News Releases from The Robertson Foundation for Government


February 1, 2012

Bipartisan Policy Center

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WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2012 -- Former Senator Chuck Robb and General (ret.) Chuck Wald Call for Diplomacy, Tough Sanctions and Visible Preparations for Military Action

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the Bipartisan Policy Center's (BPC) National Security Project released its fourth report on Iran's nuclear development urging the United States to immediately adopt a triple-track strategy that simultaneously pursues diplomacy, tough sanctions and credible, visible preparations for military action on the part of the United States or Israel. According to the report, Meeting the Challenge: Stopping the Clock, co-authored by a 13-member bipartisan task force of prominent experts co-chaired by former Senator Chuck Robb and retired General Charles Wald, the best hope for a peaceful, diplomatic solution is for the U.S. to show its resolve in doing whatever is necessary to prevent a nuclear Iran, including taking military action.

military option or that option will become the only alternative outcome," said retired General Chuck Wald.

President Obama's diplomatic outreach and the stricter sanctions passed by Congress," said former Senator Chuck Robb. "But the time has come for American leaders to openly discuss the potential consequences of this looming crisis and to take initial preparatory steps for military action against Iran as a last resort."

Michael Makovsky, the director of the report and BPC's National Security Project. "It is precisely a public recognition of a viable military option that could reduce or even preclude its need," he added. The report also recommends Congress hold hearings to discuss the viability, costs and dangers of military action. While the co-authors support additional tough sanctions, the report calls on Congress to regularly assess the effectiveness of such sanctions in stopping Iran's nuclear program. Further, the report urges Congress to approve delivery of 200 GBU-31 bunker buster bombs and 3 KC-135 aerial refueling tankers to Israel to help bolster its capability to strike Iran's nuclear installations, if necessary, and help convince the Iranians that a diplomatic solution serves its best interests.

weapons program peacefully."

BPC recommends that the United States impose a quarantine on all refined petroleum imports into Iran. And if that fails, the report asserts that the U.S. military is capable of launching an effective surgical air strike against Iran's nuclear program.

uranium enrichment over the past two years, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency. Iran has also tested advanced centrifuges and continued its weaponization program. "Bold leadership is required," Wald said. "We must stop Iran's nuclear clock by using 'all elements of U.S. power,' as President Obama pledged to do in 2009."

Task Force Members






Senator Charles Robb (co-chair)

General (ret.) Charles Wald (co-chair) 

Former Governor of and U.S.           

Former Deputy Commander of U.S.           

Senator from Virginia   (D)                 

European Command; BPC Board Member 




Representative Chris Carney (D)    

John Hannah      

General (ret.) Ron Keys

Former U.S. Representative     

Former National Security          

Senior Adviser, BPC; Former

from Pennsylvania            

Adviser to Vice President         

Commander, Air Combat Command 


Dick Cheney     


Ambassador Eric Edelman        


Stephen Rademaker 

Former Undersecretary of         

Ed Husain          

Former Assistant Secretary of State 

Defense for Policy                   

Senior Fellow for Middle     

for Arms Control and Nonproliferation


Eastern Studies, Council       


Secretary Dan Glickman

on Foreign Relations

Representative John Tanner (D) 

BPC Senior Fellow; Former      


Former U.S. Representative 

Secretary of Agriculture                        

Admiral (ret.) Grog                 

from Tennessee




Larry Goldstein    

Former Commander of   

Mortimer Zuckerman 

Director of Special Projects,        

U.S. Naval Forces, Europe       

CEO and Chairman of the Board of  

Energy Policy Research       


Directors, Boston Properties, Inc. 

Foundation, Inc.



For more information on Meeting the Challenge: Stopping the Clock and the BPC"s Iran Initiative, please visit:   

About the Bipartisan Policy Center: Founded in 2007 by former U.S. Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole, and George Mitchell, Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) is a non-profit organization that drives principled solutions through rigorous analysis, reasoned negotiation and respectful dialogue. With projects in multiple issue areas, BPC combines politically balanced policymaking with strong, proactive advocacy and outreach.

SOURCE Bipartisan Policy Center

October 24, 2011

Coverage by School

Maryland (see the changing banner top right)
Announced via Twitter
Submitted to a university electronic newsletter that is distributed to all registered undergraduate students on campus

UCSD (updated student profiles)

Print Newsletter (teaser on Pg 1 and story on Pg 7)


Bush School News - 10/11/2011

TAMUTIMES - (Texas A&M University electronic publication - distribution 61,302)

Home page

Bush School Prospective Student section under financial

Bush School scholarship section of the web site

Tweeted to Bush School followers

Posted on the Bush School facebook


BUSH SCHOOL E-Chronicle Newsletter (online newsletter)
(Note: A second article will be included in the fall, 2011 edition)

BUSH SCHOOL PRINT NEWSLETTER - (See attached pdf - front page notice and full story on page 7)

Texas A&M University's media relations department sent it out to the media outlets listed below.
Thus far, the following outlet has picked it up.

