Vanderbilt Scholar Tapped for New Bush Think Tank

By Debra Viadero — November 17, 2009 1 min read
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Here’s a tidbit that you may have missed: Vanderbilt University scholar James Guthrie has been tapped to direct education policy studies at former President George W. Bush’s new think tank.

Based at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, the George W. Bush Institute will be part of the Bush Presidential Center, which also includes Bush’s presidential library and museum. Besides education policy, the center will focus on global health, human freedom, and economic growth. Read all about it in the Houston Chronicle and in these press releases from Vanderbilt and SMU.

Guthrie currently directs the Center for Education Policy at Vanderbilt, where he specializes in studying improving school leadership. At the Bush institute, he’ll be teaming up with Sandy Kress, who was Bush’s campaign adviser on education, to continue that line of inquiry.

Construction on the center isn’t expected to begin until fall, but Guthrie and Kress are already planning a national conference on education leadership, policy, and school reform at SMU for this March.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Inside School Research blog.