It was a week packed full of celebration at the Bush School of Government and Public Service as students and faculty alike reflected on twenty years of public service and many more ahead.
The Bush School is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year and held a week-long celebration featuring multiple events. These various events helped teach students about the School’s history, giving them a peak into the past, as the School looks toward its next twenty years of educating and training future public servants. Various VIP guests also visited classes during the week, getting the chance to interact with faculty and students alike.
Last week’s celebration included multiple events featuring the founding director and former and current deans of the Bush School as well as events that featured the deans’ spouses. A panel of President George H. W. Bush’s grandchildren also took place, during which they shared stories from their childhoods and today about their grandparents and their legacy.
The highlight of the week was “The World Today,” a panel discussion with former deans of the Bush School. Founding director, Dr. Charles Hermann, and former deans A. Benton Cocanougher, Ryan Crocker, and Andrew Card spoke about their time at the Bush School and how the School has changed since they left. General Mark Welsh III, the current dean, moderated the panel, adding his perspective as well. They also spoke about what they hope to see the School accomplish in the next twenty years and beyond.
Another event this week highlighted the new book written by Hermann and Sally Dee Wade, Called to Serve, which documents the School’s history. The event, a conversation with the authors, gave them a chance to tell the story of the book as well as reflect on the history of the School.