Portrait of Jennifer King Rice

Jennifer King Rice

Senior Vice President and Provost


Jennifer King Rice began her appointment in July 2021 after serving as dean of the College of Education, where she focused on advancing excellence, equity and social justice in preschool through graduate school. Rice has served at UMD for more than 25 years, and is a Distinguished Scholar-Teacher.

An expert on school finance and teacher policy, she was a researcher at Mathematica Policy Research in Washington, D.C., before coming to UMD. She has been a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation postdoctoral fellow, a visiting fellow at the Urban Institute and president of the Association for Education Finance and Policy.

She completed her B.S. in mathematics and English at Marquette University and earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in educational administration and social foundations from Cornell University.