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

By Charles F. Hermann; Sally Dee Wade | Go to book overview

7
A Robust School in
a New Decade

Public Service Creates a
Revolving Door for Bush Dean

Having retired from the Foreign Service, Ryan Crocker began serving as the dean of the Bush School at the outset of the spring semester of 2010. Upon arrival, he discovered the university had mandated that the school prepare a formal strategic plan—a periodic requirement of all units in the university. Sam Kirkpatrick led a strategic planning committee. The committee met with various constituent groups seeking to identify goals, priorities, and means of achievement. Crocker attended nearly every session as a way to immerse himself in the school.1 As Crocker became acquainted with the current condition of the Bush School and its future aspirations, he realized the school faced a financial challenge

Over the years, a group of dedicated donors had been remarkably generous to the Bush School, but an organized capital campaign had stalled. One constraint resulted from the eight years marking the presidency of George W. Bush. His father and his associates wished to exercise great caution that requests for school support would not be interpreted as having any kind of connection to the current po-

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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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