The Bush Center and SMU

John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies

To me, it’s really a privilege for us and for our students to have a piece of living history on campus. We have the archives of George W. Bush’s presidency, of course, but we also have the legacy of a living president on our campus for students to follow and learn from. Few campuses are able to provide that kind of an opportunity to their students.

SMU’s Tower Center in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences and the Bush Center are partners in research, teaching and programming designed to educate, inspire and foster ethical public service. Recent collaborations include:

  • Tower Fellow Jieun Pyun manages the Bush Center’s Human Freedom Initiative, an innovative educational and training program that equips young leaders with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed during a democratic transition. Tower Center Senior Fellow Matthew Wilson, director of the Center for Faith & Learning at SMU and an associate professor of political science, serves as an instructor with the project.
  • Bush Institute experts participate in a speaker series for Tower Scholars focused on policymaking.
  • Tower Scholars have engaged in research at the Bush Center for their senior year practicums.
  • The two centers co-host panel discussions on a variety of domestic and foreign policy issues that are free and open to the public.