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School of Public Policy to Celebrate 10th Anniversary with Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush
The School of Public Policy will celebrate its 10th anniversary with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush on Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the Beverly Hills Hotel. The event begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. The anniversary dinner will celebrate the accomplishments of the last decade and articulate the school’s intent and aspirations for the future.
The School of Public Policy was founded in 1997 as a natural extension of Pepperdine University’s mission to prepare students for lives of purpose, service, and leadership. Built on a curriculum committed to free enterprise, faith, and individual liberty, the School of Public Policy has earned a reputation for innovative scholarship and outstanding alumni.
The highlight of the evening will be a keynote address by the Honorable Jeb Bush. After being elected the 43rd governor of the state of Florida in 1998, Bush was reelected by a wide margin in 2002. He served two terms and left office in January 2007. Bush increased funding for public education and was described as Florida’s “Education Governor” by Florida Trend Magazine. He was tough on crime and worked tirelessly to diversify Florida’s economy for the 21st century, including offering tax relief for individuals and businesses in the state. Bush put Florida on the forefront of consumer health care advances by signing Medicaid reform legislation, “Empowered Care,” in June 2006.
“The evening will bring together the representatives of all constituencies of the School of Public—faculty, students, board members, donors, government and civic leaders—to witness what our graduates have wrought in the world,” said James R. Wilburn, dean of the School of Public Policy. “It is, quite simply, a time to demonstrate and celebrate a sense of community by encountering something in each individual life that finds in the School of Public Policy an incarnate expression of something profound about himself or herself.”