Former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush Condoleezza Rice made remarks and participated in a Q&A with President Steve Scott last fall to an audience of more than 1,000. 

Rice had a front seat at historical events such as the Berlin Wall coming down, Germany reunifying, and Sept. 11, 2001. She also gave the audience glimpses into her life as a child growing up in Civil Rights-era Birmingham, Alabama, then as an adult being sworn in as the first female black Secretary of State by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  

Her message was one of optimism that the nation can heal divides and move past troubling political times. She praised PSU students with whom she met in a private panel, describing them as “extremely well prepared, and they wanted to know how to make a difference.”