PBA Establishes The LeMieux Center for Public Policy

Palm Beach Atlantic University President William M. B. Fleming, Jr. today announced the establishment of The LeMieux Center for Public Policy, named for former U.S. Senator George LeMieux.

The LeMieux Center will provide students with opportunities to engage with state and national officials, journalists, authors, academics and other notable thought leaders on issues important to Florida, the United States and the world. The LeMieux Center will host an annual interactive lecture series featuring notable speakers on issues of public policy and servant leadership.

"Establishing The LeMieux Center as a center of excellence at Palm Beach Atlantic is an important moment in the University's history," says Palm Beach Atlantic University President William M. B. Fleming, Jr. " As an urban, Christian university, we accept the responsibility to actively engage as citizens on the local, state and national level. Learning more about government, how legislation is crafted and how it affects society is the first step in developing the next generation of servant leaders. Senator LeMieux is a tremendous resource, not only for his own skills and abilities, but for his many friends immersed in public service."

In addition, starting in the fall semester of 2013, an independent study program will be available to two PBA upperclassmen.  LeMieux Center Fellows will concentrate their study on a topic of great public importance that will culminate in a year-end published paper.  Fellows will work directly with Senator LeMieux to select, rigorously research and prepare the topic for publication and presentation.

View video from LeMieux Center Press Conference

"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," says Sen. LeMieux. "There are a series of substantial and ongoing issues facing Florida and America, and a need for thoughtful consideration in how to address these challenges. For me, public service has always been about finding solutions, and I look forward to working with PBA students to find the solutions as they prepare to become the future leaders of our state and our nation."

Senator LeMieux served in the U.S. Senate for Florida during the 111th session of Congress. He is currently Chairman of the Gunster law firm. In 2010, he gifted his senatorial papers and other memorabilia from his 16 months of service in the U.S. Senate to the Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Warren Library archives.

For additional information on The LeMieux Center for Public Policy at Palm Beach Atlantic University, contact: thelemieuxcenter@pba.edu.

Palm Beach Atlantic University is a private, independent university offering undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees in West Palm Beach, Orlando, Wellington and online. The University is dedicated to the integration of Christian principles to prepare students for learning, leadership and service.