Texas A&M University’s Bush School of Government & Public Service kicks off a week of special events and programs in celebration of its 25th Anniversary. The celebration week takes place September 6th-10th on the Bush School’s College Station campus.

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One highlight of the celebration week will feature an evening with Dr. Ray M. Bowen, 21st President of Texas A&M University, Mr. Neil Bush, son of President George H.W. Bush and Chair of the Bush School Advisory Board, and Mr. R.C. Slocum, former Head Coach of Texas A&M Football. The three will discuss their relationship with President George H.W. Bush in an engaging evening of “The 41 I Knew,” moderated by Mark Welsh, Dean of the Bush School. The discussion takes place on Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. Central Time in the Bush School’s Annenberg Presidential Conference Center in College Station, Texas.

“We are just thrilled to welcome students to the Bush School this semester with events and programs that demonstrate what we do best,” said Mark Welsh. “The Bush School has spent the past 25 years educating tomorrow’s public servants and we’ll be able to showcase that with some events that highlight the noble calling of public service. Our students will have the opportunity to hear first-hand from some well-known leaders, and others who are making a difference in their own ways. It’s a great way to start off the fall semester.”

Launched in April 2022 at the Bush School’s Washington D.C. teaching site, the Bush School’s 25th Anniversary celebration is taking place during the 2022-2023 academic year. Other highlights of the celebration in College Station include lunchtime talks with students on “The 41 I Knew” by some of the people who worked closely with President Bush in various capacities. Speakers for this series include Lieutenant General (ret.) Michael Gould, former military aid to President Bush, and author Jean Becker who served as President Bush’s Chief of Staff during his post-White House years.

“The Bush School has spent the past 25 years educating tomorrow’s public servants and we’ll be able to showcase that with some events that highlight the noble calling of public service. Our students will have the opportunity to hear first-hand from some well-known leaders, and others who are making a difference in their own ways. It’s a great way to start off the fall semester.”

Mark Welsh, Dean of the Bush School

A dedication of the mural, The Ride Home by nationally renowned artist Benjamin Knox, will take place in the Bush School’s Allen Building on Wednesday, September 7th. A watch party of the George & Barbara Bush Foundation documentary film “41 on 41” will be held in the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center on Thursday, September 8th.

Additionally, the Bush School, in partnership with the university’s marketing team and the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, have launched three unique sock designs to celebrate the Bush School’s 25th anniversary. The socks are produced by John’s Crazy Socks. Founders John Cronin and his father Mark Cronin, will give a talk on Thursday, September 8th about their encounter with President Bush, who wore a pair of the company’s socks to the funeral of Barbara Bush. John’s Crazy Socks hires people of differing abilities and donates five percent of the proceeds to Special Olympics.

Texas A&M University mascot Reveille and President Bush’s service dog Sully, will make an appearance in the Bush Library on Thursday, September 8th. Both beloved canines are featured in one of the sock designs.

To learn more about the Bush School of Government & Public Service, please visit bush.tamu.edu.