"Palm Beach Atlantic University is an outstanding and special institution. I am honored PBA has created this center to focus students on engaging early in public policy and leadership."
-Sen. George LeMieux
The Senator George LeMieux Center for Public Policy is an interdisciplinary center of excellence consistent with Palm Beach Atlantic University’s purpose and mission and supported by its location.
Palm Beach Atlantic’s Statement of Purpose declares that the University is a Christian university that equips students to lead fulfilling lives through learning, leadership and service. Additionally, the University’s motto of enlightening minds, enriching souls and extending hands, emphasizes the University’s commitment to servant leadership and community outreach based on Biblical principles. Furthermore, the University’s urban setting in downtown West Palm Beach, Fla. provides a prime location for the innovative intersection of academic research, free enterprise partnerships, and relationships focused on business, commerce, the professions and the non-profit sector.
The University stands at a critical location in a renaissance city, which is a multi-cultural destination in one of the world’s wealth capitals.
Palm Beach Atlantic University is grateful to Senator LeMieux for his confidence in and commitment to PBA. The University and the Senator share common values, traditions and a belief in the call for American citizens to serve the public good.
Senator George LeMieux shares a moment with PBA President William M. B. Fleming Jr.
The LeMieux Center for Public Policy at Palm Beach Atlantic University is meant to enrich the educational experience of Palm Beach Atlantic students and enhance PBA's mission of preparing its students for a life of leadership and service.
The LeMieux Center will engage PBA students with an interactive lecture series featuring state and national leaders, enhance the political science, philosophy and pre-law curriculum with a Fellows program allowing students to conduct independent study with the Center, and provide PBA students with access to Washington leaders through a Congressional Internship Program.
The LeMieux Center will host an annual lecture series featuring notable speakers on issues of public policy and servant leadership. The forums will provide students, faculty, alumni, donors, and the community the opportunity to engage with state and national officials, journalists, authors, academics, and other notable thought leaders on issues important to Florida, America and the world.
Started in the fall semester of 2013, an independent study program is being offered to two PBA upperclassmen. LeMieux Center Fellows concentrate their study on a topic of great public importance that culminatea in a year-end published paper. Fellows work directly with Senator LeMieux to select, rigorously research, and prepare the topic for publication and presentation.
An annual program, starting in 2014, in which selected students will intern in Washington with U.S. government officials in the congressional and executive branches. The internship will begin with a two-week intensive course at the LeMieux Center where students will learn from PBA faculty, elected officials, policy experts, and experienced staff members with the goal of training students before they begin their internship.
On December 6, 2010 Senator LeMieux announced that, in consultation with the United States Senate Historical Office, Palm Beach Atlantic University would house his senatorial papers in the University's Warren Library.