We are as eager as all of you to resume the Hauenstein Center’s thought-provoking in-person events. Though in the meantime, in compliance with the Governor’s executive orders, the CDC recommended guidelines, and Grand Valley’s current policies, please join us for live webinar presentations and on-demand footage from events you missed from our exciting fall lineup of speakers listed inside. We are prepared to transition back to in-person events as soon as we are able to gather safely, so stay tuned!


Welcome to the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University.

What do we do? We support Grand Valley students and their leadership development. We work to advance knowledge and build community in the following areas:

We are a PRESIDENTIAL STUDIES CENTER. Our special collection of works authored by American presidents has been called “a uniquely valuable resource” by the Library of Congress.  

We focus on LEADERSHIP in keeping with the vision of our founder and benefactor, COL Ralph W. Hauenstein, and his friendship with Peter C. Cook. Our primary mission is to foster ethical, effective leadership for the 21st century, and our Peter C. Cook Leadership Academy is at the core of that charge. 

We strive to prepare a new generation of leaders to deal effectively with diverse ideas and cultures through our COMMON GROUND INITIATIVE, a program unique in higher education. All of our conferences and events are free and open to the public.


Recent Past Events

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Current and former GVSU Presidents Haas, Lubbers, Mantella, and Murray, along with Jeffrey Rosen in a Zoom webinar screen.

Despite insurrection, Constitution "worked" during January 6 armed attack on Capitol

Despite a strong challenge in the face of an armed insurrection in the U.S. Capitol on January 6, the U.S. Constitution worked, and ultimately resulted in the peaceful transfer of power from one presidential administration to the next, said Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center.

Feb 24, 2021

Cook Leadership Academy Fellows take part in a virtual session.

Cook Leadership Academy launches new badging system; applications close Feb. 22

The Peter C. Cook Leadership Academy, part of Grand Valley's Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, has launched a new badging system that will help academy fellows better highlight what they learn in the program.

Feb 20, 2021

President Mantella, second from left, with former presidents Haas, left, Murray, second from right, and Lubbers, right.

First Presidential Roundtable to address January 6 Capitol attack, Constitutional issues

Grand Valley State University's four most recent presidents will gather February 24 to host a roundtable discussion regarding the U.S. Constitution and the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

Feb 10, 2021

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