Overseers, Directors, and Scholars Meet at Hoover Headquarters to Discuss Strategy and New Developments in US Policy

The Summer Board of Overseers meeting commenced on July 10th, 2018 with a dinner featuring remarks by Victor Davis Hanson, the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at Hoover. Here Hanson talks with Joel C. Peterson, chairman of Hoover’s Board of Overseers, prior to beginning his presentation.
At this year’s Summer Board of Overseers meeting, several overseers were recognized for making exceptional contributions to the institution through their service on the board. Here Thomas W. Gilligan, the Tad and Dianne Taube Director at Hoover, presents the institution’s Uncommon Commitment Award to Overseer Charles B. Johnson.
Another recipient of the Uncommon Commitment Award was Overseer Robert J. Oster. Recently Hoover was honored to announce that Oster, along with his wife Marion, had generously endowed the Robert and Marion Oster National Security Affairs Fellows Program at the institution, which hosts rising leaders from the armed forces and Department of State for a year of study and professional development.
Hoover also awarded the title of Distinguished Overseer to two supporters at this year’s Summer Board Meeting. Here board chairman Joel C. Peterson presents Distinguished Overseer Burton J. McMurtry with a Sumi-e drawing of Hoover Tower by master painter Drue Kataoka to commemorate the distinction.
Overseer Peter B. Bedford was also honored with the title of Distinguished Overseer, which recognizes overseers who have made a profound impact on the direction and success of the institution during sustained periods of service on the board.
Overseer and Hoover Legacy Society chairman Boyd C. Smith is pictured with his wife Jill (far right) and Director of Marketing and Digital Media Shana Farley (center) following dinner in Blount Hall in Hoover’s David and Joan Traitel Building.
Joshua Rauh, director of research and a senior fellow at Hoover, briefs overseers about new senior and visiting fellows that will be joining the institution in the 2019 academic year. Among the new fellows announced by Rauh is H. R. McMaster, who after serving in the Trump Administration as national security adviser returns to Hoover this fall as the Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow.
John F. Cogan (right), the Leonard and Shirley Ely Senior Fellow at Hoover, speaks with Director of Marketing and Strategic Communications Chris Dauer about a new PolicyEd.org project based on Cogan’s research on the growth of the entitlement state. Their discussion took place during a panel on leveraging the research of Hoover fellows to change policy by educating both government leaders and the electorate at large.
Also on the panel was Scott W. Atlas, the David and Joan Traitel Senior Fellow at Hoover, who discussed testimony on health care that he delivered one month prior before Congress’s Joint Economic Committee.
In addition to discussions about Hoover operations, Board of Overseers meetings also provide opportunities for fellows to brief overseers about recent research and current events. Here Senior Fellow Stephen Kotkin speaks about challenges posed by Russia, China, and Iran to national security and world stability.
Research Fellow Adam White discussed the upcoming retirement of Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy and President Trump’s nomination of federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the seat.
John Taylor, the George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Economics at Hoover and one of the nation’s leading authorities on monetary policy, delivered a talk tilted “The Financial Crisis at 10: Are We Back on Track Yet?”
Kiron Skinner, the W. Glenn Campbell Research Fellow at Hoover, spoke on “America’s Role in Winning the Future,” explaining the United States’ leadership in maintaining international stability and what policies are needed in the years ahead.
In a talk titled “Political Disorder Syndrome,” Wall Street Journal deputy editorial page editor Daniel Henninger explained the forces putting downward pressure on the quality of news in the United States.
Eric Wakin, the Robert H. Malott Director of Hoover’s Library & Archives and deputy director of the Hoover Institution, discussed archival collections pertaining to war in the Taiwan Strait. On display in conjunction with his talk were a Chinese bomb shell and a knife made from one of the many such bombs dropped on the island of Quemoy in 1958.
The meeting concluded with a discussion between Board of Overseers chairman Joel C. Peterson and Stanford University president Marc Tessier-Lavigne.