Mosbacher Institute

December 10, 2009

A new research component – the Robert A. Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics and Public Policy – has been created within the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University to boost the university’s role in domestic economic policy and international trade issues.

Establishment of the institute was approved Friday, October 1, 2009 by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents upon the recommendation of Texas A&M Interim President R. Bowen Loftin and the leadership of the Bush School.

Mosbacher and President BushThe institute is named in honor of Robert A. Mosbacher of Houston, a successful businessman who was U.S. Secretary of Commerce from 1989 to 1992 under then-President George H.W. Bush. In that position, Mosbacher was the principal Cabinet official responsible for initiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which created the largest unified market in the world.

Former President Bush has enthusiastically endorsed the creation of such an institution named for Mosbacher “to honor his long years of public service in the fields of business and government affairs,” officials said.

“The institute will enhance the ability of the Bush School to collaborate on domestic economic policy and international trade issues with nationally recognized scholars and experts,” Loftin stated.

“Further, the Institute will enable faculty, students and visiting fellows to contribute significantly to the exploration of crucial contemporary issues in trade and economic policy,” Loftin added.

The nationally recognized reputation of the Bush School for launching successful careers in public management, public policy analysis and international trade will be enhanced by a speaker series, student internships and conferences sponsored by the Mosbacher Institute.

James M. Griffin, who holds the Bob Bullock Chair in Public Policy and Finance at the Bush School, was named as the first director of the Institute. His book, “A Smart Energy Policy: An Economist’s Rx for Balancing Cheap, Clean, and Secure Energy,” was recently published by Yale University Press.

“The activities of the Mosbacher Institute will be phased in over time,” noted Jeryl L. Mumpower, director of the Master’s in Public Service and Administration Program and the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Chair at the Bush School. The Bush Foundation and the Bush School will initially support a Mosbacher Speaker Series, which will bring individuals from business, government and academia to campus to speak on issues involving trade, economics and public policy.

“We hope to expand that speaker series, to establish the Mosbacher International Summer Internships on trade policy for Bush School graduate students, to launch an annual Mosbacher Annual Economics Conference Series and to create a Mosbacher White Paper series,” Mumpower stated.

The institute will consolidate and expand existing programs and enhance the status of both the Master’s of Public Service and Administration Program and the Master’s Program in International Affairs in the Bush School.

“It will create unprecedented opportunities for faculty, students and visitors to engage in crucial contemporary issues in trade and economic policy,” Mumpower added.

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