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Ford50: Commemorating an exceptional presidency

Fifty years ago, at a time of great division and turbulence in the U.S., Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as the 38th president of the United States.

President Ford's legacy is very much alive here at the Ford School of Public Policy, and we are proud to bear his name. The values that distinguished him remain so relevant to policy students: his lifelong commitment to principled public service, his integrity, and his ability to connect across differences to forge consensus.

In many ways, members of the Ford School community—our alumni, students, and friends—are carrying on President Ford’s living and lasting legacy through our dedication to the public good.

This year, the Ford School commemorates 50 years since President Ford took office with public events, contests (with great prizes!), and other fun ways to celebrate.

Community event

Spirit Day - July 11

Each July, Ford School alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends gather in the name of President Ford on or near his birthday (on July 14!) to socialize, network, and most importantly celebrate what binds us together—our collective Ford School experiences. Find a location near you to celebrate. More information coming soon!
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Community event

Ford School Reunion - September 13

Connect with fellow Fordies during homecoming weekend and join us for a distinguished panel discussion examining the Nixon Pardon. More information coming soon about reunion events and how to purchase football tickets to watch our National Champions take on Arkansas State.
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Steady and True

In praise of public servants

Our spring 2024 edition of State & Hill uplifts voices from our community to illustrate the value of a professional, well-trained, dedicated workforce—serving us all in federal, state, and local governments across the U.S. We present eight MPP alums: professional, creative problem solvers who have dedicated their careers to federal and local government service. Read also the perspectives of five of our faculty members who share why public sector leadership matters and how they challenge our students to make difficult tradeoffs and get the facts right.
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