"The Future of Democracy will depend on the quality and the character of the men and women that we prepare for public service."
Cal Lutheran launching the Elton and Janice Gallegly Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement
The Elton and Janice Gallegly Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement at Cal Lutheran will be dedicated to preparing a new generation of leaders. As part of the university's Master's in Public Policy and Administration program, the nonpartisan center will provide students with extensive experiential learning opportunities at the local, state and national levels. The focus is on developing public servants of character and integrity.
Plans for the center include providing student scholarships and public affairs research grants, bringing in visiting scholars and speakers, and hosting forums on public service highlighting leadership and civic engagement.
MPPA Director David Powell and faculty members Haco Hoang and Herb Gooch are developing a combined undergraduate and graduate degree program to put students on a fast track to careers in public service. Students selected for the program will be Gallegly Center Fellows with opportunities to pursue internships in Washington, D.C., Sacramento and locally. As graduate students, the fellows will complete a research project and field practicum that will prepare them for public service careers.
Gallegly, who just left Congress after completing his 13th term, is loaning his legislative and personal papers to Cal Lutheran so that students and faculty can use them for research. He is also donating his desk and other office furniture for display at the university. The Simi Valley resident is the longest serving congressional representative in Ventura County history. He began his public service when he was elected to the Simi Valley City Council in 1979.
Cal Lutheran and Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Library officials are discussing a partnership that could provide additional opportunities. Possibilities include students interning at the library, scholars conducting research at the library while teaching at Cal Lutheran under joint appointments, and the library's distinguished speakers working with students during their visits. Eventually, Cal Lutheran may help the library develop graduate seminars in crisis decision-making.
With Gallegly's help, Cal Lutheran will begin a $4 million fundraising campaign for the center.
For more information, please call (805) 493–3158.