Powerful avenues of dialogue and discovery are opened as we all reflect what is best about America. At the George W. Bush Presidential Center, this is our core belief. We are dedicated to bringing people, ideas, and initiatives together to produce global impact.
Our resources and facilities encourage people to gather and take action. Our unique, nonpartisan events and programs unite people across the aisle to solve universal challenges. And our experience verifies that real change comes about through collaboration. Working in concert, we can truly shape a better future.Together.
Inspired by the vision and values of President and Mrs. Bush, we execute our mission through our three Impact Centers: Domestic Excellence, Global Leadership, and our Engagement Agenda. The first two comprise the important work of the Bush Institute, while the third encompasses the entirety of our great institution.
A great nation should have strong economic growth, outstanding education, support and honor for its veterans, and robust development of future leaders. I am proud of the depth of our work, which last year included free trade and immigration, school leadership and accountability, and helping our post-9/11 veterans and their families make a successful transition to civilian life, including addressing the issues of employment and invisible wounds.
The United States should not wither from its responsibility of being the global leader. Not only does our leadership abroad improve the lives of millions of people worldwide, but it is also in our strategic and security interests here at home. In that spirit, we have been active in the fight against cervical and breast cancer in Africa, a voice for the oppressed in North Korea, and a force for the empowerment of women in emerging economies.
A key component of our mission is to engage communities in the U.S. and around the world. In 2016 we hosted more than 200,000 visitors at our wonderful Library and Museum and Native Texas Park. We continued to welcome sold-out audiences at topical and entertaining Engage events, and our expert staff was highly visible, speaking at notable events across the country. Finally, we launched a collection of timely and insightful Bush Center digital publications, including The Catalyst, the Bush Center Briefing, and the weekly Five for Friday.
In addition to these major highlights, I have traveled the country over the last 12 months, meeting supporters of President and Mrs. Bush, our many financial and program sponsors, and the wonderful Bush-Cheney Alumni. The reception has been amazing.
Finally, a note of thanks. The team here is second to none. Since I arrived, we have engaged in a long-range strategic planning and budgeting process, revamped our communications strategy, and designed a capital campaign, all while executing on the best programming around. The Bush Center team exemplifies what it means to work for a service organization committed to the greater good.
For that, I am thankful. I am grateful for the support of Holly Kuzmich, our Executive Director of the Bush Institute. She has been an incredible partner this past year, and her dedication to our mission is a key element of our continued success. We continue to benefit from a wonderful partnership with SMU.
It has been an honor to take on this role and build upon the work of my predecessors. President Bush's principled leadership is a guide for us as we strive to honor the example he has set.
I look forward to further establishing the Bush Center as a global thought leader as we engage the world to develop leaders, advance policy, and take action to address today's most pressing challenges.
Thank you so much for your continued support and engagement.
All the best,
After more than a hundred surgeries, DT didn’t just recover—he reenlisted, becoming the first Air Force technician to do so after a 100 percent medical discharge. He also found success and acclaim as the first world-class parathlete in the Air Force and the top American athlete in his class in three sports at the Invictus Games, an international adaptive sporting event founded by Prince Harry for wounded service members and veterans.
During the 2016 Invictus Games, the Bush Institute hosted the first Invictus Games Symposium on Invisible Wounds. Attended by more than 200 veterans, thought leaders, and influencers, the event served to kick off the Bush Institute’s focus on the invisible wounds of war, such as post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury, and saw the release of original survey results regarding the relationship between returning warriors and the public in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom. Attendees witnessed a discussion between President Bush, Prince Harry, and DT about the role of sports in recovery, and medical and policy experts followed with talks about the challenges of rehabilitation and reintegration for wounded service members.
Young Leaders in the Liberty and Leadership Forum recognized growth in their leadership ability over the course of the program.
Two young leaders ran for Parliament in Burma, one of whom was elected.
All three cohorts have indicated an increase in the diversity of their networks since participating in the program.
Since opening its doors in 2013, the Bush Center has focused on initiatives that perpetuate the core vision and values of President and Mrs. Bush.
While successfully managing its expenses, the Bush Center continues to receive tremendous support from individual, corporate, and foundation donors and entered 2017 in a healthy financial condition.