presidential fellows program - Center for the Study of the Presidency



presidential fellows program - Center for the Study of the Presidency
1999 Fellows Symposium Participants
in front of the White House
Promote leadership in the Presidency and the Congress to generate innovative solutions to current national challenges.
Preserve the historic memory of the Presidency by identifying the lessons from the successes and failures of such leadership.
Draw on a wide range of talent to offer comprehensive strategic assessments of national
Educate and inspire the next generation of America’s leaders to incorporate civility,
inclusiveness, and character into their public and private lives and discourse.
The Presidential Fellows Program invests in top collegiate students with a year-long opportunity to study the U.S. Presidency, the public policymaking process, and our President’s relations with Congress, allies, the media, and the American public. The Fellows learn about leadership and governance, share their outstanding research and scholarship, develop as future leaders of character, and are inspired to serve the nation. Presidential Fellows emerge with a superior
understanding of the U.S. political process and an understanding of our dedication to the values
of leadership, liberty, and civic engagement.
Former President George H. W. Bush speaks at
1999 Leadership Symposium
Inspired by President Eisenhower's call for programs on the American Presidency for
“students old and young…characterized by accuracy, objectivity and perspective,” the Center for
the Study of the Presidency† was incorporated in 1969. Dr. R. Gordon Hoxie, a historian and
Chancellor of Long Island University, became the first President of the Center. Under Dr.
Hoxie’s leadership, the original Presidential Fellows Program was created as a response to the
Kent State and Jackson State University demonstrations. The Center sought to bridge the widening gap between college students and government leaders with a program that would promote
dialogue between the two groups and inspire college students to become the public servants that
would guide our nation’s future.
Center for the Study of the Presidency became the
Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress in 2008.
2002 Presidential Fellow’s Conference
George Stephanopoulos with Fellow at
2009 Presidential Fellows Awards Dinner
The Presidential Fellows are selected by their colleges and universities with guidance
from the Center. Fellows travel to Washington, D.C., twice a year, in Fall and Spring. During
these three-day policy workshops they discuss national issues while interacting with policymakers and experts, offering new perspectives to their already rigorous academic studies. The centerpiece of the Fellowship is the students’ original research paper on the key issues of the past,
present and future in regards to the Presidency or Congress. The students identify faculty advisors on their campuses, and the Center matches them with mentors working in a relevant field.
All students make presentations at both conferences and are eligible to receive three awards
while competing for publication in our yearly anthology, The Fellows Review.
During the Spring Leadership Conference, Presidential Fellows also attend the Center’s
Annual Awards Dinner, which honors a leading public servant. Recent award recipients include Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Chairman Ben Bernanke and Chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen. Fellows meet with the award winners for a private, offthe-record question and answer session prior to the dinner. Additionally, the Fellows whose
papers have been selected to receive top awards will be recognized alongside the public servant
being honored and will have the opportunity to briefly present their research to an audience
including many current and former high-level officials.
Introduced in 2011, the inclusion of International Fellows begins a new chapter of the
Presidential Fellows Program. International students travel to Washington three days earlier
than U.S. Fellows for a specialized and comprehensive “behind-the-scenes” look at the inner
workings of the U.S. government and politics. After this prelude, International Fellows then
participate alongside U.S. Fellows during the Fall and Spring Conferences. International Fellows develop a superior understanding of the America’s political culture and institutional processes, fundamental knowledge for successful international cooperation.
