The Architect: Radical Education Reform for the 21st Century


Location: DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, Leighton Concert Hall

The 2011–12 Notre Dame Forum begins with an interactive address led by Jeb Bush, Florida’s former governor and CEO of the Foundation for Educational Excellence. Bush will address the dramatically changing landscape of K–12 education, as well as how the Notre Dame community can play a vital role in providing vision and leadership in crafting a vibrant education sector for all children.

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, will introduce Bush.

Jeb Bush is the 43rd governor of the state of Florida, the only Republican in the state’s history to be reelected, and championed major reform of government programs. In education, Florida raised academic standards, required accountability in public schools, and created the most ambitious school choice program in the nation. Currently, Bush is the president of the consulting firm Jeb Bush and Associates and a senior advisor to Barclays Capital. He is on the boards of several major corporations and is the chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education and the Foundation of Florida’s Future. He serves on the National Civic Leaders Advisory Board of America’s Promise Alliance, the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library, the George W. Bush Institute Board, and the Bloomberg Family Foundation Board.

Tickets for this event are free to University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College, and Holy Cross College students, faculty, and staff for a limited time. The DeBartolo Performing Arts Center will issue tickets for the September 26 and 28 events concurrently. Those presenting a valid ND, SMC or HC ID may collect two tickets per person, for one or both events, from the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center Ticket Office from noon until 6:00 p.m. on the pre-sale dates of Monday, September 19, through Wednesday, September 21. Pre-sale tickets are available only at the ticket office.

On Thursday, September 22, tickets will become available to the general public. For general public tickets, call 574.631.2800, visit the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center website, or visit the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center Ticket Office from noon until 6:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday.