Called to Serve
The Bush School of Government and Public Service
Political Science - College Histories - Presidential Studies
6.125 x 9.25, 240 pp.
39 color photos. Index.
Pub Date: 09/11/2017
Price:        $30.00 s

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Called to Serve

The Bush School of Government and Public Service

Charles F. Hermann and Sally Dee Wade 
Foreword by Mark A. Welsh III

In Called to Serve, founding director Charles F. Hermann and writer Sally Dee Wade chronicle the twenty-year history of the George Bush School of Government and Public Service, which has rapidly evolved into one of the nation’s major professional graduate schools of public and international affairs.

The story traces the progress of the Bush School from its initial challenges to secure funding, students, and professors to its departure from the College of Liberal Arts as an independent unit with its own dean and faculty, and through the creation of its current curricula and policy-oriented research institutes. Insider stories and candid photographs illustrate how President Bush’s focused personal interest and involvement with the school and its students have contributed to the many developments and successes that the Bush School has enjoyed.

With carefully researched narrative and absorbing, behind-the-scenes details, Called to Serve documents the first two decades of the Bush School’s brief but significant history and looks to the promising future that awaits this widely respected academic enterprise.

CHARLES F. HERMANN is Brent Scowcroft Professor of International Policy Studies at the Bush School of Government and Public Service. He taught at Princeton University until 1969, when he was invited to serve on the National Security Council under Henry Kissinger. He subsequently served as director of the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at Ohio State University until 1995. SALLY DEE WADE served as the writing consultant for the Bush School from 2006 until 2014. She also codeveloped writing programs for Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School MBA and executive MBA programs and for the professional program in accounting. She formerly served as a lecturer in the English department at Texas A&M University.

What Readers Are Saying:

"This history of the Bush School of Government and Public Service is the inspiring story of a handful of dedicated faculty, staff, and administrators building a nationally recognized institution from the ground up.  From overcoming significant cultural, financial, and political challenges to developing a program with partnerships throughout Texas A&M University, the state of Texas and the entire country, it is a story of perseverance, dedication, talent, and striving for excellence.  And a lot of fun along the way."—Robert M. Gates, former CIA Director, former Secretary of Defense; former President of TAMU, and former interim dean of Bush School


“This book is a wonderful review of the school from its beginning and pays tribute to the uniqueness of its namesake. President Bush’s legacy will breathe and live through the lives of the students influenced by Professor Hermann.” –Don Powell, former Chair of the Texas A&M Board of Regents

“President Bush passionately believes that many able people should commit their lives to public service. Revealed here is the remarkable story of dedicated A&M officials, faculty, and former students who melded the goals of Texas A&M with the vision of the former president to create a new school that effectively prepares talented individuals for careers in government and nonprofits.”—Andrew Card, former White House Chief of Staff


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