"I commend the Center for the Study of the Presidency for your ongoing efforts to promote research and dialogue that strengthens our country and helps prepare our next generation of leaders. Your work contributes to a future of promise for all."
George W. Bush
"Throughout its history, the Center has been a beacon for students of American Government. Its lectures and conferences have provided forums for spirited debate .... Its fellowship programs have given students from across the country the opportunity to participate in active political discourse...."
William Jefferson Clinton
Who We Are
The Center for the Study of the Presidency is a non-partisan and non-profit organization. Inspired by Dwight Eisenhower's 1969 call for programs on the American Presidency for "students old and young," its founders included Dr. R. Gordon Hoxie, a historian and Chancellor of Long Island University, who became the first President of the Center, and Arthur T. Roth, Board Vice Chair at Long Island University, who became the first Chairman of the Center's Board of Trustees.
For most of its existence, the Center has focused on educating young leaders. As part of the Center Fellows Program, Dr. Hoxie brought students to Washington, DC to learn about the policy process and the history of American government. While the Center retains its original purpose through the continuation of the Fellows Program and the award-wining Presidential Studies Quarterly, the Center has undergone several important changes.
In 1999, the Center moved to its present location in Washington, DC where it also gained a new president, Dr. David M. Abshire. With new leadership and expanded headquarters, CSP has increasingly engaged in programs that study, inform, and advise the federal government.
The Center brings together experts from government, academia, and the corporate world on key issues facing the Presidency. Although program inititiatives change from time to time, all Center activities rest largely upon the following four pillars: