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Trent Lott and Tom Daschle to Serve as Honorary Co-Chairmen of Henry Clay Center

Former Senate Majority Leaders rally behind promoting civil political discourse and ending governmental gridlock

Lexington, Ky. (April 18, 2017) –The Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship (HCCS) – which is dedicated to educating a new generation of leaders in the essential skills of negotiation, dialogue, and compromise in the spirit and legacy of the great Kentucky statesman and politician – announced today that former U.S. Senate Majority Leaders Trent Lott and Tom Daschle have agreed to serve as honorary co-chairmen of the non-profit organization.

Daschle, a Democrat from South Dakota, and Lott, a Republican from Mississippi, together served their home states for nearly six combined decades in Congress. Both visited HCCS in 2016 to meet with current students and alumni, and the two recently published “Crisis Point: Why We Must — and How We Can — Overcome Our Broken Politics in Washington and Across America”.

Robert Clay and William Giles, co-chairmen of HCCS, said: “This is a tremendous and game-changing honor for the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship. Tom Daschle and Trent Lott have warned for years about the consequences of growing political and ideological polarization. These leaders from different political parties found common ground and built a friendship that served, and continues to serve, the country well.  We are grateful for their deep commitment to more effective government based on shared goals and cooperation, and for their willingness to assist our efforts to mold the leaders of tomorrow.”

Senators Daschle and Lott added: “We are delighted to serve as honorary co-chairmen of the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship. In a time of acrimony and gridlock in our national political discourse, the mission of the Center to educate ‘a new generation of leaders in the principles and practices of statesmanship’ has never been more important. We look forward to helping guide the Center in its vital work, in Washington and across the country.”

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Preparing and Inspiring the Next Generation of Leaders

Crit Luallen, former Kentucky lieutenant governor and state auditor, serves on the board of directors at the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship. In July 2016, she penned an Opinion Editorial in the The Council of State Government’s Capitol Ideas Magazine

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By Crit Luallen

July 2016- It would be no surprise if a young person whose perception of public service has been formed through the lens of cable news and its 30-second sound bites was forever dissuaded from choosing a career in the public arena. So much of what we see today involves the negative attacks and divisive rhetoric that have fueled increased polarization in this nation.

But an innovative program in Lexington, Kentucky, offers an opportunity for a select group of future leaders to see public leadership in a far different and much more positive way.

The Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship is a nonprofit dedicated to educating a new generation of leaders in the essential skills of diplomacy, negotiation and conflict resolution.

Thanks to a collaborative partnership that includes The Council of State Governments, the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Kentucky, and Transylvania University, the Henry Clay Center expanded in 2016 to hold both a high school and college-level Student Congress in the same year for the first time.

The week-long summer programs gather competitively chosen students from every region of the U.S. During the week, they have the opportunity to meet with lawmakers, academics, journalists and civic leaders to discuss the practical importance of compromise and constructive engagement and dialogue to resolve conflict and competing interests in a democracy.

The Council of State Governments assists in recruiting qualified applicants from across the country for both programs. The University of Kentucky’s Martin School faculty directs the college-level curriculum, including taking student teams through a participatory case study in compromise on a major public policy issue.

The Student Congress programs are funded entirely by donations and are completely free of cost, including travel and lodging, to those students selected.

As a new board member of the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship, I have been inspired by the mission of the organization and the passion of its board and staff leadership…

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Education Non-Profit Fights Political Polarization with Unique Summer Program

Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship College Student Congress aimed at connecting emerging leaders from all fifty states.

50 rising college seniors from every region of the United States recently gathered on the campus of Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky for the National High School Student Congress.  The students were selected from a competitive process based on exceptional academic and extracurricular achievements and attended the once-in-a-lifetime academic and personal development program free of cost (travel and lodging included).

The prestigious program is an initiative of the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship (HCCS), an innovative non-profit dedicated to the legacy of America’s “Great Compromiser,” the 19th century leader Henry Clay, who served with distinction as U.S. Secretary of State, as a U.S. Senator and as Speaker of the U.S. House of the House of Representatives.

