COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The Texas A&M Foundation hosted more than 600 of its top donors to campus Thursday morning for its second annual Exploration Day, a fully-immersive event showcasing high-impact research and academic initiatives by Texas A&M University students and faculty.
The event was held on March 5 in the Hall of Champions on Texas A&M’s campus. Attendees were treated to four experiences from different disciplines, each showcasing the wide variety of programs and research initiatives that benefit from their contributions. The Bush School of Government and Public Service was one of four colleges highlighted at the event.
“I don’t think many of our donors were aware before today that the Bush School is building an outstanding intelligence studies program.”– Professor James Olson
Attendees enjoyed a presentation from the Bush School exhibiting its intelligence studies program, which has placed approximately 300 graduates in intelligence careers. Guest speakers from the Bush School stressed the public need for dedicated young Americans to pursue intelligence careers in the interest of national security. Presenters also emphasized the school’s evolving intelligence initiatives in the aftermath of 9/11 and the impact that educators with real-world experience have on students within the program.
Professor James Olson, who was formerly Chief of Counterintelligence at the Central Intelligence Agency, participated in the presentation. “I don’t think many of our donors were aware before today that the Bush School is building an outstanding intelligence studies program,” Olson said. “I’m proud that the Bush School is doing its part in preparing Aggies for exciting and important careers in keeping our country safer.”