George W. Bush Presidential Center

Presidential Leadership Scholars

Developing a generation of leaders focused on solving society’s most challenging issues.

Presidential Leadership Scholars

We’re bringing together leaders from across the nonprofit, military, public, and private sector fields to  produce bold and principled leaders who are committed to solving our greatest challenges, both domestically and across the world.

Throughout its history, the United States has been a vibrant Nation with talented leaders confronting its toughest problems. Today, we need a new generation of champions who come together to make significant contributions in the communities where they live, work, and volunteer. 

The future will be owned by leaders who, despite their differences, are willing to engage in the difficult job of finding real solutions.

The Presidential Leadership Scholars program draws on the strengths and resources of the George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Lyndon B. Johnson presidential centers. Diverse midcareer professionals hone their leadership abilities through interactions with former presidents, key administration officials, leading academics, and business leaders.

Learn more about application details and the program at the Presidential Leadership Scholars website


First-of-its-kind program, in partnership with other presidential centers, teaches leadership through the lens of presidential experiences.

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A diverse group of rising leaders form lifelong connections that would not have been made otherwise and engage in an active alumni network.


Meet the Scholars


Scholars attribute their significant personal leadership growth to the program, as well as inspiration and progress on their personal leadership projects.

Our Impact

Presidential Leadership Scholars Team

Read Kelley Jiou's biography.
Kelley Jiou

Director, Leadership and Programming George W. Bush Institute

Read Lindsay Davis's biography.
Lindsay Davis

Deputy Director, Leadership and Programming (Alumni) George W. Bush Institute

Read Casey Rodriguez's biography.
Casey Rodriguez

Program Manager, Leadership Programs George W. Bush Institute

Read Keith Hennessey's biography.
Keith Hennessey

David Rubenstein Fellow George W. Bush Institute

Joshua Bolten

President and Chief Executive Officer, The Business Roundtable

Sylvia M. Burwell

President, American University

James W. Cicconi

Former Senior Executive Vice President, AT&T

Carlos M. Gutierrez

Executive Chairman and CoFounder, EmPath

Alexis M. Herman

Chair and Chief Executive Officer, New Ventures LLC

Kenneth A. Hersh, Ex-Officio

President and Chief Executive Officer, George W. Bush Presidential Center

Holly Kuzmich

Former Executive Director, Bush Institute

Tom Johnson

Chairman Emeritus, LBJ Foundation Board of Trustees

Bruce Lindsey, Ex-Officio

Counselor to the Chair, Clinton Foundation

Thomas "Mack" F. McLarty III

Chairman, McLarty Associates

Constance Berry Newman

Special Counsel, African Affairs, The Carmen Group; Advisor, U.S. African Development Foundation on Somalia

Lyndon L. Olson, Jr.

Vice Chairman, LBJ Foundation Board of Trustees

Fred McClure

Associate Vice President, Leadership & Engagement, Texas A&M University

Margaret Spellings

President and Chief Executive Officer, 2036

Larry Temple

Chairman, LBJ Foundation Board of Trustees