The Gerald Ford Centennial: 2013

Honoring a citizen, public servant, and leader

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July 14, 2013 marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of President Gerald R. Ford (AB '35 and HLLD '74). President Ford's legacy is very much alive here at the Ford School, which was named for the University's most distinguished alumnus in 1999.

We simply could not be more proud to bear his name. The values that distinguished him remain so relevant to policy students: his lifelong commitment to principled public service, his integrity, and his ability to reach across the aisle to forge consensus.

We actively celebrated that remarkable life and legacy throughout 2013, with events such as the University of Michigan Tribute to Mrs. Betty Ford, a visit from the president's Energy Czar Frank Zarb, a special panel discussion of "Black and Blue," and more.

General Brent Scowcroft visited the school in April to dedicate a scale model of President Ford's sculpture found in the Capitol Rotunda. Former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill was our Ford Centennial commencement speaker. See below for a full listing of our celebratory activities and publications.

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How you can get involved

Upcoming events

Save The Date: October 31 - November 1, 2014
An alumni reunion 100 years in the making… You won’t want to miss the Ford School’s Centennial Reunion. More details to come.

Past events

July 11, 2013: Worldwide Ford School Spirit Day
Ford School alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends around the globe gathered to toast President Ford’s birthday (actual date: July 14) at the 3rd annual Worldwide Ford School Spirit Day.

June 19, 2013: Policy Reflections (New York City)
56th U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and Paul O’Neill contributed to the Ford School’s “Policy Reflections” series, detailing their experiences with the Ford administration.

May 5, 2013: Ford School 2013 Commencement Ceremony
72nd U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and member of the Ford administration, Paul O’Neill delivered the Charge to the Class of 2013.

April 16, 2013: Statue Unveiling
General Brent Scowcroft delivered remarks at the installation of a scale model of President Ford’s statue from the Capitol Rotunda in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.

March 28, 2013: CLOSUP in Grand Rapids
Timely discussion of state and local issues, hosted at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.

January 23, 2013: Black & Blue
Steve Ford and Buzz Thomas joined the Ford School community for a special screening of the documentary detailing Gerald Ford and Willis Ward’s lifelong friendship.

October 17, 2012: Frank Zarb visits the Ford School
The Ford administration’s energy czar met with students to discuss the difficulties of developing effective energy policy in the United States.

October 11, 2012: U-M Betty Ford Tribute
Family and friends gathered at President Ford’s alma mater to honor the life and legacy of a truly inspiring First Lady.


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