Rice was born in Birmingham, Alabama, the only child of Angelena (née Ray) Rice, a high school science, music, and oratory teacher, and John Wesley Rice, Jr., a high school guidance counselor, Presbyterian minister, Her name, Condoleezza, derives from the music-related term con dolcezza, which in Italian means, "with sweetness".Rice has roots in the American South going back to the pre-Civil War era, and some of her ancestors worked as sharecroppers for a time after emancipation.A., cum laude, in political science by the University of Denver.While at the University of Denver she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega, Gamma Delta chapter.; born November 14, 1954) is an American political scientist and diplomat.
In 1974, at age 19, Rice was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society, and was awarded a B.Rice was President Bush's National Security Advisor during his first term, making her the first woman to serve in that position.Rice was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and grew up while the South was racially segregated.She obtained her bachelor's degree from the University of Denver and her master's degree in political science from the University of Notre Dame.
In 1981 she received a Ph D from the School of International Studies at the University of Denver.
She worked at the State Department under the Carter administration and pursued an academic fellowship at Stanford University, where she later served as provost from 1993 to 1999.