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AbouTown Press

Battalion, The
College Station

Bryan-College Station Eagle, The

Clear Channel Radio
San Antonio


College Station

Bryan/College Station







Maroon Weekly
College Station

Temple Daily Telegram - Cameron Bureau

College Station

Maryland (see the changing banner top right)
Announced via Twitter
Submitted to a university electronic newsletter that is distributed to all registered undergraduate students on campus

UCSD (updated student profiles)


OCTOBER 17, 2011

Robertson Fellows: Serving America Around the World
Foundation expands graduate program for students committed to Federal Government Service

OCTOBER 14, 2011

Maxwell School names two Robertson Fellows
The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs enters its second year of collaboration with the Robertson Foundation for Government by naming the two ...

OCTOBER 13, 2011

Maryland (see the changing banner top right)
Announced via Twitter
Submitted to a university electronic newsletter that is distributed to all registered undergraduate students on campus

UCSD (updated student profiles)


OCTOBER 12, 2011
$450000 Gift from the Robertson Foundation for Government ...
$450000 Gift from the Robertson Foundation for Government Continues to Create Opportunities for UC San Diego Graduate Students.
New Class of Robertson ...

OCTOBER 11, 2011

Timothy "Bo" Kemper

In March, Timothy "Bo" Kemper became the first executive director of the Robertson Foundation for Government (RFG), a new philanthropy dedicated to cultivating talented public servants for the federal government. RFG was founded this past spring by the family of the late Charles and Marie Robertson, using proceeds from a $50 million settlement with Princeton University. (Please see "Tiger's Intent," Philanthropy, Winter 2009.)

One of RFG's top priorities is protecting the charitable intent of Charles and Marie Robertson, as originally stated for their gift to Princeton: "to strengthen the Government of the United States and increase its ability and determination to defend and extend freedom throughout the world by improving the facilities for the training and education of men and women for government service" (especially in foreign affairs).

"When we negotiate with our partner universities, we're very explicit what the mission of the foundation is, what the intent of the donation is, and what the requirements of the institution and the fellows are," Kemper says. "Each fellow will have to read part of the Robertson mission statement and sign off on it. We're doing everything we can to eliminate any misunderstanding."

Another lesson from the Princeton litigation: "The Robertson Foundation is not awarding any money right now for endowments," Kemper adds. Instead, RFG is creating graduate fellowship programs at partner colleges. The first five are the University of Maryland, the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, the Fletcher School at Tufts University, the George Bush School at Texas A&M University, and the University of Southern California. Kemper hopes to have 16 fellows starting in the fall of 2010. After completing their degrees (and two years in the fellowship), fellows are required to serve three years in the federal government and be proficient in a foreign language.

"The whole idea of developing this cohort of Robertson Fellows from different universities is that once they get into federal service, they can help each other get jobs, move up, and develop an esprit de corps," Kemper explains. The rationale, he says, is greater than ever: "There's going to be a significant exodus of federal employees over the next ten years." Thus, RFG will expand continue expanding its fellowship programs, and its work will grow to include mid-career training as well as public policy.

RFG is a family foundation chaired by William Robertson, Charles and Marie's son. The family is "very active" in RFG, Kemper explains. "Bill Robertson is very, very involved in day-to-day operations," he adds. "It's a tremendous testimony to the Robertson family that they've taken this settlement and rolled it into a new foundation in an effort to make America a better, safer place for everyone. It's a tremendously patriotic mission, and tremendously important to the family."

Kemper is no stranger to start-up foundations. He was involved in launching a Chicago-based family foundation, where he served as president, and the Children's Scholarship Fund, where he was executive director. Prior to joining RFG, Kemper was vice president for institutional advancement at Marian University. He has held positions in business, finance, philanthropy, and higher education, and he received his MBA from Northwestern University and his B.S. in psychology from Arizona State University. He is a board member of several educational and civic organizations.

As project manager for the late Steve Fossett's expeditions, Kemper holds nine absolute world records and six world's firsts in ballooning and nine absolute world speed sailing records. He is a fellow of the Explorers Club and the Royal Geographical Society.

SEPTEMBER 23, 2011
Bush School of Government and Public Service - Texas A&M ...
The program was instituted at the Bush School in 2010 with a grant of $386400 over four years from the Robertson Foundation for Government (RFFG). ...


The Robertson Foundation for Government has announced the following developments:

Operations Begin

March 16, 2010 -
New Foundation Will Encourage Federal Government Service, Foreign Policy Careers

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CONTACT:Jennifer Berkowitz - (828) 687-2633

“Seeking to Prepare Leaders”


WASHINGTON – A new foundation supporting top U.S. graduate students who plan to pursue federal government careers in national security, foreign policy and international affairs has named 11 students at four universities as its first class of fellows. The Robertson Fellows all will receive full scholarships and full internship stipends from the Robertson Foundation for Government and have committed to work for the federal government for a minimum of three of their first five years after graduation.

