On March 24-25, the Bush School of Government & Public Service hosted its Alumni Reunion Weekend to celebrate the 25th Anniversary. The event included remarks from Dean Mark A. Welsh III, former faculty, and alumni as they reflected on their experiences and growth over the past 25 years of the Bush School.
On Friday afternoon, Dean Welsh spoke to the crowd in Hagler Auditorium at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center, mentioning how proud he was of the Bush School alumni. In his address, he highlighted the changes at the school throughout the years and spoke about the future of the School, highlighting many opportunities with the Political Science Department and undergraduate programs joining the Bush School.
“With more Bush Students, we have even greater opportunities to help shape students who believe, like President George H.W. Bush, that public service is a noble calling,” Dean Welsh said.
The attendees from the Class of 1999 were recognized as the first graduating class as well as faculty and staff who have worked for the Bush School for 20 or more years. Dr. Chuck Hermann, first Director of the Bush School, shared President Bush’s vision for the School and his love for Aggieland. His message was inspiring and reminded us of 41’s values and the importance of public service in our lives.
Later Friday evening, an Alumni panel led by Executive Associate Dean Frank Ashley, featured alumni Neely Nelson (MPSA ‘99), Tiana Sanford (POLS ‘04), Ryan Wismer (INTA ‘09), Sarah Jackson (MPSA ‘11), and Matthew Faucett (INTA ‘18). The former students shared their experiences in the program and the ways they have continued to benefit from their time at the Bush School.
On Saturday, friends of the Bush School gathered on the Presidential Grounds to enjoy beautiful weather, great company, and some fun activities. Attendees were able to fish in the Presidential Pond, have Yell Practice with the Texas A&M Yell Leaders, and eat delicious Texas barbecue. The Bush School Ambassadors also hosted a Horseshoe Tournament, a nod to President Bush’s love of the game.
“The Alumni Reunion was a successful weekend of connecting current and former students, faculty, and staff,” Joy Monroe, Assistant Dean for Development, Alumni Relations and Strategic Initiatives said. “It was wonderful to celebrate the past 25 years of the school and look to the future with hope for all that is to come.”
Article by Paige Grande