Gerald R Ford

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A life of public service, in quotes and pictures

Apr 24, 2024
A Life of Service: Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as the 38th president of the United States 50 years ago. His dedication to public service can be seen throughout his life, as an Eagle Scout, serving in World War II, serving in Congress for 25 years...
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Letter from Dean Watkins-Hayes

Apr 24, 2024
Warm spring greetings from Ann Arbor! This year we commemorate 50 years since Gerald R. Ford took office as U.S. President, after the unprecedented resignation of disgraced Richard...
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Our new dean, Celeste Watkins-Hayes

Dec 12, 2023
State & Hill sat down with the Ford School’s new dean to reflect on her scholarship, her mentors, and Gerald Ford   State & Hill: Tell us about your intellectual journey to leading the Ford School. Celeste Watkins-Hayes: What you see in my...

Bryant named 2023 Gerald R. Ford Presidential Fellow

Sep 27, 2023
Honoring the legacy of President Ford, Kathleen Bryant (MPP ‘25) and previous fellows exemplify the president’s commitment to bipartisan cooperation and civility, community service, and public sector service. Each year, the Gerald R. Ford...

Michigan Heritage Project examines "Professor Ford"

May 18, 2023
The Michigan Heritage Project has examined the legacy of President Gerald Ford's stint as a professor at the University of Michigan.   The full article can be read here. (Additional articles about the Ford legacy can be seen on the Ford School...

Remembering former Dean Rebecca M. Blank

Feb 20, 2023
The Ford School mourns the loss of former dean Rebecca M. Blank, an economist and educator who served in high-level U.S. government and academic positions. Her tenure as dean from 1999-2007 was transformational: the school was officially named after...
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A man of enormous integrity: How the Ford School got its name

Nov 14, 2019
In December 1977, at the annual party of the Institute of Public Policy Studies (IPPS), a young graduate student named James McIntire (MPP ’78) found himself chatting with the Institute’s director, the political scientist Jack L. Walker, Jr. Out...

An assessment of the Nixon pardon

Sep 13, 2024, 4:00 pm EDT
Joan and Sanford Weill Hall Annenberg Auditorium (1120)
On the 50th anniversary of Gerald R. Ford's pardon of Richard Nixon, a re-assessment of the relevance of that action in today's political landscape. After being vilified, and then lionized as a great act of patriotism, in this era of seeming impunity, what is the significance of that unique, historical pardon? 

Nixon resignation anniversary

Aug 8, 2024, 12:00 pm EDT
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation
The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation will host a panel discussion looking back on the resignation announcement by President Richard Nixon. 

Gerald R. Ford wreath-laying

Jul 14, 2024, 12:00 pm EDT
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
Annual wreath-laying ceremony at the Ford Presidential Museum 

The legacy of Watergate

Jan 24, 2024, 7:00 pm EST
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library 1000 Beal Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Join the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, and Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy as we explore the legacy of Watergate fifty years on.