Since its inception in 1970, the Presidential Fellows Program has developed leadership
and scholarship skills in more than 1,000 students. Many of our Fellows have been awarded
the prestigious Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, Truman, and Gates Scholarships. Many Alumni
of the Presidential Fellows Program have distinguished themselves as leaders by serving in positions such as Capitol Hill and White House staffers, award-winning journalists, CEOs of corporations and non-profit organizations, senior military leaders, and university presidents and
Chairman Ben Bernanke speaking at
2010 Presidential Fellows Awards Dinner
2004 - 2005 Presidential Fellows in front of
the Eisenhower Executive Office building
First Lady Laura Bush with Fellows at
2002 Presidential Fellows Conference
George Stephanopoulos addressing the 2007-2008
Presidential Fellows
Former V.A. Secretary Togo West Speaking to the
2012 Presidential Fellows Annual Awards Dinner
Senator Chuck Hagel with Fellows at 2000 Presidential Fellows Awards Dinner
Admiral Michael Mullen, Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
with 2011 Presidential Fellows Award Winners
First International Presidential Fellows with Ambassador of Japan to the United States Ichiro Fujisaki at
the 2011 Presidential Fellows Conference
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta with
2012 Presidential Fellows Award Winners
Mr. Tom Nies, President and CEO, Cincom Computer
Inc. with the United States Military Academy Fellows at
the 2005 Awards Dinner
CSPC CEO Dr. David Abshire emphasizes the importance of history in
examining public policy at 2004 Fall Conference
Former U.N. Ambassador and Arms Control Director Kenneth Adelman
speaks with Fellows at 1999 Symposium
Andrew Barth
Andrew DeFilippis
Dr. Christopher Howard
Michael Maibach
Andrew (Andy) F. Barth is chairman of Capital Guardian Trust Company, a director of The
Capital Group Companies, Inc. and a director of Capital Group International, Inc. He is a
member of the Fixed Income Management Committee. Mr. Barth has portfolio management
responsibilities in credit fixed-income accounts. He joined Capital Group Companies in 1985
after completing his M.B.A. at Columbia University Graduate School of Business. Mr. Barth
graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University (Phi Beta Kappa). He is based in Los
Angeles. Other civic duties besides CSPC include serving on the board of trustees for the
American Ballet Theater, the California Science Center Foundation, Pomona College, United
States Olympic Foundation, and the board of overseers from the Columbia Business School
and the Huntington Museum, Library and Gardens.
Mr. Andrew DeFilippis was a member of the Center’s 2003-2004 Presidential Fellows class.
He graduated from Princeton University in 2003 with a B.A. from the Woodrow Wilson
School of Public and International Affairs. He then attended Yale Law School and earned a
J.D. in 2006. After graduation, DeFilippis was a clerk to Judge Jose A. Cabranes of the
Second Circuit Court of Appeals from June 2006 to June 2007. He then became Counselor
to the Secretary at the Department of Homeland Security, a position that he held for
approximately a year and a half. For the past three years, DeFilippis has been working as an
Associate at Sullivan & Cromwell.
Dr. Christopher B. Howard was a member of the Center’s 1990-1991 Presidential Fellows
class. Dr. Howard, a Rhodes Scholar, earned his Doctorate in politics at Oxford University
and an M.B.A. with distinction from the Harvard Business School. He is the 24th President
of Hampden-Sydney College and one of the youngest college Presidents in the United States.
Dr. Howard is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy where he earned a
BS in political science. He is Founder and Chairman of the Impact Young Lives Foundation,
a non-profit organization that provides scholarship and travel opportunities for South African
university students of color. Howard is Senior Advisor on African Affairs at Stonebridge
International, an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow, a member of the Council on Foreign
Relations, and the youngest member of the annual U.S. News & World Report - Harvard
University "America's Best Leaders" selection committee. A member of the MOBO Systems
Advisory Board, he was formerly on the Board of Directors of Converge, an IT demanufacturing firm. As an Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, he serves as the Reserve Air
Attaché to Liberia.
Mr. Michael Maibach was a member of the Center’s 1978-1979 Presidential Fellows class.
Mr. Maibach has been the President of the European-American Business Council since 2003.
With offices in Washington and Brussels, the Council works with its 70+ U.S. and European
member companies to support trans-Atlantic government-to-government cooperation on
commercial policy. Maibach was the Vice President of Government Affairs for the Intel
Corporation from 1983-2001. He was an industry leader in the attainment of the U.S.
Semiconductor Chip Protection Act, the R&D Tax Credit, the U.S.-Japan Semiconductor
Agreement, SEMATECH funding, the GATT Uruguay Round, the 21st Century Patent
Reform Act, and China WTO membership.
