Presidential Leadership Scholars are joined by President George H.W. Bush and Mrs. Barbara Bush at the Bush Presidential Library Foundation in College Station, Texas. Photo courtesy of Butch Ireland for the Presidential Leadership Scholars program.

Learning from President George H.W. Bush

Lessons in leadership from the Presidential Leadership Scholars program: Session 2

PLS Program
Mar 14, 2018 · 3 min read

Last week, the 2018 Class of Presidential Leadership Scholars met for the second time at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation on the campus of Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.

Here, Scholars received unique insights from former administration officials on what it meant to work for President George H.W. Bush, and how his authentic relationships with those around him — from foreign leaders to his staff — made him an effective leader.

In addition to President George H.W. Bush and Mrs. Barbara Bush, Scholars were joined by:

  • Andy Card, former secretary of transportation to President George H.W. Bush and chief of staff to President George W. Bush;
  • Mary Kate Cary, executive producer of “41on41,” a documentary film about President George H.W. Bush, and former White House speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush;
  • Tim McBride, senior vice president of government relations at United Technologies Corp. and former personal aide and private secretary to President George H.W. Bush;
  • Jim McGrath, spokesman for President George H.W. Bush and former staff writer and editor in the executive office of President George H.W. Bush;
  • Rich McKeown, co-founder and chairman of Leavitt Partners and former chief of staff to Mike Leavitt at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) during the George H.W. Bush administration;
  • Virginia Mulberger, founding principal of The Scrowcroft Group and former special assistant to President George H.W. Bush and senior director of legislative affairs;
  • John H. Sununu, former governor of New Hampshire and chief of staff to President George H.W. Bush from 1989–1992; and more.
(Left) David Jones, CEO of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation, welcomes Presidential Leadership Scholars to College Station, Texas; (Right) David Jones moderates a conversation with John H. Sununu and Presidential Leadership Scholars. Photos courtesy of Butch Ireland for the Presidential Leadership Scholars program.
Mary Kate Cary moderates a conversation with John H. Sununu and Andy Card with Presidential Leadership Scholars. Photo courtesy of Butch Ireland for the Presidential Leadership Scholars program.
(Left) Rich McKeown guides Presidential Leadership Scholars in a classroom exercise on forming strategic partnerships and organizational planning; (Right) Presidential Leadership Scholars engage with each other and experts to advance the work they are doing in their communities. Photo courtesy of Butch Ireland for the Presidential Leadership Scholars program.

Here’s what people are saying about Session 2:

The 2018 Class of Presidential Leadership Scholars will continue their visits to each of the four partnering presidential centers with unprecedented access to former presidents, officials from their administrations, and the unique resources of the libraries to enhance their own leadership abilities in order to make a positive difference in the world. Look out for our next update from the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas!


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