Donald B. Rice

TIMS President, 1975-76


Don Rice was the 22nd President of TIMS. He was also the 17th Secretary of the Air Force (1989-93) and President and CEO of the RAND Corporation (1972-89). He was President and COO of Teldyne (189 to 1993). Since 1993, he has been the President CEO, and chairman of the Board of directors of Agensys, a Santa Monica based biotechnology firm. He has served on numerous boards of directors including Johnson and Johnson (pharmaceuticals) and Wells Fargo bank.

After completing his PhD, Don Rice served on active duty from as a lieutenant and then captain of ordnance (1965-67). During that time, he was assistant professor of management and acting deputy director for academics at the Navy Management Systems Center in the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, California. In 1967, Rice became director of cost analysis in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in Washington, D.C. Two years later, he was appointed as deputy assistant secretary of defense for resource analysis where he was responsible for cost analysis, manpower and logistics requirements, and budget planning for defense programs. From 1970 to 1972, he served as assistant director in the Office of Management and Budget. In this position, he managed Federal Government budget activities for agriculture, atomic energy, commerce, energy, environment, natural resources, public works, science and technology, space, and transportation. 

While at RAND, Rice served as chairman of the National Commission on Supplies and Shortages and two terms on the National Science Board. He also directed a comprehensive study of the resources management process within the United States Department of Defense. As the Air Force Secretary, Rice reorganized the Air Force and reduced its budget.

Dr. Rice is a Fellow of INFORMS. He received the Wanner Award from the Military Operations Research Society (1999). Other awards include the Citation Award from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Air Force Association’s Symington Award, and the Jaycees’ Ten Outstanding Young Men recognition. He is a Ford Foundation doctoral fellow. Rice was also awarded Distinguished Civilian Service Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal from the Secretary of the Defense.

BA (Chemical Engineering), 1961, Notre Dame; MSIE, 1962, Purdue; PhD 1965, Purdue: PhD (hon.) (Engineering), 1975, Notre Dam.; PhD (hon.) 1985, Purdue; LLD (hon.), 1980, Pepperdine; PhD (hon.) (Humane Letters), 1983, West Coast University; PhD (hon.) (Public Policy), 1995, Pardee RAND Graduate School.