Each July, the Hoover Institution’s Board of Overseers—a core component of Hoover leadership that offers crucial guidance and financial support—convenes with fellows and directors at the institution’s Stanford University headquarters for the Summer Board of Overseers Meeting.
The 2018 meeting—Hoover’s first in the David and Joan Traitel Building—came on the heels of a number of exciting institutional announcements, including the return of H. R. McMaster to Hoover to serve as the Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow; recent testimony on Capitol Hill by David and Joan Traitel Senior Fellow Scott W. Atlas and other fellows; and several new PolicyEd.org projects dealing with issues such as entitlements and political polarization.
The meeting also gave fellows the opportunity to brief overseers about important issues in national policy and the news cycle. Research fellow and legal scholar Adam White gave overseers a comprehensive briefing about President Trump’s nomination of federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the soon-to-be-vacated seat of Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy. Hoover also welcomed guest speaker Daniel Henninger, deputy editorial page editor at the Wall Street Journal, who gave an insider update about the forces putting downward pressure on the quality of news in the United States.
We are pleased to share below a number of behind-the-scenes photos from the 2018 Summer Board of Overseers Meeting, highlighting the combination of camaraderie and dedication that make this conference unique among Hoover’s many annual events.