Advisory Board

The Advisory Board provides advice to the directors on the goals, direction, and objectives of the Boniuk Institute. The Advisory Board also advises the Institute's leadership on external relations, including issues of marketing and communications, public affairs, and community affairs.

Charles Landgraf (Chair)

Charles Landgraf is a Partner in Arnold & Porter’s Washington office, where he co-chairs the Legislative/Public Policy practice. He has played a significant role in shaping parts of legislation such as the Dodd-Frank Act, the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, and the Oil Pollution Act and been recognized in numerous professional rankings, but is perhaps proudest of his pro bono legal work over the years for non-profits groups on civil liberties, women’s issues, religious liberty and tolerance, education, prisoners’ rights, and POW/MIA issues. Mr. Landgraf also serves on the Rice University Board of Trustees. He received a BA from Rice and a Juris Doctor degree from New York University.

E. William Barnett

E. William Barnett practiced law at Baker Botts L.L.P. for almost half a century where he specialized in commercial litigation and antitrust law and served as the Firm's Managing Partner for 14 years. Mr. Barnett has served as Chairman of the Section of Antitrust Law of the American Bar Association, and is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a former Chair of Rice University's Board of Trustees, and has served as Chair of the Advisory Board of the Baker Institute. Mr. Barnett has served on a number of corporate boards and was named Director of the Year (2005) by the National Association of Corporate Directors. He is a graduate of Rice University and the University of Texas Law School, and has received lifetime achievement awards from both Rice and UT Law School.

Dr. Milton Boniuk

Dr. Milton Boniuk together with his wife Laurie are the founding donors of the Boniuk Institute. Dr. Boniuk's interest in promoting religious acceptance was sparked at Baylor College of Medicine, where, as the Caroline F. Elles Chair of Opthalmology, he interacted with hundreds of medical students and residents of divergent backgrounds. His interest grew stronger after he was asked to serve on the board of Houston’s newly established Holocaust museum. Dr. and Mrs. Boniuk made a gift to Rice in 2004 to establish a center dedicated to promoting deeper understanding of religious tolerance in Houston. In 2013, they funded the expansion of the center so it could extend its efforts on a global level.

Jim Crownover

Jim Crownover spent 30 years with McKinsey & Company, Inc. where he primarily served energy company clients and held several leadership positions within the firm. Currently, Mr. Crownover serves on the board of directors of four NYSE companies. He is a former Chair of Houston’s United Way campaign, and is a two-time recipient of its Volunteer of the Year Award. He is a past member of the Stanford Graduate School of Business advisory board and a recipientof the John W. Gardner Volunteer Leadership Award. Mr. Crownover is currently a member of the M. D. Anderson Foundation Board of Directors. a former Chairman of Rice University's Board of Trustees and a Rice alumnus.

William J. Rouhana, Jr.

William J. Rouhana, Jr. is the Chairman and CEO of Chicken Soup for the Soul, a socially conscious publishing, media, and consumer products company that uses its famous brand to both entertain and inspire. He is also co-founder of the Humpty Dumpty Institute, a unique non-profit dedicated to tackling global and domestic issues through innovative public/private partnerships. He earned a BA at Colby College, where he is a trustee emeritus, and his JD at Georgetown University. During his time practicing law, Mr. Rouhana developed new film financing models that have become the industry standards. He has been a merchant banker, a film producer, and a telecommunications entrepreneur.

Hyder Kazimi

Hyder Kazimi is Senior Partner with McKinsey & Company where he is a core leader in the Energy Practice and leads the Global Energy Private Equity Practice. Hyder has extensive experience in the energy sector and has advised a broad range of corporate and private equity clients across the world. Prior to McKinsey, Hyder worked with Goldman Sachs in their natural resources investment banking division. Hyder holds a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard University and a Bachelors in Economics from Northwestern University where he graduated with Honors.

Malcolm Gillis (Previous Member)

Malcolm Gillis served as the sixth President of Rice University from 1993-2004 and served as a Zingler Professor of Economics and University Professor until his death in 2015. His research and teaching activities included two broad classes of national and international issues, fiscal reform and environmental policy. Gillis authored over ninety articles and co-authored or edited eight books. He served on many boards including the National Council for Science and the Environment, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital,and AECOM Technology Corporation. Notably, Gillis helped co-found the Boniuk Center for the Study of Religious Tolerance in 2004, which later became the Boniuk Institute in 2013.