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Former President and CEO, International Rescue Committee; Senior Fellow, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, New York

Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Visitor - Class of Spring 2014

George Rupp was the president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, a position he held for twelve years from 2002 to 2013. He is now a senior fellow at Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.


Before joining the IRC, Rupp served as president of Columbia University and, prior, as president of Rice University. He was also John Lord O’Brian professor of divinity and dean of the Harvard Divinity School.
Rupp serves on the boards of the Committee for Economic Development, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Institute for International Education, the Henry Luce Foundation, and the Josiah Macy Foundation. He is also co-president of the US Global Leadership Coalition.


Born in New Jersey of immigrant parents, Rupp studied and conducted research for extended periods in Europe and Asia. He was awarded an AB from Princeton University in 1964, a BD from Yale Divinity School in 1967, and a PhD from Harvard in 1972. He is the author of numerous articles and five books, including Globalization Challenged: Conviction, Conflict, Community (2006).

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