Former President George W. Bush told an SMU audience Thursday, November 12, that the George W. Bush Institute will focus on education, global health, human freedom and economic growth. The Institute will be part of the Bush Presidential Center, which will include the presidential library and museum.

Construction on the center will begin in fall 2010, but the institute’s first initiatives are under way with the selection of key leaders and plans for conferences beginning this spring.

george-laura-bush-lg.ashx.jpg “The Institute will be a vital hub of critical thought and practical action,” Bush told about 1,500 SMU faculty, students, staff and presidential library donors at McFarlin Auditorium. “It will be independent, nonpartisan and designed to make an impact in the world.”

The Institute first will focus on education reform, beginning with the appointment of nationally renowned education scholar James Guthrie to serve as the institute’s director of education policy studies; he will serve as senior fellow at the institute. Simultaneously, the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at SMU announced that he will hold a concurrent appointment as professor in the school, the first such appointment to be made between SMU and the Bush Institute. Read more about the appointment.

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