Bush School Dean Mark Welsh has announced the appointment of Jay B. Silveria as the Executive Director of the recently established Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University, teaching site in Washington, DC.
Silveria is the former Superintendent (President) of the United States Air Force Academy. He graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1985 and later earned master of arts degrees from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and from the National Defense University. He was also a Senior Executive Fellow at Harvard University and later returned to complete The Harvard Seminar for New Presidents. Silveria had a distinguished thirty-five-year career in the USAF, serving in leadership positions in Europe, the Middle East, and the United States and retiring as a Lieutenant General.
Silveria will head the University’s new teaching site in Washington, DC, located within a few blocks of the White House. The first class will commence in January 2021 and pursue a graduate degree in international policy from the Bush School.
“Jay has broad experience in education as well as a long track record of spectacular leadership in both military and civilian organizations,” said Dean Welsh. “His focus areas at the Air Force Academy over the last three years make it clear that he is completely aligned with the values of the Bush School and Texas A&M University. Jay’s experience in the international arena and track record of developing partnerships with businesses and the community will be particularly important for the new Bush School’s future operations in our nation’s capital. We are incredibly lucky to have him,” Welsh added.
“I’m honored to join the distinguished faculty and staff at the Bush School, and I share their commitment to the vision of its namesake, the late President George H. W. Bush,” said Silveria. “It’s particularly appropriate that the School will now have a presence in our nation’s capital. I am sure many Aggies and other current and aspiring public servants already working in Washington will choose to further their education and career here,” he added.