National Governors Association
The National Governors Association (NGA), founded in 1908 with the help of then President Theodore Roosevelt, celebrated its centennial in… read more
The National Governors Association (NGA), founded in 1908 with the help of then President Theodore Roosevelt, celebrated its centennial in 2008. To mark this occasion, the NGA has worked with the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and the University of Pennsylvania Press to publish two books designed to highlight gubernatorial leadership over the past 100 years. Ray Scheppach, who has been executive director of the NGA since 1983, talked about these books, A Legacy of Leadership: Governors and American History and A Legacy of Innovation: Governors and Public Policy. Topics included the definition of “federalism,” states as laboratories of democracy, and the ways that states have developed the current education system.
A Legacy of Leadership: Governors and American History, is divided by decade and pays particular attention to governors' roles in those years. A Legacy of Innovation: Governors and Public Policy, focuses on public policy issues over the last 100 years, including economic development, education, health care and transportation. The books were released at NGA’s Centennial Meeting July 2008. close
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