Professor of Divinity and dean of the Harvard Divinity School.

The lecture is free and open to the public but reservations are required. Guests will be asked to identify themselves when they arrive for the program. To make a reservation online, go to or to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Reservations can also be made by phone by calling 979-458-8015.