Welcome

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.

 


Programming Suggestions

Have you ever listened to a podcast, watched or attended a lecture, read a book/article and wanted to bring the speaker/conversation to your community? Now’s your chance! The Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies wants your input on potential speakers, topics, and programs. We’re serious, we want to hear your ideas!

 Click here to fill out a suggestion form! 


Recent Past Events

CLA graduation video

Democracy and Religion

Civil Discourse Symposium


GVNext News Coverage

Pamphlets of the Hidden Wounds of War Conference

PTSD, mental health focus of Hidden Wounds of War Conference

The annual conference presented by the Hauenstein Center identifies PTSD's roots and helps develop pathways for therapy and treatment.

May 13, 2022

Wayman Britt delivers speech during Wheelhouse Talks series

Teacher's words inspired Wheelhouse Talks speaker

Wayman Britt, former county administrator/controller for Kent County, spoke to the graduating students from the Cook Leadership Academy on April 28 as part of the Wheelhouse Talks series.

May 3, 2022

GVSU experts Paul Isely, Scott Lingenfelter and Heather Tafel

Hauenstein Center hosting panel discussion on Ukraine-Russia conflict

The Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies will host a discussion April 13, featuring three GVSU lecturers analyzing the Russian invasion of Ukraine and its political and economic ramifications for the two nations, Europe and the world.

Apr 11, 2022

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