The Rice University Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) manages the University’s Ethics and Compliance Program, chairs the University Compliance Committee, and serves as the University Policy Manager. The CCO reports to the VP of Finance, with a dotted line to the Audit Committee of the Board of Trustees, and provides regular reports to the President and the Audit Committee as to the status of the Ethics and Compliance Program.
The primary responsibility of the CCO, in conjunction with the Compliance Committee, is to help assure the trustees and senior management that:
- All necessary compliance activities have been identified and appropriately assigned;
- Necessary policies and procedures are in place;
- By supporting training, partners are maintaining appropriate levels of awareness and expertise;
- Compliance responsibilities are being monitored and actions are taken to strengthen compliance and mitigate risk as necessary; and that
- A culture of compliance and ethical behavior is being fostered and supported across campus.
By working across departments and in close collaboration with compliance partners in all areas, the CCO supports a culture that leverages best practices and provides assurances that the University is meeting our commitments.
Kenneth J. Liddle was hired as Rice University’s first Director of Compliance on February 2, 2015, and promoted to Chief Compliance Officer on July 1, 2017. Prior to joining Rice, Ken was a compliance officer for MIT Lincoln Laboratory, a law clerk on ethics and fraud with the US Air Force, and a financial analyst with the William J. Clinton Foundation.
Ken received his law degree from Suffolk University, his MBA from University of Texas at San Antonio, and his BS in Business-Accountancy from Trinity University (TX). He is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP), a Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM), and a licensed attorney.