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Penn St. tried to hire Rice as new president

11/08 4:38 PM

An aide to former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says she was approached by a firm helping Penn State look for a new president, but she wasn't interested.

PHILADELPHIA -- An aide to former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says she was approached by a firm helping Penn State look for a new president, but she wasn't interested.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Friday that Rice's chief of staff Georgia Godfrey confirmed the overture.

Godfrey tells the newspaper Rice's office declined on her behalf because she plans to remain on the faculty at Stanford.

Rice is a member of the 13-member committee responsible for selecting the four teams that advance to the College Football Playoff beginning after the 2014 regular season.

Rice has never worked directly in college athletics but did hire Tyrone Willingham as Stanford's football coach in 1995.

Penn State is looking for someone to succeed Rodney Erickson, who plans to leave the job at the end of June.

An email message from The Associated Press seeking details from Godfrey wasn't immediately returned late Friday.

Rice is a political science professor and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers says the search firm "is reaching out pretty broadly."


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