In February, the Presidential Leadership Program Scholars had their second module of the six-month long program in College Station, Texas. Scholars learned the leadership style and legacy of President George H.W. Bush, with an emphasis on strategic partnerships. During the module, Scholars heard from:

  • Dr. Mike Hemphill, Director of Academic Programming at the Clinton Foundation
  • Fred McClure, Executive Director of Leadership Initiatives for the Office of the Provost at Texas A&M University and former Assistant for Legislative Affairs to the President
  • Jean Becker, former Chief of Staff, Office of President George H.W. Bush
  • Jimbo Fisher, Head Coach of Texas A&M University Football Team
  • Andy Card, Former White House Chief of Staff and Secretary of Transportation
  • Lex Frieden, Champion of the American with Disabilities Act
  • Nicole Bibbins Sedaca, Professor of the Practice of International Relations at Georgetown University and Bush Institute Fellow
  • Tom Frechette, Former Aide to President George H. W. Bush
  • David Bates, Former Aide to President George H. W. Bush
  • Tim McBride, Former Aide to President George H. W. Bush

Watching how he treated other people, how he listened, how he learned, how he communicated, and how he was respectful – that was the biggest lesson in strategic partnerships in my life.

Secretary Andy Card on President George H. W. Bush

Don’t get hung up on the significant decisions. Just decide and move. Don’t overthink it, do it. And then you can look back to see what you’ve achieved and move forward.

Lex Frieden, Champion of the Americans with Disabilities Act
Head Coach of Texas A&M Football answered questions from the Scholars on leadership and personal growth.

He always wanted to do the right thing for the country, and sort out the politics later.

David Bates, Former Aide to President George H. W. Bush
The 2020 Presidential Leadership Program Scholars at Kyle Field.

Here’s what people are saying about Module Two:

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