Called to Serve: The Bush School of Government and Public Service

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5
A Change of Command

Dean Chilcoat Begins

Richard A. Chilcoat (retired lieutenant general, US Army), a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point, became dean of the Bush School in July 2001. Chilcoat held staff and command positions and leadership in military education while in the army, including combat experience (Vietnam). He served as commandant of the US Army War College and subsequently as president of the National Defense University. Between those two assignments, Chilcoat acted as executive assistant to General Colin Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Chilcoat’s appointment as dean furthered several existing relationships for the Bush School. He continued the link with the US Army that began in the school’s first years when the retiring army chief of staff had raised the possibility of a special connection to the Bush School. Further, Chilcoat became the first Bush School dean to hold the Edward and Howard Kruse Endowed Chair. Creation of that endowed chair extended the significant relationship between the school and the Aggie founders and owners of Blue Bell Creameries. No one need ever doubt the featured dessert at Bush School dinners.1

His leadership at the Bush School received a jump-start when, before classes began, Chilcoat traveled to the state capital in Austin to present the school’s proposal for a second master’s degree to the

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Foreword vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • 1 - The President Needs a Library 1
  • 2 - A New School on the Horizon 17
  • 3 - Trial and Error 32
  • 4 - Begin Again 52
  • 5 - A Change of Command 63
  • 6 - Gaining Momentum and Recognition 75
  • 7 - A Robust School in a New Decade 90
  • 8 - Continuing Education 115
  • 9 - What Are the Graduates Doing? 124
  • Postscript 171
  • Notes 179
  • Index 187
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