The Bush School of Government and Public Service
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|The Bush School of Government and Public Service|
|Dean||Andrew Card (acting)|
|Location||College Station, Texas, United States
|Campus||Texas A&M University|
The Bush School of Government and Public Service is a graduate public affairs school at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. It is named for the 41st U.S. President, George H.W. Bush. The Bush School is part of the George Bush Presidential Library complex. The graduate school is home to two master's degree programs, the Master of Public Service and Administration (MPSA/MPA) and Master's Program in International Affairs (MPIA/MIA), and three online/residency graduate certificate programs.
The Bush School’s residential degrees provide a professional education for those seeking careers in the public sector or nonprofit sector or in the governmental-focused private sector. Students can focus studies through a number of tracks and concentrations. The MPSA offers five areas: nonprofit management; state government/local government; security policy/management; energy, environment and technology policy/management; and health policy/management. The MPIA has eight: American diplomacy, defense policy, homeland security, intelligence as statecraft, international politics, regional studies, international economic development, international economics, and transfer pricing. Both degrees integrate a professional summer internship, and those in the MPIA can substitute a cultural/language study. The MPIA also requires passage of a spoken foreign language exam for all native English speakers at an intermediate low level.
The Bush School's online graduate level certificate programs have been developed for those interested in public policy and service that cannot (for whatever reason) attend in-residence programs. In the Certificate in Advanced International Affairs (CAIA) students can focus in diplomacy, defense policy and military affairs, or intelligence. Coming Fall 2010, counterterrorism and regional studies. The Certificate in Homeland Security (CHLS) offers concentrations in strategy and policy for homeland security. CHLS credits are now transferable to National Graduate School Masters program. The Certificate in Nonprofit Management (CNPM) offers concentrations in fund raising and philanthropy, fiscal and performance management, leadership and management, health and human service policy, and international nongovernmental organizations.
The nonpartisan Bush School is relatively small, enrolling 50-60 students per degree for fall 2009, and admission is competitive. Currently, the Bush School is a top 40 selection by US News & World Report among public affairs schools and 23rd among just the public universities. In regards to funding, the Bush School’s endowment and fiscal commitment allow for generous scholarship for most students, including a $1,000 award to purchase a first-year laptop. In fact, all students receive some level of scholarship aid, from $1,000-15,000 or more a year, and out-of-state students qualify for resident rates.
The Bush School enjoys plentiful privileges and opportunities that come from being associated with a living former president, George H. W. Bush. Among these are prestigious professors, counsel from the former president, and frequent visits from past and present public service professionals. Past visitors include Ban Ki-moon, Mikhail Gorbachev, Ted Kennedy, Barack Obama, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Helmut Kohl, Peter Orszag, Mitt Romney, Mike Krzyzewski, Dick Cheney, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Karl Rove, Andrew Card, Dan Quayle, Antonin Scalia, Ryan Crocker, Michael Mullen, and Jiang Zemin. Furthermore, the School provides leadership and writing workshops that enhance students’ skills in effective public management. It also offers professional development opportunities that include conferences, internship or cultural study, study abroad, and student organizations in government, service, and cultural study that encourage active participation on a voluntary basis.
Dr. Robert M. Gates, former Director of Central Intelligence and future Secretary of Defense , was the school’s first dean from 1999-2001 before becoming president of Texas A&M University. Dick Chilcoat, Lt. General US Army Retired, served as dean for the next seven years, retiring in late 2008. Dr. Benton A. Cocanougher served as interim dean in 2009.
Former US Ambassador Ryan Crocker was installed as the new Dean in January 2010. However, Ambassador Crocker went on extended leave due to his appointment as United States Ambassador to Afghanistan; as of July 5, 2011, former White House Chief of Staff and United States Secretary of Transportation Andrew Card serves as the acting dean.
- The Bush School of Government and Public Service (2009). Ambassador Crocker Named Dean of TAMU’s Bush School. Retrieved December 7, 2009.
- "Andrew Card Named Acting Dean Of Bush School At Texas A&M".
- The Bush School of Government and Public Service official site
- The Bush School Facebook Page
- George Bush Presidential Library Foundation official site
- George Bush Presidential Library and Museum official site