The longest and largest fundraising initiative in the Miller Center’s 35-year history surged past its $39 million goal to a total of $43 million in philanthropic commitments more than a year ahead of schedule. The Campaign for the Miller Center, although conceived as an integral component of the overarching $3 billion Campaign for the University of Virginia, was designed to provide direct and comprehensive support for all the programs of the Miller Center in three primary programmatic areas — Academic, Public and Policy — and to make pointed improvements to the historic grounds of the Miller Center. “We envisioned the campaign as providing the means whereby the Miller Center would establish itself as the nation’s pre-eminent nonpartisan institution focused on the American presidency, political history and public policy,” said Director Gerald L. Baliles. During the campaign, $7.5 million was raised for public and policy programs, $12.5 million for academic programs and endowed professorships, $8 million for operations and building enhancements and restorations, and $10 million in bequests and expectancies.
James R. Schlesinger Distinguished Professorship
The James R. Schlesinger Distinguished Professorship was created in 2007. It provides a unique opportunity for public servants with experience in foreign policy and national security to participate as visiting faculty in Miller Center programs, interact with students at UVA and engage in writing with support from the Miller Center. Schlesinger served as secretary of defense from 1973 to 1975 and as the nation’s first energy secretary from 1977 to 1979. He also held leadership roles with the Central Intelligence Agency and the Atomic Energy Commission during a distinguished career in public service. Schlesinger taught economics at UVA from 1955 to 1963.
National War Powers Commission
The Miller Center’s National War Powers Commission, the report of which received national and international attention, was formed in 2007. Subsequent to the report, hearings were held in the U.S. House and Senate. More recently, the Miller Center’s National War Powers Commission Report is the subject of a bipartisan working group in the U.S. Senate, co-chaired by Sens. Tim Kaine, D-Va., and John McCain, R-Ariz., which is focused on reforming the war powers resolution. In addition, the national Intercollegiate Debating Organization has selected the War Powers Report as the national topic for debate in the academic year 2013-14.
Gifts at Work
Advancing Presidential Scholarship, Public Policy and Political History
Gifts to the Miller Center enable it to pursue its mission of expanding understanding of the presidency, policy and political history, and providing critical insights for the nation’s governance challenges. Support through the campaign helped create many new programs, conferences and other projects at the Miller Center, including the following: a national debate series, nationally broadcast on PBS, that included an ABC debate series for the 2012 presidential election year; two ongoing national conferences held at the National Press Club annually — the David R. Goode National Transportation Conference and the Mortimer Caplin Conference on the World Economy; a National Commission on War Powers co-chaired by James Baker and Warren Christopher, former secretaries of state; the William and Carol Stevenson Conference; and the William C. Battle Symposium on American Diplomacy. Funding was also provided for the William J. Clinton and the George W. Bush Presidential Oral History projects.