Jeb Bush to Join Kennedy School as Visiting Fellow this Fall

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will join the Kennedy School of Government as a visiting fellow in the Program on Education Policy and Governance this fall, according to a Tuesday announcement. Bush, a favorite of Harvard's undergraduate conservatives, campaigned for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination before suspending his campaign in February.

Bush will bring his experience as chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education to the Kennedy School fellowship. The foundation strives to “build an American education system that equips every child to achieve his or her God-given potential,” according to its website.

According to a Kennedy School press release, Bush will make several multi-day visits to Harvard over the course of the fall semester. During those visits, he will serve as a guest lecturer in the course, “The Political Economy of the School,” which is co-taught by Government professor Paul E. Peterson and Louisiana State Superintendent of Education John White, who is also a visitor to the Program on Education Policy and Governance this fall.

The press release also said Bush would participate in study groups, the Program’s fall colloquia, and the Graduate School of Education’s Askwith Forum, which consists of a series of public lectures addressing important issues in education.

In addition to his fellowship this semester, Bush will deliver the annual Edwin L. Godkin lecture at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum on Thursday. According to the press release, Bush’s talk will focus on challenges to economic and social mobility in the United States and will be co-moderated by Peterson and Economics professor Roland G. Fryer.

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