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Renowned education scholar joins SMU faculty, Bush Institute

James GuthrieCelebrated scholar James Guthrie will join the faculty at SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development while serving as a Senior Fellow at the George W. Bush Institute, a think tank that is part of the George W. Bush Presidential Center to be built on the SMU campus. This is the first concurrent appointment for SMU and the Bush Institute.

At SMU Nov. 12, former President Bush announced in a speech that Guthrie will become the Bush Institute’s Director of Education Policy Studies and will direct a program of research into ways to improve the quality of school leaders, including principals and administrators.

Currently, Guthrie is Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy and Director of the Peabody Center for Education Policy at Vanderbilt University, whose education school was ranked No. 1 in the country this year by U.S. News & World Report.

“James Guthrie’s contributions to the field of education are legendary,” said David Chard, the Leon Simmons Dean of the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. “His timely scholarship targets the obstacles that schools must overcome to provide all children access to high-quality education. His presence on our faculty will immediately shine a spotlight on SMU Simmons School’s efforts to address some of education’s most pressing challenges. Dr. Guthrie’s appointment, confirmed by a vote of our faculty, recognizes his outstanding scholarship on education policy development and the critical role of leadership in effective education.”

“The unique attribute Guthrie brings is his continual insistence on evidence-based policy, something he did long before anybody even invented a term for it,” said Eric Hanushek, Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University. Frederick Hess, director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute and executive editor of Education Next Magazine, called Guthrie one of the nation’s most eminent thinkers on questions of educational leadership, education policy and school reform.

Guthrie is the author or co-author of 20 books and more than 200 academic and professional articles. He serves as a frequent expert witness in court cases and has been a consultant for state, national and international agencies and governments. Guthrie has been selected to serve on panels of the National Academy of Sciences and is the winner of 12 awards and academic fellowships, among them the Alexander Heard Distinguished Service Professor Award at Vanderbilt University.

Guthrie was a professor for 27 years at the University of California at Berkeley, holds a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Stanford University, and undertook postdoctoral study in public finance at Harvard. Guthrie was a postdoctoral fellow at Oxford Brookes College, Oxford, England, and the Irving R. Melbo Visiting Professor at the University of Southern California.

His three-year appointments to both the SMU faculty and the Bush Institute begin in January 2010. Agreements signed by SMU and the Bush Foundation in February 2008 outline the stipulations for concurrent appointments – to serve on the SMU faculty, fellows must meet the same criteria that apply to appointees to other faculty positions, and their nomination must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate academic department and school.

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Former President Bush visits Mustang football practice

Coach June Jones and former president George W. Bush with SMU football playersFormer President George W. Bush visited football practice Aug. 24 in Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Bush was joined by SMU President R. Gerald Turner, and the former president briefly addressed the players after the practice session.

Coach June Jones had given the 43rd president a practice schedule and asked him to stop by and speak to the team when he could. Bush watched about an hour of drills.

“He said he’s an SMU rookie, it’s his first year,” Coach Jones said.

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By | 2009-08-27T16:50:39+00:00 August 27, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Iraqi women meet with former President and Mrs. Bush at SMU

Former President and Mrs. Bush with Iraqi women at SMUFormer President George W. Bush and Laura Bush met with eight Iraqi women at SMU on May 14 as part of the delegation’s visit to the United States under the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program.

The exchange, which included several U.S. cities, was coordinated by World Learning Visitor Exchange Program in cooperation with the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth. The women are officials in Iraq representing professions ranging from public works administration to nursing education.

Several SMU faculty members attended the event – Crista DeLuzio of the Clements Department of History and Carolyn Smith-Morris of the Department of Anthropology, both in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences; Maria Minniti, Cox School of Business; Jenia Turner, Dedman School of Law; and Susanne Scholz, Perkins School of Theology. SMU student Natalie Kashefi also attended. Gail Turner, wife of SMU President R. Gerald Turner, hosted a reception for the group; and Brad Cheves, SMU vice president for development and external affairs, was among those welcoming the delegation to campus.

The World Affairs Council was represented by its president, Jim Falk, and executive vice president Beth Huddleston, who also serves as a member of the board of the National Council for International Visitors. The Council serves as the Department of State’s coordinator of the International Visitor Leadership Program in Dallas and Fort Worth.

“Both President and Mrs. Bush spoke about the vital role women play in building and maintaining civil society and about how essential the guarantee of women’s rights is to a healthy democracy,” said DeLuzio. “The Iraqi women spoke eloquently about their courageous attempts to empower women and to further women’s rights in their country.

“I teach about the long and ongoing struggle for gender equality in the United States. This exchange inspired me to try to do more to educate my students about women’s movements around the world and to encourage them to think comparatively about women’s work on behalf of social justice and gender equality across time and place.”

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Tune In: Former President Bush talks to journalism students

George W. Bush visits SMU journalism classFormer President George W. Bush had lunch with President’s and Hunt Scholars and addressed a class of journalism students during an April 29 visit to the SMU campus. “I was trying to impart some knowledge,” Bush told SMU Daily Mustang reporter and student Shelly Smith as he came out of Journalism Lecturer Carolyn Barta‘s class, where he had spent more than an hour. Bush and Barta first met during his 1978 run for Congress, when she was a newspaper reporter. She invited him to talk to her class.

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Tune In: A former president’s surprise visit

George W. Bush visit, Feb. 24, 2009George W. Bush made a surprise visit to SMU Feb. 24, 2009. The former president answered questions in Harold Stanley‘s political science class, talked with students around campus and dropped in on the Crum Basketball Center. Watch a video compiled by Anna Martinez of SMU News. video

Former President Bush makes surprise visit to SMU classroom

Former President George W. Bush at SMUThirty SMU students in Professor Harold Stanley‘s American government course got a special lesson Feb. 24 from the man at the pinnacle of political decision-making for the past eight years – the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush.

Stanley, the Geurin-Pettus Professor of American politics and political economy in SMU’s Dedman College, took advantage of the fact that Mr. Bush is back in Dallas to arrange the surprise visit for his class on the American Political System.

When the class was assembled, SMU President R. Gerald Turner walked in the room behind Stanley. Turner said, “Does everyone recognize the 43rd President of the United States?” as Mr. Bush walked in. Students applauded, “but you could tell they were just shocked,” Turner said.

Mr. Bush began his remarks by talking about leadership, Stanley said. “The students were free to ask about anything and everything. They were interested in his plans for the presidential library and institute, his views on the current economic crisis, the stimulus plans, whether he had seen ‘W,’ whether he thought about the framers of the Constitution while he was president, and a wide range of other issues.”

In response to a question about the forthcoming Bush Institute, the former president said he hoped it would promote values such as freedom through speakers, debates and other forums involving people from around the world. He said he hoped young people with various points of view would become involved with the Institute.

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By | 2009-02-25T10:21:29+00:00 February 25, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |
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