Here's an in-depth look at the life of Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. Secretary of State
Personal: Birth date: November 14, 1954
Birth place: Birmingham, Alabama
Birth name: Condoleezza Rice
Parents: John Wesley Rice Jr., minister and dean
Mother: Angelena (Ray) Rice, a high school teacher
Education: University of Denver, Ph.D., 1981; University of Notre Dame, Master's degree, 1975; University of Denver, B. A., 1974, (Phi Beta Kappa)
Other Facts: Name is from the Italian "con dolcezza" meaning "with sweetness."
She enrolled in the University of Denver at the age of 15, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. at the age of 19.
At the University of Denver, she studied under Josef Korbel, the father of Madeleine Albright.
Has served on the boards of Chevron, Charles Schwab, the University of Notre Dame, and the Rand Corporation, among others.
She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
As a professor at Stanford, she won the 1984 Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 1993 School of Humanities and Sciences Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching.
Timeline: 1981 - Appointed to the faculty of Stanford University as a professor of political science.
1986 - Serves as Special Assistant to the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, while also an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations.
1989 - Appointed Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.
March 1991 - Resigns as Senior Director of Soviet and East European Affairs in the National Security Council, and as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.
1993 - Appointed Provost of Stanford University, the first woman and the first African-American to become Provost of Stanford. She was also the youngest person ever appointed Provost.
June 1999 - Resigns as Provost of Stanford University, but remains a faculty member.
December 17, 2000-2005 - National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush. She is the first woman to hold this post.
October 5, 2003 - The White Houses announces the formation of the Iraqi Stabilization Group, headed by Condoleezza Rice. The group will consist of four coordinating committees: counter-terrorism, economic development, political affairs, and media relations. The committees will be headed by four of Rice's deputies and will include representatives from the CIA and the under secretaries from the State, Defense and Treasury Departments.
April 8, 2004 - Rice testifies in public, under oath before the 9-11 Commission after weeks of requests for her to do so. She has previously met with the Commission in private.
November 16, 2004 - President Bush announces his nomination of Condoleezza Rice as Secretary of State. She will be the first African-American woman to hold that post if she is confirmed.
November 20, 2004 - Rice is released from Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C., after undergoing a uterine fibroid embolization the day before.
2004-2007 - Time Magazine names Rice as one of the World's Most Influential People.