The Elton and Janice Gallegly Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement
A pathway to public service.
The Elton and Janice Gallegly Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement at California Lutheran University is a non-partisan center for students seeking meaningful ways to serve in the government and nonprofit arenas. The Center works in partnership with the University's Master of Public Policy and Administration program and is exploring additional learning opportunities with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
The Center is named in honor of Rep. Elton Gallegly and his wife, Janice. Rep. Gallegly
retired from Congress in 2012 after completing his 13th term of service. He is the
longest serving congressional representative in Ventura County history.
The future of Democracy will depend on the quality and the character of the men and women that we prepare for public service.—Elton Gallegly
I have learned so much about the public sector, seen the many directions my career can take, and gained an understanding of my own character. I want to be an active member of my community, continue to participate in our country’s democratic process, and be an employee with strong morals and values. Thanks to the Gallegly Public Service Fellowship, I know I can reach goals I never even imagined.—Dalia Flores '16, Public Service Fellow
Every year, California Lutheran University’s Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) program, housed in the School of Management, awards recent graduates from an undergraduate program (from any university) the Reagan-Gallegly Fellowship, named after the 40th president of the United States and former U.S. Representative from California Elton W. Gallegly.
Supported by the Elton and Janice Gallegly Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement, Reagan-Gallegly Fellows receive a generous scholarship to pursue their MPPA degree over the course of one year. The fellowship allows students to concentrate on their studies in the MPPA program, which prepares students for leadership roles in the public and nonprofit sectors.
As part of the program, students have the opportunity to participate in a number of curricular and extra-curricular experiential learning opportunities such as the Sacramento Institute, study trips to Washington, D.C., or internships and event participation at the Ronald Reagan Foundation and Presidential Institute and the Reagan Library.
Meet Our Fellows
The University aims to sponsor speakers or symposia that address urgent challenges, promising practices and policies, and viable solutions facing our world today. Our goal is to bring local experts together to engage in spirited conversations that examine critical issues and current events from various perspectives and vantage points.
Archive and Collection
The Gallegly Center Archive and Collection focuses on the management, storage, preservation, and display of Rep. Gallegly's government documents, correspondence, and papers over the course of his 33-year career in public service.
Highlights include his work in:
- Expanding the European Union throughout Europe, the Balkans, and the Baltics
- Chairing the first hearings on the 9/11 Commission's recommendations
- Supporting efforts related to the Good Friday Accord that brought peace to Northern Ireland
- Leading the fight against cruelty to animals
- Establishing the Port of Hueneme as the only deep-water port between Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The Gallegly Center also provides a working space where the Reagan-Gallegly Fellows, visiting scholars, and other members of the community can collaborate on group projects or conduct research.
A group of California archival experts have been engaged to ensure the Gallegly papers will be available for scholars and researchers for many years to come. The archiving process is currently underway (Summer 2021) in accordance with best practices for preserving congressional papers. We look forward to housing the collection in the Gallegly Center to allow easy access for those interested in the collection.
The Elton and Janice Gallegly Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement is located in the Pearson Library. The space is intended to be a hub for engaging, nonpartisan thought-leadership about the important issues facing our world. The area also includes study and collaboration space and will be home to the Gallegly archives.