Foundation donates millions to Texas A&M University

Foundation donates millions to Texas A&M University
Posted at 2:39 PM, Oct 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-08 18:42:48-04

Texas A&M University’s Bush School of Government and Public Service will be receiving a new center.

The Center for Grand Strategy is made possible thanks to the multimillion-dollar donations from the Charles Koch Foundation and Texas A&M University System Regent Robert Albritton. They are providing $3.5 million and $2.75 million along with multi-year support towards the center.

The center will serve as an intellectual focus for the critical examination of U.S. Grand Strategy. Grand Strategy can also be understood as the organizing principals that orient a country’s foreign policy.

“We are living in a very fragmented and changing world. A new crisis seems to appear daily requiring a well thought out response. How we respond to these events is more critical today than ever before,” Albritton said.

Mark Welsh, dean of the Bush School, executive professor and holder of the Edward & Howard Kruse Chair, is hopeful that this center will be a place for scholars and policy practitioners to come together and play a role in America’s future.

“It’s time for a conversation about the strategic future of our country, and Texas A&M and the Bush School look forward to being an integral part of that conversation,” Welsh said.

The contributions will also allow the university to hire a professor of practice and new tenure-track facility. The center will be equipped to hold pre and post-doctoral fellows, sponsor research by affiliated faculty, host conferences and workshops.

John Schuessler, associate professor of international affairs at the Bush School and the center’s academic director said his hope for the new center is to not only be available to Texas A&M students.

“Our hope and expectation are that the intellectual community surrounding the center will reach well beyond the Bush School and include scholars from history and political science as well as any others grappling with questions of relevance to American grand strategy.”
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