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Bush Institute Director Holly Kuzmich Will Present Annual Halbrook Lecture

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Holly Kuzmich

Holly Kuzmich, director of the George W. Bush Institute in Dallas, Texas, will be the featured speaker for Taylor University’s annual Halbrook Lecture Series, scheduled for Monday, April 23. Kuzmich’s presentation will be in the Butz-Carruth Recital Hall in the Smith-Hermanson Music Center at 7:30 pm.

Kuzmich serves as Executive Director of the George W. Bush Institute and Senior Vice President at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. According to her biography, she oversees the strategy and management of the Bush Institute, an action-oriented policy organization that cultivates leaders, fosters policies to solve today’s most pressing challenges, and takes action to save and change lives. Specific areas of focus within the Institute include education reform, economic growth, human freedom and democracy, global health, the military service initiative, the women’s initiative, and the Presidential Leadership Scholars program. She also serves as a member of the management team of the Bush Center, leading strategic planning and budgeting and board relations.

Previously, Kuzmich was Vice President and COO of Margaret Spellings and Company, a public policy consulting firm with a specialty in education and workforce issues at the national, state, and local levels. She also served as the Assistant Secretary for Legislation and Congressional Affairs and Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Education. In those roles, she served as the main liaison with Congress, the White House, and the Office of Management and Budget on education policy issues including the No Child Left Behind Act and the Higher Education Act.

Kuzmich came to the Department of Education from the White House Domestic Policy Council, where she served as Associate Director for Education. Prior to that, she spent five years working in the U.S. Senate on domestic policy issues. 

A native of South Bend, Indiana, Kuzmich received her bachelor's degree from Northwestern University.

The Halbrook Freedom Lecture Series is funded with a grant from the Halbrook Family Foundation, based in St. Augustine, Florida.