Omar A. Syed, Vice President and General Counsel

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Omar A. Syed became Vice President and General Counsel in August 2022. In that role, he is responsible for Rice’s legal affairs and provides leadership for its institutional compliance and risk management programs. He also serves as Secretary to the Corporation.

Omar earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with special honors in public policy studies from the University of Chicago in 1996 and his law degree from the University of Minnesota in 1999. After law school, he served as an assistant attorney general for the State of Minnesota and an assistant U.S. attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice. Immediately before joining Rice in 2022, Omar served for 15 years in the legal office for the University of Texas System, most recently as its Associate Vice Chancellor and Deputy General Counsel. Omar is a first-generation American.


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