An aide to former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says she was approached by a firm helping Penn State look for a new president, but she wasn't interested.
Rice's chief of staff Georgia Godfrey confirmed the overture.
Godfrey said Rice's office declined on her behalf because she plans to remain at Stanford University.
Penn State is looking for someone to succeed Rodney Erickson, who plans to leave the job at the end of June.
Rice is a political science professor and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution.
Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers says the search firm "is reaching out pretty broadly."