With the current policy landscape full of challenges, the Hoover Institution can be relied on to offer thoughtful discourse and practical solutions to help our nation advance. From its founding as a library and archives ninety-five years ago, Hoover has evolved in line with its founder's vision of a dynamic institution offering “effective guidance for the future of our people and of mankind everywhere.” Led by the principles of individual liberty, private enterprise, and limited representative government, Hoover scholarship advances ideas defining a free society, arming citizens and policy leaders with the knowledge to safeguard their freedoms and build a stronger nation.
With its eyes to the future, the Institution has launched strategic initiatives on many fronts in recent years. All have served to strengthen the three pillars supporting Hoover's mission: research (the fellowship and their work), knowledge (the Library & Archives), and communications. Four major initiatives are well under way:
- Recruiting new fellows to the Institution, with an eye toward youth as well as leadership potential
- Launching new institutional research initiatives that complement our fellows' individual research agendas and address critical policy issues
- Recruiting the next generation of senior directors, who will bolster the administrative leadership for years to come
- Enhancing the facilities of a growing Institution with a new building on Stanford's campus and expanded offices in Washington, DC
Research has flourished as Hoover has embraced an innovative methodology that combines Hoover fellows and scholars from Stanford and elsewhere to work collaboratively on long-term policy initiatives. By convening the world's foremost authorities, we are able to synthesize ideas, offer new perspectives, and convey the findings to a broad constituency.
In recent years, associate directors have been appointed to take Hoover's Library & Archives, Office of Development, and Communications programs to new heights, while the strength of Hoover scholarship is benefiting from outstanding additions to our fellowship.
The Hoover Institution in Washington took a significant step forward this past year by opening a new, expanded office space, strategically located to enhance the convening power of Hoover scholars. Plans for a new building on the Stanford campus are also progressing. An architect has been selected, and groundbreaking is set for the summer of 2015, with building completion projected for the summer of 2017.
With these undertakings well in hand, Hoover is poised for a transition to new leadership after twenty-five years of John Raisian's singular guidance. The current search and selection process should bring the new director on board to coincide with John's anticipated departure on September 1, 2015. Looking forward, new strategic priorities are building momentum to launch the Institution into its next phase of sustained growth and impact.
In support of its mission to “dynamically point the road to peace, to personal freedom, and to the safeguards of the American system,” Hoover is placing renewed focus on public policy education to equip citizens and political leaders with pertinent facts, historical knowledge, and analytic insights relating to the ongoing national dialogue. Scholarly tradition, the endowment of knowledge within its Library & Archives, and its affiliation with Stanford University uniquely position Hoover to be an elite educator of public policy.
With its outstanding intellectual capital, unparalleled institutional characteristics, and unwavering mission seeking peace and prosperity, Hoover is poised to continue its distinguished role, informing the national conversation and striving for positive solutions to societal challenges. We look forward to generating and sharing many more ideas defining a free society over the coming years.