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Y. Ping Sun

University Representative
Rice University



Y. Ping Sun came to Rice University in 2004 with her husband David W. Leebron, Rice's seventh president. A native of Shanghai, China, Ping attended Beijing Languages University and was offered a full scholarship to Princeton University, where she graduated cum laude in 1985 from the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs. She received a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1988, where she served as an editor of the Journal of Transnational Law. Ping practiced law in the New York offices of White & Case LLP from 1988-1992 and Sidley Austin Brown & Wood, LLP from 1993-2004, where her practice focused on corporate and international transactions.

Ping serves Rice as a University Representative in numerous roles on campus and in the Houston community. She is of counsel at the firm of YetterColeman LLP. Ping is a trustee of the Texas Children's Hospital, a board member of the Asia Society (Houston chapter), Teach For America (Houston Regional Board), St. John’s School and United Way. Ping also serves on the Advisory Board of Asian Chamber of Commerce, Chinese Community Center and Julia Ideson Library Preservation Partners. Mayor Bill White has appointed Ping to his International and Development Council and China Task Force. Ping is also a member of the Governing Council at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and an Honorary Chair of the Baker Institute Roundtable at Rice University.

Ping and David have two children, Daniel (12) and Merissa (9).