News from the Bush School

Call for Nominations—Dean of the George Bush School of Government and Public Service

February 19, 2009

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academics Jeffrey S. Vitter announced Friday, January 30, that the search advisory committee for the position of dean of the George Bush School of Government and Public Service has been named and will commence a search to fill this critical position.

Vitter says, I am looking forward to beginning the process to identify the new dean, who will build on the tremendous momentum established under the leadership of Dick Chilcoat.  In its short existence, the School has moved into the top 25 public institutions in public policy and public affairs, and it is well positioned to achieve global distinction in the coming years.

Interested members of the university community may either self-nominate or nominate potential candidates by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  Potential candidates/nominees must have a Ph.D., other terminal degree, or equivalent experience; attainment of national prominence in education, government, business, or military; and evidence of strategic planning, communication, and resource allocation skills to build a preeminent educational institution.  Nominations are not required, and direct applications are welcome.  Application packets should include: a letter of interest outlining qualifications for the position, a current vita/resume, and a list of three individuals (along with contact information) who could comment knowledgeably on the candidate’s qualifications. The committee will request reference letters upon completion of a preliminary screening of the applications.  Nominees will be contacted to request that they submit an application.

Mr. Don Powell, former chair of the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents and current chair of the Bush School Advisory Board, is chairing the national search for the next dean.  The search committee has broad membership and impeccable credentials, including faculty, staff, former students, and leaders from government and the private sector.  In addition to Mr. Powell, the committee members are

•    Mr. Robert H. Allen, member of the Bush School Advisory Board, former member of the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents, and current managing partner of Challenge Investment Partners;
•    Dr. Don Aviles, president of Aviles Engineering Corporation and former vice chair of the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents;
•    Dr. Ann O. Bowman, professor in the George Bush School of Government and Public Service and holder of the Hazel Davis and Robert Kennedy Chair in Government and Public Service;
•    Mr. George P. Bush, partner of Pennybacker Capital, LLC;
•    Dr. Joseph R. Cerami, senior lecturer in the George Bush School of Government and Public Service and director of the Public Service Leadership Program;
•    Dr. Eddie J. Davis, president of the Texas A&M Foundation;
•    Dr. James M. Griffin, professor in the George Bush School of Government and Public Service; director of the Economics of Public Policy Program; and holder of the Bob Bullock Chair in Public Policy and Finance;
•    Dr. Charles F. Hermann, professor in the George Bush School of Government and Public Service and of political science; director of the Master’s Program in International Affairs; and holder of the Brent Scowcroft Chair in International Policy;
•    Ms. Alexis Herman, president and CEO of New Ventures and former U.S. Secretary of Labor in the administration of President Bill Clinton;
•    Dr. Peter J. Hugill, professor of geography and in the George Bush School of Government and Public Service ;
•    Ms. Katie Kaufman, former student in the George Bush School of Government and Public Service;
•    Dr. Christopher Layne, professor in the George Bush School of Government and Public Service and holder of the Mary Julia and George R. Jordan Professorship of International Affairs;
•    Mr. Frank Muller, chair of the Bush Leadership Development Council and president of Toby Enterprises;
•    Dr. Jeryl Mumpower, professor in the George Bush School of Government and Public Service and director of the Master in Public Service and Administration Program;
•    Mr. James M. Olson, senior lecturer in the George Bush School of Government and Public Service; CIA-Officer-in-Residence; and director of the Certificate in Advanced International Affairs Program;
•    Ms. Susan L. Robertson, director of communications and external relations in the George Bush School of Government and Public Service;
•    Dr. Lori Taylor, assistant professor in the George Bush School of Government and Public Service;
•    Dr. Arnold Vedlitz, professor in the George Bush School of Government and Public Service; holder of the Bob Bullock Chair in Government and Public Policy; and director of the Institute for Science, Technology, and Public Policy.

Letters of nomination or applications should be submitted to:

      Mr. Don Powell, Chair
      Search Advisory Committee for
      Dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service
      c/o 4251 TAMU, 253 Bizzell Hall West
      College Station, TX 77843-4251
      Email:  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The committee will begin reviewing applications on March 15, 2009.  The position will remain open until filled.
Additional information regarding this search is available at http://bush.tamu.edu/deansearch.