Pepperdine's Kemp Institute for Public Policy

Around the time Ronald Reagan sought the presidency of the United States, Jack Kemp focused on the significant benefits to the U. S. economy that resulted from President Kennedy’s tax reductions. Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy honored former New York Republican Congressman Jack Kemp’s career in public service by establishing the Jack F. Kemp Institute for Political Economy.

When fully funded, the institute will include the Kemp Archival Collection, housing his papers, films, awards and other materials from his time in Congress, his service as secretary of Housing and Urban Development and his various activities in the private sector. In addition, the institute is establishing the Kemp Distinguished Visiting Chair of Political Economics. Appointments to this teaching position will be offered to individuals of national distinction whose endeavors embody Pepperdine’s commitment to American democracy.

Michael Y. Warder, Pepperdine’s vice chancellor, said the Kemp Institute will fill a critical role in Pepperdine’s graduate program designed to nurture promising students for leadership programs not only in government at all levels, but also in nonprofit organizations as well as in business and international diplomacy.

The inaugural conference and dinner for the Kemp Institute is slated for May 13 at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C. The featured speakers are former President William Clinton, Oracle Corp. founder Lawrence Ellison, and Rep. Paul Ryan (R.-Wis.). For tickets and more information call 310-506-6266.

“This is an especially important time to establish the Kemp Institute,” James R. Wilburn, dean of the Pepperdine School of Public Policy said. “Because of the surprisingly energetic attacks currently being made against local and non-government civic initiatives and the increasing invasion of the private sector by the federal government, even though those same federal government leaders have been such a failure in managing the nation’s economy and business atmosphere.”

Like Reagan before him, Kemp has been associated with Pepperdine as a frequent lecturer and received the university’s highest honor, the Doctor of Laws degree. What Kemp embraced and promoted in the 1970s was successfully implemented in Washington as Reaganomics. Kemp’s work in politics as a crusader for strong economic growth and individual liberty, and as a philanthropist and a private sector entrepreneur, tells the history of his public service during significant times in the nation’s economic development, a legacy Pepperdine is preserving for the future.

Pepperdine University, founded in 1937 by auto parts businessman George Pepperdine, in Malibu, Calif., includes five colleges and schools: Seaver College, the School of Law, the Graduate School of education and Psychology, the Graziadio School of Business and Management, and the School of Public Policy.