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

Bill Nash - PM Presentation

Bill Nash - AM Presentation

CLA graduation video


GVNext News Coverage

Student with the Cook Leadership Academy asks a question during alumni panel

CLA alumni: Build, engage student-mentor relationships

As part of The Wheelhouse Talks, five graduates of the Cook Leadership Academy shared their thoughts and experiences of their time in the academy with the current CLA cohort.

Oct 3, 2022

Photo of book on Constitution's amendments

Authors discuss history, challenges of Constitution's amendments

The Hauenstein Center welcomed John Kowal and Wilfred Codrington as part of its annual Constitution Day celebration to discuss their research and book into the history of the U.S. Constitution's amendments.

Sep 23, 2022

Participants at Talking Together workshop discuss an issue

Talking Together series promotes discussion, unity

The Padnos/Sarosik Center for Civil Discourse, Kaufman Interfaith Institute, Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, and WGVU Public Media formed a partnership to coordinate the initiative's content and programming.

Sep 22, 2022

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