Bush School Students Volunteer, Participate in 25th Anniversary Celebration Events

May 07, 2014

Bush 25th Anniversary Celebration

Students at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University both assisted with the celebration and represented the School at the 25th anniversary of the inauguration of the president.  The event was held April 4-6 at the George Bush Presidential Library and the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center on the Texas A&M University campus.

The weekend included a series of discussion panels and events to celebrate and reflect upon key policy achievements of the presidency.  Topics included domestic policy; the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); budgeting; the Clean Air Act; geopolitics, diplomacy, and warfare; foreign policy; and the future of democracy.  Speakers included dignitaries and friends of President Bush, friends of the Foundation, and members of the community.

Brandon A. Pichanick, head of the Bush School Ambassadors Council, said that Bush School students helped in ushering, transportation, logistics, and escorting President Bush’s private guests around the event. They also had opportunities to interact with individuals who were involved in the Bush presidency.

“This weekend gave Bush School students a chance to witness the relationships and camaraderie that developed during the President’s life and career. It was a unique opportunity to see highlights of his life and public service, and to remember his productive presidency,” he added. 

Pichanick also cited another benefit of the celebration, as participants were able to see the caliber and competence of Bush School students and that they were following Bush’s example of leadership.

Peggy Dooley, former New York Bureau Chief for NewsCore and a former researcher in President Bush’s speechwriting office, echoed those sentiments in her online opinion article, “Kinder, Gentler, Always Classy: Revisiting George H.W. Bush’s Presidency 25 Years Later.”

Dooley wrote, “At every event over the Bush 25 weekend, there was a group of students from the Bush School of Government and Public Service answering questions, offering directions, and looking almost as natty as the president in their navy blue school blazers. They were smart and fun, of every creed, color, and political persuasion; and they were not shy about letting you know they planned to have an impact and leave the world a better place than they found it.”


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