How to become e pluribus unum 

June 1, 2023

By Michael Cooper  We call ourselves the United States of America, but we’re anything but united these days.   The divisions aren’t about the issues. Instead, we’re sorting ourselves by culture, education level, negative partisanship, and the choice to associate only with those whom we agree with. That’s not healthy for our democracy or sustainable.  But we […]


In the News: Bowser nominates Philadelphia school official to be D.C.’s superintendent of education

June 7, 2021

Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser recently announced that Class of 2018’s Christina Grant will serve as the District’s state superintendent of education. Read more via the Washington Post:


In the News: Harvard Kennedy School announces 2021 Alumni Award winners

May 25, 2021 | Jay Bhatt (‘16)

Scholar Jay Bhatt was recently honored as one of the Harvard Kennedy School’s 2021 Alumni Award winners. Read more here:


Applications Open for Eighth Class of Presidential Leadership Scholars

May 13, 2021

A one-of-a-kind opportunity to join a network of leaders making a difference in the world, and learn from the presidential experiences of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson Applications are now open  to join the Presidential Leadership Scholars (PLS) program — a one-of-a-kind partnership among the presidential centers of George W. Bush, William […]


Presidential Leadership Scholars Featured in Out of Many, One: Portraits of America’s Immigrants

April 20, 2021 | Mark Haidar (‘19), | Sumera Haque (‘19), | Alfia Ilicheva (‘19), | Dilafruz Khonikboyeva (‘19), | Roya Mahboob (‘19), | Thear Suzuki (‘19), | Tina Tran (‘18), | Ezinne Uzo-Okoro (‘18) and | Mariam Memarsadeghi (‘17)

President George W. Bush’s new book, Out of Many, One: Portraits of America’s Immigrants, features 43 four-color oil portraits of individuals who exemplify our proud history as a nation of immigrants. Nine of those portraits are of the following Presidential Leadership Scholars: Mark Haidar, Class of 2019 Sumera Haque, Class of 2019 Alfia Ilicheva, Class […]


#ThisIsOurShot – Behind the Scenes on the Strategerist Podcast

March 30, 2021 | Sunny Jha (‘18), | Jay Bhatt (‘16) and | Loren Robinson (‘18)

Presidential Leadership Scholars Dr. Sunny Jha, Dr. Loren Robinson, and Dr. Jay Bhatt are on the front lines in their communities in the fight against COVID-19 — but thanks to vaccines that are now available, see a light at the end of the tunnel. They recently spoke to the George W. Bush Center’s Andrew Kaufmann […]


How to find hope in dark times

February 3, 2021 | Virginia Buckingham (‘15)

Presidential Leadership Scholar Virginia Buckingham speaks to lessons in resilience from the forefront of 9/11. Read more in The Hill:


It takes a community to help overcome vaccine hesitancy: OPINION

February 1, 2021 | Jay Bhatt (‘16) and | Kavita Patel (‘15)

Presidential Leadership Scholars Dr. Jay Bhatt and Dr. Kavita Patel recently wrote an opinion piece for ABC News on overcoming vaccine hesitancy. Read more:


Free education for essential workers in Michigan is expanding into a pathway toward a four-year degree

December 3, 2020

Class of 2016’s Russ Kavalhuna recently spoke to CNN about how Henry Ford College is putting the education of front line workers first. Read more:


Scholar Spotlight: Q&A with Brent Taylor

October 7, 2020 | Brent Taylor (‘16)

Brent, please give us an update on what you have been working on since graduating from PLS in 2016. During the past four years, I have the privilege to wear diverse hats that enable me to apply the leadership lessons of PLS in many settings. As a pastor, I walked with our church through a […]


The Root 100’s list of the most influential African Americans

September 23, 2020 | Rob Gore (‘18)

Recently, Class of 2018’s Rob Gore was named as one of The Root 100’s most influential African Americans. Check it out: