AB, Mars Hill College, 1957. Bachelor of Science, Appalachian State University, 1960. Master of Arts, East Tennessee State University, 1964.
Doctor of Education, East Tennessee State University, 1974.
Teacher mathematics Madison County Schools, Marshall, North Carolina, 1958-1962, Buncombe County Schools, Weaverville, 1962-1966. Instructor mathematics Mars Hill College, 1966-1973. Supervisor Madison County Schools, 1974-1994, associate supervisor, 1994—1996.
Director Asheville Buncombe Technology College, Madison, 1996. Board member Western North Carolina Tomorrow, Asheville.
Executive Committee Democratic, Madison County, Marshall, North Carolina. Vice chairperson Madison County Planning Board, since 2005. Member Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (president western district North Carolina chapter 1987-1989), North Carolina Association School Administration (board directors 1985-1987), Phi Delta Kappa (president North Carolina chapter 1988-1989), Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Delta Kappa, Delta Kappa Gamma (past pres).
Married McClelland Rice, June 12, 1966. 1 child, Brandle McClelland.