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Action Items: The Bush Institute Blog

February 11, 2013 by James K. Glassman

On November 12, former President Bush announced the appointment of our first four Fellows.  I am excited not only because we are in business, but in our Education area of focus, we will have put in place one of the strongest teams in the whole field of educational reform.   Our new Fellows Jim Guthrie and Sandy Kress are perfect examples of the George W. Bush Institute’s credo: ideas into action. Sandy Kress, a lawyer with an interest in school reform, became the driving force behind one of the very first implementations of a school accountability system in America, right here in Dallas in 1996.  His dream became a reality for hundreds of thousands of Dallas schoolchildren – and was further realized in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002. And Jim Guthrie’s ideas have been driving change in schools, in law, and in educational theory for decades.  His meticulous research has pointed out to school leaders and politicians which ideas work – and which do not.  A good example is his important new article in Education Next, which we reprint on our web site. I look forward to telling you more about the work that Jim and Sandy will be doing at the Bush Institute after January 1, 2010.


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James K. Glassman
James K. Glassman

James K. Glassman is the Founding Executive Director of the George W. Bush Institute and the interim Director of the Military Service Initiative.

He served as undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs from June 2008 to January 2009, leading the government-wide international strategic communications effort. Among his accomplishments at the State Department was bringing new Internet technology to bear on outreach efforts, an approach he christened “Public Diplomacy 2.0.”

From June 2007 to June 2008, Glassman was chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). He directed all non-military, taxpayer-funded U.S. international broadcasting, including Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and Alhurra TV.  Glassman was a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., from 1996 to 2008, specializing in economics and technology.

He has been moderator of three weekly television programs: Ideas in Action and TechnoPolitics on PBS and Capital Gang Sunday on CNN.

Glassman has had a long career as a journalist and publisher. He served as president of Atlantic Monthly, publisher of the New Republic, executive vice president of U.S. News & World Report, and editor and co-owner of Roll Call, the Congressional newspaper. Between 1993 and 2004, he was a columnist for the Washington Post and the International Herald Tribune and continues to write regularly for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and Forbes. Shortly after graduating from college, he started Figaro, a weekly newspaper in New Orleans. His articles on finance, economics, and foreign policy have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and various other publications.

Glassman has written three books on investing, and in April 2012 was appointed to the Investor Advisory Committee of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He was formerly a member of the Policy Advisory Board of Intel Corporation and a senior advisor to AT&T Corporation and SAP America, Inc.

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