Ms. Tara Murphy was a member of the Center’s 2003-2004 Presidential Fellows class while
attending the Georgia Institute of Technology. She graduated from Georgia Tech Magna Cum
Laude, in 2004, with a B.S. in International Affairs. She attended Georgetown University the
following year, where she earned her M.A. in Security Studies. Ms. Murphy worked at the Center
for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) as a project coordinator and later a fellow. Today,
Ms. Murphy works in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Policy as Special Assistant to the
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Strategic Affairs.
Tara Murphy
Ms. Reena Ninan was a member of the Center’s 1999-2000 Presidential Fellows class. Ms. Ninan is
known primarily for her role as a news correspondent. After earning her B.A. in Political
Communication at George Washington University, She began her career as a live shot producer for
The Washington Post. She gained prominence when she covered the major events of the 2004
primaries, including the Iowa Caucus and the Democratic National Convention. Beginning in 2007,
Ms. Ninan was the Middle East Correspondent for the Fox News Channel; her reports came from
Egypt, Iraq, Libya, and Israel. For her notable work as a female war correspondent, Ms. Ninan was
named one of Glamour magazine’s “Women on the Front Lines” in July 2011. She is currently a
general assignment correspondent for ABC News, where she reports for programs such as World
News with Diane Sawyer, Good Morning America, Nightline, and other ABC broadcasts.
Mr. Kenneth P. Ruscio was a member of the Center’s 1975-1976 Presidential Fellows class during
his tenure at Washington and Lee University. After graduation, he received his M.P.A. and Ph.D.
from Syracuse’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in 1978 and 1983 respectively.
Returning to his Alma Mater , he served as a Professor of Politics, becoming an associate dean of
the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics, as well as the Dean of Freshmen. In
2002, Mr. Ruscio became the Dean of the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of
Richmond. In 2006, he was elected President of Washington and Lee University and has served as
such since.
Mr. Leonard Stark was a member of the Center’s 1990-1991 Presidential Fellows class while
attending the University of Delaware. In 1991, Mr. Stark graduated with a B.S. in economics, a B.A.
in political science, and an M.A. in history. Mr. Stark then studied at Magdalen College of Oxford
University, receiving his D. Phil. in politics in 1993. He subsequently attended Yale Law School,
receiving a J.D. in 1996. For several years afterwards, he was an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate,
Meagher and Flom. In 2002, he became an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware. In
2007, he was selected to be a U.S. Magistrate Judge in the District of Delaware. Then, in 2010, Mr.
Stark was unanimously confirmed by the Senate to become the U.S. District Court Judge for the
District of Delaware.
Reena Ninan
Kenneth Ruscio
Leonard Stark
Omar Woodard
Mr. George Stephanopoulos was a member of the Center’s 1982-1983 Presidential Fellows class.
Mr. Stephanopoulos decided to enter into the political field, following the completion of his
education at Columbia University and Balliol College of Oxford University. Mr. Stephanopoulos
began his career as an aide to Congressman Ed Feighan. He then went on to work in the
presidential campaign for Governor Dukakis, in 1988. However, George Stephanopoulos became
a household name when he, along with David Wilhelm and James Carville, were appointed as
leading members of Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign, in 1992. During Clinton’s Presidency,
Stephanopoulos served as de facto press secretary and Senior Advisor on Policy and Strategy.
Following his time at the White House, in 2002, he became the host of the ABC Sunday morning
news program This Week. Since December 2009, Mr. Stephanopoulos has been a co-host of
ABC’s Good Morning America.
