News from the Bush School

Kicking off the 20th Anniversary with a Sweet Surprise

September 07, 2017

Bush School students pose with Dean Mark Welsh and Associate Dean Frank Ashley with their Bush School sunglasses on


The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University kicked off twenty years of educating students with a celebration featuring cupcakes, ice cream, and other special surprises for students, faculty, and staff on Thursday, August 31, 2017.

President Bush once said he hoped in 100 years the Bush School would look back and be able to say this school produced generations of dedicated public servants. Dean Mark Welsh is proud to be part of the accomplishments of the School and is looking forward to playing a role in its future success.

“The Bush School is now twenty years into the effort to make his dream reality,” Dean Welsh said. “Our faculty and staff still have a singular focus on producing principled public servants, and our graduates are twenty years into changing our world for the better. I know President Bush is proud of them all. I’m also sure he would remind us that our work will never truly be done, that our world needs leaders of character today more than ever, and that those of us who serve here are privileged to educate remarkable men and women who are committed to serve their fellow citizens. It just doesn’t get any better than being at the Bush School. And today, it comes with cupcakes!”

With its inaugural class walking through the doors in 1997, the Bush School is launching a year-long celebration to recognize the accomplishments of the last twenty years. Though the School is young, it is host to well-respected faculty and a student body that currently represents twenty-four foreign countries and thirty-nine states. After graduation, many Bush School students go on to have distinguished careers in the public and private sector. This year of celebration will remember past achievements as well as look toward new horizons and educating a new generation of public servants.

“It’s quite a special time to be at the Bush School as twenty years means students from around the globe have passed through these halls to carry on President Bush’s vision and legacy of selfless public service, and it also means that countless more students will continue to follow in their footsteps,” said second-year student David Hidinger, who will be part of the twentieth graduating class.