Presidents joined scholars from across the United States who are tackling the most pressing issues of our time.
Dr. Michael Hole, a pediatrician, social entrepreneur and joint faculty at the LBJ School and Dell Medical School, delivered the commencement speech at the ceremony honoring his class of Presidential Leadership Scholars at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas on June 27. He was voted speaker by his PLS class, and introduced Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, who talked with Presidential Leadership Scholars Lisa Hallett, CEO of wear blue: run to remember, and Jay Bhatt, SVP and CMO of the American Hospital Association, about the work they are doing to address veterans' issues and challenges in health care. The graduation ceremony of the 2019 class of Presidential Leadership Scholars marked the fifth anniversary since the program began in 2015.
"My fellow scholars, who I consider family, are very possibly the most courageous, brilliant, and compassionate public servants I've met," Hole said. "For them to select me, it's stunning, surreal. Speaking in front of Presidents Bush and Clinton is sure to go down as one of my life's most memorable experiences."
Congratulations to LBJ School’s @DrMichaelHole. His @PLSProgram class voted him commencement speaker, and tonight he will introduce Presidents Bush and @BillClinton. Watch live: https://t.co/fv25wQGSQ3 AE https://t.co/Z4axbWOk2k— The LBJ School (@TheLBJSchool) June 27, 2019
The 2019 class of scholars was comprised of doctors, veterans, corporate professionals, attorneys, public servants, educators and more from across the country who over five months came together to collaborate and make a difference in the world as they learned about leadership through the lens of the presidential experiences of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Lyndon B. Johnson. This year's class joins an active network of 240 Scholars who are working to lead lasting and positive change in their communities and across the globe.
"My life's trajectory is sure to be shaped by what I've learned from the former presidents, their families, Cabinet members and my fellow scholars. Surrounded by this community of public servants, I'm dreaming bigger than ever before." —Dr. Michael Hole
"My life's trajectory is sure to be shaped by what I've learned from the former presidents, their families, Cabinet members and my fellow scholars," Hole said. "Surrounded by this community of public servants, I'm dreaming bigger than ever before."
About the Presidential Leadership Scholars (PLS) program
PLS serves as a catalyst for a diverse network of leaders brought together to collaborate and make a difference in the world as they learn about leadership through the lens of the presidential experiences of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Lyndon B. Johnson.
Each year, a diverse group of mid-career professionals begin a journey to hone their leadership abilities through interactions with former presidents, key administration officials, leading academics, and business and civic leaders.
Scholars put their learning into action through a personal leadership project, intended to solve a problem or pressing issue in their community, country, or the world. They gain the skills necessary to work across divides and develop a network that spans traditional geographic, professional, political, and economic boundaries.
PLS challenges pre-existing perceptions and inspires the Scholars to lead lasting, positive change.
About the LBJ School
The LBJ School, one of the nation's top public affairs schools, has a unique legacy of tackling the most complex policy problems of our day by creating innovative approaches that make a difference, not only within the walls of academia but also in the public and social dialogue of the world. Advancing scholarship and contributing viable solutions to society is the LBJ School's legacy and its path forward. More than 4,300 graduates are the living legacy of President Johnson's bold and fearless action. For more, visit lbj.utexas.edu.