Having served on the Advisory Board of the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies since 2006 and as its chair since 2008, Ed Segner speaks excitedly about the new building, the D. Kent and Linda C. Anderson and Robert L. and Jean T. Clarke Center. Since its completion in February 2014, the Anderson-Clarke Center is now home to more than 50 staff and 24 state-of-the-art classrooms that allows a greater number of classes than is possible in the current facility.
“It certainly isn’t hard to find, and many more students are now able to park fairly close to their class,” Segner said. “In essence, I think it will be the gateway to Rice for the vast majority of the Houston community.”
Indeed, he is confident that the new Anderson-Clarke Center, which opened in early 2014, will serve as a beacon to those in the community who have not experienced the Glasscock School. “My hope is that lots of people who wouldn’t normally come to the Rice University campus would be attracted to our programs. I want them to see Rice and the Glasscock School as integral to the fabric of Houston.”
He not only supports the school with his Advisory Board duties – he and his wife, Kathy, named one of the classrooms on the first floor of the new building.
Segner’s involvement with Rice is far reaching. He graduated from Rice in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and went on to receive a master’s degree in economics from the University of Houston. While pursuing his corporate career, Segner taught part time in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice off and on beginning in 1983. He left full-time corporate employment after serving as president and chief of staff of EOG Resources, Inc., one of the leading independent oil and gas exploration and production companies, and began teaching full time in 2007 as a Professor in the Practice. In 2012, Segner was named Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor of the Year by the Rice chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Chi Epsilon. He also has served on other education-related boards and committees at Rice.
“In some ways I guess it is a family business. My dad was a professor,” he said of his penchant for education. “And I enjoy the interaction with students.”
While Segner said he is always enthusiastic about the educational opportunities that the Glasscock School provides, he is very happy with the “renewed emphasis” on K-12 offerings. He serves as chair of the recently formed Education Advisory Committee, which supports the Center for College Readiness, School Literacy and Culture and the Master of Arts in Teaching. “I think these programs are a great service to Rice, to Houston and to the greater community.”
The Glasscock School, Rice University and the community all benefit from Ed Segner’s long-time service and support.
Photo caption: From left, Chair Ed Segner, Hank Hudspeth, Dr. John Boles and Dr. Melissa Kean.