“What makes the program so special is that we bring together students from a variety of experiences,” said HCCS Executive, Dr. Michael Vetter.  “Our organization firmly believes we can play a small part in changing the national discourse and fostering compromise in public policy, but half the battle is getting to know our fellow Americans. It’s great to have students from urban, suburban, rural, and all manner of viewpoints and backgrounds learning about each other.”

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The Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship is saddened by the loss of one of our founders, Dr. Kay Clawson. Dr. Clawson was an selfless man, a brilliant physician, and a lover of history. He was instrumental in the success of our organization, and his friendships with Sen. Kassenbaum and Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor led them to join the Center’s Honorary Board.

 

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Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship Announces Expanded Program and New Partnerships with University of Kentucky’s Martin School and The Council of State Governments

Acclaimed Student Congress to Include Both College and High School Levels.

Lexington, Ky. (January 27, 2016) –The Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship, an innovative non-profit dedicated to educating a new generation of leaders in the essential skills of negotiation, dialogue, and compromise, announced today that it will be expanding its National Student Congress events to both the college and high school levels, in partnership with The Council of State Governments and the University of Kentucky’s Martin School of Public Policy and Administration.

For most of the past decade, The Henry Clay Center has held a summer Student Congress for either college or high school students.  The week-long programs gather competitively chosen students from every region of the US. During that week they have the opportunity to meet with lawmakers, academics, journalists, and civic leaders to discuss the practical importance of compromise and constructive engagement and dialogue to resolve conflict and competing interests in a democracy. Nationally recognized guest speakers engage in seminars with the students, followed by a student debate on a current topic in the Old State Capitol in nearby Frankfort, Kentucky.  Past speakers have included justices of the Supreme Court, US Speakers of the House, governors, US senators and other nationally recognized officials and academic thought leaders.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (November 29, 2016)– Dr. Ian Ralby, a recognized expert in maritime security, private security, international law and transnational crime and 5x great grandson of Henry Clay, has joined the Board of Directors of the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship (HCCS). Nine years into its existence, the Center has over 500 alumni, many of whom are advancing in careers in public life and international affairs.  By bringing together alumni from across the various years, Dr. Ralby and the board of HCCS hope to foster an active network that allows for this cohort of young professionals to engage, both with each other and with more senior leaders, under the common belief in the need to foster greater statesmanship in American politics.

 

Like his forebear, Dr. Ralby began his study of law in Virginia at the young age of 19.  While Clay studied directly under George Wythe, Ralby attended the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at William & Mary and became a practicing lawyer, specializing in maritime and international law.  Having gone on to pursue a doctorate at the University of Cambridge on a Gates Scholarship, Dr. Ralby is now a recognized expert in international law and security, with particular focus on maritime security, the regulation of private security companies, and the interdiction of transnational crime.  He is a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council as well as the CEO of his own consultancy, I.R. Consilium.  He works frequently with the United States Department of Defense, NATO and the United Nations, as well as with private clients, on issues related to law, security, strategy and governance.  In addition, he has recently completed the largest study ever conducted concerning the global theft of refined oil products – a criminal phenomenon worth countless billions of dollars each year.

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Former Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Crit Luallen Joins
Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship Board
 

Lexington, Ky. (December 18, 2015) –The Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship, an innovative youth leadership non-profit dedicated to educating a new generation of leaders in the lost art of negotiation, goodwill, and compromise, announced today that Former Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Crit Luallen has agreed to join its board of directors.

“Former Lieutenant Governor Luallen is dedicated to public service and a leads by example. Her breadth of experience in government is extensive, and she is well-known for her ability to reach across the aisle to bridge partisan division,” said Board Chairman Robert Clay.  “We are delighted and privileged to have her on board as we work to teach a new generation of leaders the principles and practices of statesmanship.”

Crit Luallen served with seven Kentucky governors and was twice elected to statewide office.

In late 2014, she was appointed by Governor Steve Beshear as Kentucky’s 56th Lieutenant Governor. Luallen partnered with the Governor in his efforts to build a stronger Kentucky through job creation and expanded access to health care.  As Lt. Governor, she chaired kyhealthnow, an initiative to develop strategies and track progress toward a healthier Kentucky.

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