Presidential Leadership Scholar Nicole Isaac on Americans’ Shared Identity
This week, the first meeting of the third class of Presidential Leadership Scholars is being held in Washington, D.C. The goal of the program, which is a partnership among the presidential centers of George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson, is to equip Scholars with the skills to become effective leaders.
One essential skill is being able to develop practical solutions for both national and local challenges. Clearly, one of the nation’s most pressing challenges is moving beyond our current clash of values.
Presidential Leadership Scholar Nicole Isaac, a member of the second PLS class, takes on this challenge in the latest issue of The Catalyst: A Journal of Ideas from the Bush Institute. She writes that we cannot forget the shared identify that unites Americans. No matter how may differences we might have, our identity is wrapped up in a common belief in freedom of speech, freedom from tyranny, and majority rule, among other values.
Isaac is among the several Presidential Leadership Scholars who have written for The Catalyst. You can read pieces from PLS graduates Diane Mao, Dean Fealk, and Casey Gerald at these links:
William McKenzie is editorial director for the George W. Bush Institute, where he also serves as editor of The Catalyst: A Journal of Ideas from the Bush Institute.
Active in education issues, he co-teaches an education policy class at SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development. He also participates in the Bush Institute’s school accountability project.
Before joining the Bush Institute, the Fort Worth native served 22 years as an editorial columnist for the Dallas Morning News and led the newspaper’s Texas Faith blog. The University of Texas graduate’s columns appeared nationwide and he has won a Pulitzer Prize and commentary awards from the Education Writers Association, the American Academy of Religion, and the Texas Headliners Foundation, among other organizations. He still contributes columns and essays for the Morning News and The Weekly Standard.
Before joining the News in 1991, he earned a master’s degree in political science from the University of Texas at Arlington and spent a dozen years in Washington, D.C. During that time, he edited the Ripon Forum.
McKenzie has served as a Pulitzer Prize juror, on the board of a homeless organization, and on governing committees of a Dallas public school. He also is an elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Dallas, where he lives with his wife and their twin children.Full Bio
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