Statements

The following statements by Texas A&M University current and former officials are free to use by media. Please use names and titles exactly as noted.

John Sharp, Chancellor
Texas A&M University System

Not only was George H.W. Bush one of the greatest presidents in our nation’s history, he also was one of the finest men to serve our country in so many ways. We are proud to call him a son of Texas A&M University and will do everything in our power, through his presidential library, to keep his memory and accomplishments alive for all time.

Michael K. Young, President
Texas A&M University

On President Bush’s values aligning with those of Texas A&M: “The underlying themes that ran through the administration are so consistent with Texas A&M’s values – love of country, love of one another and public service as a noble calling. This shared ethos began and solidified the wonderful relationship between the university and President Bush, one which will continue in perpetuity through the Bush School, Bush Foundation and Bush Presidential Library & Museum.”

On President Bush as a personal role model: "I thought there was real integrity in the Bush administration. There was this genuine passion to make the world safer, to make the world better, to stimulate economic growth that would benefit each other. The two constant questions were ‘Does this make people better off and how does it make people better off?’ And that to me was always kind of a guiding star."

On President Bush’s focus on people: "I think more than most public servants he [Bush] really had a powerful focus on improving the lives of people. I hope as we reflect on his legacy, that focus becomes an even more powerful part of our university. We strive to continue his mission to make the world a better place for people."

Mark A. Welsh III, Dean
The Bush School of Government & Public Service
Texas A&M University

This is a terribly sad day for the Bush School and for our nation. We’ve lost a great leader, a great patriot and a great role model. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Bush family. They’ve lost someone who can never be replaced.

David Jones, Chief Executive Officer
George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation

Even as his fellow citizens mourn the loss of this great and good man, we also celebrate with gratitude that George Bush’s life of high purpose and meaning helped to shape the world in which we now live.

Today, millions more people around the globe live in freedom — while at home the Americans for Disabilities Act enabled millions to become fuller partners in the American Dream, and the Clean Air Act helped all of us breath cleaner air — because a man of George Bush’s rare vision, decency and leadership stepped into the arena and honored his pledge to ‘make kinder the face of the nation, and gentler the face of the world.

Most of all, our 41st President leaves behind a sterling example of service — public service, selfless service, honorable service. The Bush Foundation, the Bush Library and the Bush School are dedicated to preserving and keeping alive this legacy of service, as we tell the remarkable story of George and Barbara Bush and prepare tomorrow’s leaders for careers in public service. I can think of no more worthwhile or important task for our country and its future.

Warren Finch, Director
George H.W. Bush Presidential Library

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family of President Bush on his passing. President Bush spent most of his life serving the public and had a long career in both domestic politics and foreign affairs. He was also a devoted husband and dedicated father and grandfather.

President Bush was intimately involved in the Presidential Library and local community from attending exhibit openings and forums to frequently being seen in the museum and surrounding grounds. So many people here have been touched by his life and knowing him personally. Through his Presidential Library and Museum we will continue to honor his life and legacy with our utmost reverence.

Dr. Robert Gates, 22nd President & Interim Dean, 1999 – 2001
Texas A&M University
The Bush School of Government & Public Service

America has lost its finest public servant, the world has lost a great statesman, and I — like so many others — have lost a dear friend and long-time mentor. George H. W. Bush was a perfect role model, always placing the best interests of his country before self and above politics. Sadly, he is gone, but the great memories and many life lessons will endure — as will his place on the roster of great American leaders and in the hearts of all who were blessed to call him friend.

Ambassador Ryan Crocker, Former Dean
The Bush School of Government & Public Service

We witnessed the collapse of the East Bloc, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the reunification of Germany, the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait, and the end of the Soviet Union. Under less able leadership, we could have run aground on any of these. His knowledge, experience, judgment and understanding ensured that we did not. America and the world owe him a debt that can never be repaid. As the Irish say, his like will not be seen here again.

Amy Sharp, Student Body President
Texas A&M University

As Student Body President, and on behalf of the more than 69,000 students of Texas A&M University, I offer our love and sincerest condolences to the entire Bush family. As the namesake of the Bush School of Government and Public Service, we will continue to honor his legacy through our work, studies, and service to our community. To our state, our nation, and to those abroad, we at Texas A&M will continue to breathe life into the phrase "Public service is a noble calling," which the former president taught us so well. I was honored to be asked by the Bush family, along with a student from the Bush School, to be an honorary pallbearer on behalf of our students."

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