Jeb Bush

Wednesday, August 05, 2020
10:45am EDT

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"Fostering Bold and Transformational Education Reform"

Jeb Bush was the 43rd governor of the State of Florida, serving from 1999 through 2007. He was the third Republican elected to the state’s highest office and the first Republican in the state’s history to be reelected. He was most recently a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. He is also president and chairman of the board of directors of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, a national non-profit organization he founded to work with education leaders, teachers, parents and advocates to develop and implement reforms that lead to rising student achievement. The first member of the Bush family to speak on the Amphitheater stage since Barbara Bush lectured in 1987, Bush will discuss the work being done by ExcelinEd to foster bold and transformational education reform.

During his time as governor, Bush cut taxes, vetoed earmarks and championed major reform of government programs. He championed major reform of government, in areas ranging from health care and environmental protection to civil service and tax reform. His top priority was the overhaul of the state’s failing education system. Under Bush’s leadership, Florida established a bold accountability system in public schools and created the most ambitious school choice programs in the nation.

Today, Florida remains a national leader in education and is one of the only states in the nation to significantly narrow the achievement gap. Bush joined the University of Pennsylvania as a non-resident Presidential Professor of Practice for the 2018-19 academic year. He has previously served as a visiting professor and fellow at Harvard University, an executive professor at Texas A&M University, and has been awarded several honorary doctorates from collegiate institutions across the country.

Bush has been recognized for his contributions to public policy by national organizations including the Manhattan Institute, The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation and the Jack Kemp Foundation. He currently serves as chairman of Finback Investments Partners LLC and Dock Square Capital LLC, both merchant banks headquartered in Coral Gables.

He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies.