I am Colonel Kevin M. Rice (USA, Ret) the son of long time RAM, Robert P. Rice and Jane Carol Rice. In June of 2003. I and my wife Kitty moved to San Luis Obispo after I retired from serving thirty years as an infantry officer in the Army. Kitty and I have twin sons, Ian and Rob, who both graduated from Cal Poly in 2002. We have four beautiful granddaughters. From March, 2004 to February, 2013 I served as the City Manager of Pismo Beach.
I was born in Henderson, Nevada. I graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point and was commissioned as an Infantry Officer. I served in the 15th, 21st, and 31st Infantry regiments and commanded the 1st Battalion 50th Infantry. I have been stationed overseas in Korea, China, Hong Kong, and Germany. Additionally, I was stationed for three years at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China and served as the Army Attaché. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree from West Point, a Master of Science from the National War College, and a Master of Arts from the Naval Postgraduate School. I speak Chinese and am a graduate of the British Ministry of Defense Chinese Language School and also the Defense Language Institute (DLI). I am a past Commandant/ President of DLI. I am an Army Ranger and have also graduated from Army Airborne (Paratroop), and Air Assault School.
I moved to San Luis Obispo with my wife Anne Hoskins full-time in November 2022. We have four adult children. Previously we lived in Oakland and San Francisco and spent many years in Washington D.C. where I led several national non-profit organizations. My interests are travel, reading, hiking, swimming, keyboard, pickleball and tennis. I am a Docent for the Elephant Seals, volunteer weekly for the CAPSLO food program at 40 Prado, lead neighborhood walking tours for San Francisco City Guides and am working to establish a community development entity in Oceano. I work half-time as a community development and non-profit consultant.
I grew up in Amarillo, Texas. I played on the golf team in high school and junior college and graduated from the University of Texas in 1966 with a BA in mathematics. In 1967, Lockheed recruited me to come work in Sunnyvale and I wasted no time hopping into my new red convertible and heading west to the promised land. I worked at Lockheed only a year and a half, but I still have the red convertible. In 1970, I went back to college to get a teaching credential and met my future wife, Janis. In 1971, I started my teaching career as a math teacher and wrestling coach at a small high school near Modesto. Two years later, Janis and I married. We celebrated our 50th anniversary this past May. In 1974, we were both hired by the U.S. Department of Defense Overseas Schools to teach high school in Stuttgart, Germany. During our stay in Germany, I taught all the standard high school history and math classes and competed for a local German wrestling team. We taught in Germany for six years before returning to California. Upon returning, we moved to Los Altos, and I enrolled at Palmer West Chiropractic College. I graduated in 1986. We lived in Visalia, Ca. for 30 years before moving to SLO in 2018. We have two children, both Cal Poly grads, and three grandchildren. We enjoy traveling in our camper van. I try to get in a little serious studying several times a week. I am particularly interested in cosmology and astrophysics.