S. Malcolm Gillis

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Stephen Malcolm Gillis
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President of Rice University
In office
Preceded by George Erik Rupp
Succeeded by David Leebron
Personal details
Born (1940-12-28)December 28, 1940
Dothan, Alabama
Died October 4, 2015(2015-10-04) (aged 74)
Spouse(s) Elizabeth
Alma mater University of Florida

Stephen Malcolm Gillis (December 28, 1940 – October 4, 2015) was an American academic. He served as the sixth president of Rice University in Houston, Texas, from 1993 until 2004. He was University Professor and Ervin Kenneth Zingler Professor of Economics at Rice.[1]



Gillis received a Bachelor of Arts in 1962 and a Master of Arts in 1963 from the University of Florida, and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Illinois in 1968.[2] While he was a student at Florida, he became a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.[3]


Prior to serving as Rice University president, Gillis was Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Duke University (1991–1993) and Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at Duke (1986–1991).[4]

He was one of four Co-Chairmen of Pyongyang University of Science and Technology.[5] He sat on the Board of Directors of CRDF Global and Halliburton.[2][6]

Gillis died of cancer on October 4, 2015.[7]


  1. ^ Gillis's web page at rice.edu
  2. ^ a b NNDB Profile
  3. ^ The Seminole. Gainesville, FL: University of Florida. 1962. p. 280. 
  4. ^ Gillis's web page at rice.edu
  5. ^ "co-chairman welcome". Pyongyang University of Science and Technology. 2008. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Halliburton Board of Directors
  7. ^ "In memoriam: President Emeritus Malcolm Gillis" at rice.edu

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Academic offices
Preceded by
George Erik Rupp
President of Rice University
Succeeded by
David Leebron