Harvey M. Rice assumed the presidency of Buffalo State Teachers College on December 1, 1951.
In his inaugural address at Buffalo State, Dr. Rice emphasized the importance of teacher-education institutions and leadership. With Rice's guidance, the college doubled its enrollment to approximately 4,000 students.
Under President Rice, faculty and students served together on policy-making bodies, a change from the manner in which the college functioned under President Rockwell.
Other notable changes during his tenure was the creation of two new divisions, that of General Education and Arts and Sciences and the adoption of a core curriculum for all students.
In 1958, Ricewas named president of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.