Mr. Omar Woodard was a member of the Center’s 2006-2007 Presidential Fellows’ class while
attending graduate school at The George Washington University (GWU). He earned his M.P.A.
from the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. He received a B.A. in
International Affairs and Public Policy, also from GWU. Mr. Woodard is a Principal at Venture
Philanthropy Partners, a philanthropic investment firm based in Washington, D.C. Prior to that he
was a Healthcare Consultant and Associate Director of Business Development at the Advisory
Board Company, and worked as a registered federal lobbyist for The Whitaker Group, a premier
strategic consulting firm committed to creating sustainable prosperity in Africa. In 2008, he was a
Deputy Regional Field Director in Pennsylvania for the Obama for America presidential
campaign. He began his career on Capitol Hill as an aide to Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA). He is a
member of The Board of Trustees of The George Washington University; the Board of Trustees
of Girard College; and the Board of Directors of the Washington Nationals Foundation Youth
Baseball Academy.
Ms. Alexandra Utsey was a member of the Center’s 2007-2008 Presidential Fellows class. Ms. Utsey
graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2009 with a B.A. in Political Science. Following
her graduation from college, Ms. Utsey was an intern for the United States Senate Committee on
Foreign Relations for six months. In March 2010, she became a staff assistant for the Committee on
Foreign Relations. Ms. Utsey has been a legislative assistant for the committee since March 2011
and she will begin a Master’s in Public Affairs program at the Woodrow Wilson School at
Princeton this fall.
Alexandra Utsey
Dr. Abshire with the Fellows from the U.S. Military Academy
at West Point during 2007 Fall Conference
Ambassador Jack Matlock sharing a moment with Dr. Abshire
and Navin Vij, Rice University Fellow, at 2004 Fall Conference.
“To my mind, one of the Center’s most important services to the nation has been
the deep involvement with young people … The Center has helped plant the seeds
from which will grow our next generation of leaders. That is truly an important gift
to bestow on any society, and especially on a democratic society like ours.”
Allen Murray
Former CEO and Chairman, Mobil Corporation
“Exposing America’s college students to he leading issues and decision makers in
person is clearly a unique contribution to education and to the republic.”
Michael Maibach
President, The European-American Business Council
“I also praise the Center’s efforts to educate and inspire the nation’s next generation to pursue careers based on character, ethics, and public service through its
Presidential Fellows Program.”
Joseph I. Lieberman
United States Senator
“I am always impressed with the high caliber of students in the program and the
organization of the conferences … I would highly recommend the Presidential Fellows program as exemplary training for our nation’s future leaders.”
George Stephanopoulos
Chief Political Correspondent, ABC News
Admiral Michael Mullen
Ambassador C. Boyden Gray
Ambassador Max Kampelman
Ambassador Stuart Holliday
Ambassador Tom Pickering
Ambassador William Taylor
Attorney General William J. Schneider
Chairman Ben Bernanke
Colonel Jay Parker
Colonel Mark Mykleby
Dr. Danielle Pendergast
Dr. Henry Kissinger
Dr. James MacGregor Burns
Dr. John J. Hamre
Dr. Richard N. Haas
Former Mayor Adrian Fenty
General Brian S. Gunderson
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
Major General Perry M. Smith
Mr. Alan Murray
Mr. Edward J. Rollins
Mr. George Stephanopoulos
President George H.W. Bush
Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker
Senator Bill Bradley
Senator Chuck Hagel
Senator Hillary Clinton
Senator John Breaux
Senator Lamar Alexander
Senator Robert J. Dole
Senator Robert Taft, Jr.
Senator William E. Brock
The Honorable Carla Hills
The Honorable Clay Johnson
The Honorable David Gergen
The Honorable Elliott Abrams
The Honorable Joseph Duffey
The Honorable Lee Hamilton
The Honorable Thomas McLarty III
The Honorable Togo West
The Honorable Wayne Berman
Barnard College
Colgate University
College of William and Mary
Colorado College
Columbia University
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Denison University
Duke University
Emory University
Gannon University
Georgetown University
George Washington University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Gettysburg College
Hampden-Sydney College
Harvard University
Haverford College
Hofstra University
Howard University
Institute of World Politics
Long Island University
Michigan State University
Middle Tennessee State University
Middlebury College
Morehouse College
North Georgia College & State University
Northwestern University
Pennsylvania State University
Princeton University
Rice University
Rollins College
Smith College
Southern Methodist University
Stanford University
Swarthmore College
Texas A&M University
The Catholic University of America
The Citadel
Tulane University
United States Air Force Academy
United States Coast Guard Academy
United States Military Academy
United States Naval Academy
University of Arkansas
University at Buffalo
University of California- Los Angeles
University of Cincinnati
University of Connecticut
University of Michigan, Ford School
University of Minnesota
University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill
University of Pennsylvania
University of Southern California
University of Tennessee- Chattanooga
University of the South
University of Wisconsin- Madison
Vanderbilt University
Vassar College
Virginia Military Institute
Virginia Tech
Wake Forest University
Washington and Lee University
Yale University
Waseda University
Ritsumeikan University
These Fellowships, typically endowed at $130,000 each to ensure the long-term participation of students
from these colleges and universities.
