Aug 3, 2012
The University of Southern California has organized a post-partisan political think tank with Arnold Schwarzenegger and appointed the former California governor as an academic professor with an honorary doctorate.
USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy
Professor Schwarzenegger, 65, will bring together creative minds and help construct new policy in the areas of environment, energy, political reform, climate change, infrastructure renewal, education and health care reform.
Daughter Katherine Schwarzenegger, 22, is an alumnus of USC. Her brother, Patrick Schwarzenegger, 18, will begin studies at USC this fall as a college freshman.
"This is something I'm very passionate about, and I'll be involved in bringing talent from around the world to USC to do lectures and seminars," Schwarzenegger said.
"My strength is that I'm very well known internationally and can take that message to other universities overseas and in this country."
The new think tank, The Schwarzenegger Institute, will enjoy input from board members Vicente Fox, Werner Faymann, Henry Cisneros, Rajendra Kumar Pachauri and George Schultz, among others.
"One of the great lessons I learned as governor of California was that the best solutions to common problems could only be found when each side was willing to engage thoughtfully and respectfully with each other," said Professor Schwarzenegger.
"This institute is dedicated to promoting a new era of post-partisanship."
As an appointed USC professor and $20 million founding donor, Dr. Arnold Schwarzenegger will begin lecturing on state and global policy at the famous Los Angeles university within 90 days.
The Schwarzenegger Institute