Quarter Two 2023 Bush Institute Briefing

The Bush Institute is focused on ensuring opportunity for all, strengthening democracy, and advancing free societies.

A note from David J. Kramer

There’s much to be proud of at the George W. Bush Institute as the summer winds down and we gear up for the fall after a very busy first half of the year.

In April, we hosted our sixth annual Forum on Leadership, which featured Glenn Youngkin, 74th Governor of Virginia, in a keynote conversation about governing in a polarized world with Ken Hersh, President and CEO of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. The event also explored the topics of empowering the next generation and the future of American capitalism.

A few days later, President George W. Bush surprised a group of SMU student veterans in the Oval Office replica during their tour of the George W. Bush Presidential Museum. The surprise marked the 10-year anniversary of the Bush Center opening its doors.

Three hundred schools across the country were awarded grants in May from the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries. The funds totaling $1.5 million will be used to update and diversify book and print collections.

As part of the 2023 Lindsay Lloyd North Korea Freedom Scholarship, the Bush Institute awarded a total of $70,000 to 15 North Korean escapees pursuing higher education in the United States. We look forward to seeing these aspiring leaders make an impact in a variety of fields ranging from science and sociology to education, political science, and more.

I’m pleased to share that retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Jason Galui recently joined the Bush Institute as the Director for Veterans and Military Families. Jason served in the military for more than 20 years, on the National Security Council staff during two presidential administrations; he remains a Professor of Practice in Executive Education at SMU’s Edwin L. Cox School of Business.

Thank you once again for your support of our work ensuring opportunity for all, strengthening our democracy, and advancing free societies.

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