“It is my family’s hope and expectation,” said Robertson Foundation for Government (RFFG) Chairman William Robertson, “that most of the Robertson Fellows will choose federal government service as a career. We will encourage them to do so and support them in that direction. With the many challenges the United States faces, the federal government needs all of the professional talent it can muster. Over time, our family hopes to steer hundreds of America’s ‘best and brightest’ into this critical talent pool.”

The family foundation has committed $50 million to the new program and will expand it over time, a spokesman said.

“The Robertson Fellowship program is modeled after the Service Academies in some ways.  After graduation, Robertson Fellows are required to serve in a federal government agency or department for three years,” said RFFG Executive Director Timothy (Bo) Kemper. “A commitment to service is integral to the program.”

Kemper encouraged federal recruiters to contact the foundation to discuss such opportunities.  

Robertson agreed: “Hundreds of very bright students graduate from U.S. colleges and universities each year. We are interested only in those who are seriously interested in federal government careers. That is why we require the Robertson Fellows to spend at least three of their first five years following completion of their programs working for the government.”

 The initial class of Robertson Fellows includes four first-year graduate students at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, two at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, two at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, and three at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego.  Additional universities will be added in the future – as will a second class of students at the four existing schools, to be named at the start of the 2011-2012 academic year.

Based in Juno Beach, Florida, the Robertson Foundation for Government is a nonprofit family foundation started by the children and other relatives of the late Charles and Marie Robertson, philanthropists who in 1961 donated $35 million to start a program with a similar objective at a prominent ivy-league university.  

In a statement announcing the new program, the Robertson family said: “We are committed to making our parents’ vision a reality: helping the United States navigate the difficult foreign policy shoals that lie ahead by preparing some of America’s most gifted and highly motivated students for federal government careers in foreign policy, national security, trade and related disciplines”.

“The Robertson Foundation for Government is not looking for students who see government service as an option; it is looking for students who see government service as a potential calling. It is not looking for students who see a short-term stint in government as a stepping stone to something else; it is looking for students committed to government service as a career. And it is not looking for students who will be comfortable as anonymous cogs in a giant machine; it is looking for students who hope to become tomorrow’s foreign-policy leaders and help our country formulate and implement policy.”

“What makes this program unique,” the family said, “is that we’re virtually the only private foundation in the United States to be in this space, supporting students interested in pursuing federal government careers in foreign policy, national security and international affairs.

“In the next 10 years there will be a huge outflow of public employees taking retirement. Our country needs to fill those positions with top-quality candidates. The new program will enable top graduate students at some of America’s best universities to pursue government careers without being saddled with tens of thousands of dollars of debt.”



The inaugural class of Robertson Fellows includes the following:

University of Maryland School of Public Policy

Matthew Southerland, a graduate of Georgetown University, has studied in China and Taiwan and has spent the last three years working on Asia-related issues as a research assistant at the RAND Corporation. 

James Trent, a graduate of Juniata College, Huntington, PA, has interned at the Embassy of Afghanistan and has conducted independent research on a variety of issues relating to national and regional security.

Christopher Van Vorhis studied abroad at Fudan University in Shanghai as an undergraduate at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St. Mary’s City, MD. After graduation he continued his studies at Dalian University in Liaoning, China.

Kira West, a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, worked as a government affairs intern with the Council on American Islamic Relations in Philadelphia and on educational campaigns with the Student Anti-Genocide Coalition (STAND).

Southerland’s hometown is Bethesda, Md.; Trent’s is Frederick, Md.; Van Vorhis hails from Salisbury, Md.; and West comes from Melrose Park, Pa.         

Syracuse University – Maxwell School

Charles DeLuca, another Georgetown University graduate, is pursuing a joint master’s in international relations and economics.  His classmate Christopher Grant, a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, is pursuing a joint degree public administration and international relations.

DeLuca is from Deerfield, Mass. Grant’s hometown is Oakton, Va.

Tufts University – Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Christopher Murray, a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Amy Truong, a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, in Hattiesburg, are both enrolled in Fletcher’s Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) program. Murray will focus on national security and foreign policy, Truong on humanitarian affairs.

Murray is a native of Barre, Mass.; Truong hails from San Jose, Calif.

University of California, San Diego School of International Relations and Pacific Studies

Chas Culverwell, a graduate of Brigham Young University, has studied at Nanjing University in China and has worked as a Mandarin curriculum developer.

Katy Donovan, a graduate of Mills College, Oakland, Calif., has studied in Germany.

And Sharon McCoy, a University of Georgia alumna, has studied in Chile and interned with the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC.

Culverwell’s hometown is Caliente, Nev.; Donovan hails from San Francisco, Calif., and McCoy is originally from Angeles City in the Philippines.