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Bush School Deans, Founding Director To Reunite For National Affairs Discussion Oct. 20

October 11, 2017

Left to right: Charles F. Hermann, founding director, 1995-1999; A. Benton Cocanougher, interim dean, 2009-2010; Ryan C. Crocker, dean, 2010-2011, 2013-2016; Andrew H. Card, Jr. acting dean, 2011-2013; Mark A. Welsh III, dean, 2016-present.
By Texas A&M University Bush School of Government and Public Service

Five outstanding public servants and leaders who have been instrumental in the development of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University since its founding in 1997 will take part in a unique discussion of current affairs on Friday, Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center on the Texas A&M University campus.

The panel will be moderated by the school’s current dean, Mark Welsh, former Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force. Panelists will include Charles F. Hermann, the first director of the Bush School, 1995−1999, and professor emeritus of the Bush School; Benton Cocanougher, interim dean, 2009−2010, and dean emeritus of the Mays School of Business at Texas A&M; Andrew Card, acting dean, 2011−2103, and White House chief of staff under President George W. Bush; and Ryan Crocker, dean from 2013 to 2016 and career ambassador in the U.S. State Department. This unique gathering of scholars, diplomats and former senior government officials will discuss a range of national and international issues, with each bringing his individual experience in government or academia to a dialogue about the complex current world situation.

Bush School Dean Mark Welsh noted that this group of dedicated public servants has helped to shape the school’s growth and development.

“Each of these individuals, along with other school leaders, have made significant contributions to our reputation for academic excellence and commitment to public service,” Welsh said. “This is a remarkable opportunity to hear their views on the Bush School, current world affairs and the place of the United States in the world.”

The discussion will be preceded by a reception beginning at 5:15 p.m. Additional information can be found on the Bush School website at


Susan L. Robertson, Bush School of Government and Public Service, 979-862-8845,

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