The David M. Abshire Fellowship at the United States Military Academy
Endowed by friends and classmates of the Center’s President, David Abshire (USMA Class of ’51)
The David M. Abshire Fellowship at the University of Tennessee- Chattanooga
Endowed by the Tucker Foundation and members of the Chattanooga community to honor native
son David Abshire
The Andrew Barth Fellowship at Columbia University
Endowed by Mr. Barth to support students from his alma mater
The Avery Barth Fellowship at University of Southern California
Endowed by Mr. and Mrs. Barth to support students from Mrs. Barth’s alma mater
The R. Gordon Hoxie Fellowships at Long Island University
Two students from Long Island University receive these Fellowships in honor of the leadership of
R. Gordon Hoxie, the Center’s founder and first President
The General Edward C. Meyer Fellowship at the United States Military Academy
Endowed by friends of General Meyer to honor his leadership
The John C. Whitehead Fellowship at Haverford College
Endowed by Goldman Sachs to honor the leadership and public service of Mr. Whitehead
The Admiral Michael Mullen Fellowship at The United States Naval Academy
Endowed by Stephen Schwarzman of The Blackstone Group to honor the leadership and public
service of Admiral Mullen
Toyota Motor Company of North America supports Fellowships at Howard University and George
Washington University
Toyota Motor Corporation supports Fellowships at Waseda University and Ritsumeikan University
The Dr. Scholl Foundation supports a Fellowship at the United States Naval Academy along with three
International Fellows
The Arthur Ross Foundation supports the Arthur Ross Fellowship at Barnard College.
The Dorothy Cate and Thomas F. First Foundation supports the Senator William H. Frist, M.D. Fellowship at Middle Tennessee State University
The Ida and Arie Crown Memorial supports the Crown Fellowship at Northwestern University
Several individuals have chosen to support the Presidential Fellows Program through the establishment
of Named Fellowships, which are typically funded at $6500 per year. Some of these Fellowships are
named in honor of the donor; others have been named to honor a public servant.
Denison University
University at Buffalo
Mr. William J. Mills
The William J. Mills Fellowship
Hon. and Mrs. Wayne L. Berman
The Wayne L. Berman Fellowship
Georgetown University
University of the South
Mr. and Mrs. Michael K. Farr
Mr. Robert Mosbacher, Jr.
The Honorable Robert Mosbacher, Sr. Fellowship The Michael K. Farr Fellowship
Georgetown University
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Mr. Stanley Zax
The Honorable Max Kampelman Fellowship
Mr. Richard Jaffee
The Richard Jaffee Fellowship
Harvard University
Mr. Bradford M. Freeman
United States Air Force Academy
The Bradford M. Freeman Fellowship
Dr. Robert A. Kilmarx
The Robert A. Kilmarx Fellowship
Institute of World Politics
University of Arkansas
Mr. Michael C. Maibach
The Dwight D. Eisenhower Fellowship
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. McLarty
The Donna C. and Thomas F. McLarty III
For more information about the Presidential Fellows contact:
Elizabeth Perch, COO & CFO
(202) 872-9800 or [email protected]
Andrew Steele, Director, Presidential Fellows Program
(202) 872-9800 or [email protected]
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