The Churchill Institute at Westminster College celebrated its grand opening on Thursday, September 16th, in its new home on the Westminster campus, the historic Tuttle House. This major milestone for Westminster comes after years of planning and building the foundation for the Institute --- the distinctive factor in Westminster's enriching educational experience that provides students with a truly global experience unlike any other.
The Churchill Institute incorporates the life and work of Churchill into the whole Westminster curriculum and across the range of activities and events that underpin the whole Westminster experience, enhancing the College's mission and elevating its profile.
Signature programs of The Churchill Institute include the Symposium on Democracy, the Fulbright Robertson lecture and a new program, Profiles in Leadership, which is a series of evening community events focusing on specific world leaders throughout the ages.
The Institute also works to maximize the impact of our annual Symposium on Democracy that takes place on campus and provide increased support for the Fulbright Robertson Visiting Professor of History.
Dr. Rob Havers is Director of the Institute.
"Over the years the Museum and the Churchill connection have become central to the self image of Westminster College and served the College well in bringing increased recognition from the wider world to the school," says Havers. "Churchill's life certainly echoes the principles of leadership and service that can be found in Westminster's mission statement and the organizing principle that underpins it-to educate young men and women to assume their place as leaders within a global community --- strengthen that link between Churchill and the College by forming The Churchill Institute.
Other Westminster personnel housed in the Institute are Dr. Kurt Jefferson, Director of The Center for Engaging the World; Dr. Bob Hansen, Director of the Emerson Center for Leadership & Service; and Kit Freudenberg, Director of Development for The Churchill Memorial and Library.
"All of us know what worldwide resonance is found in the Churchill name and reputation. We want the name and reputation of Westminster College to resound worldwide as well," says Havers. "It is our hope that through the work of the Institute and the elevated status of the National Churchill Museum, Westminster will not just be 'the place where Churchill gave the Iron Curtain speech.' Our hope is that Westminster will be known as the seat of Churchill thought and the training ground for leaders in the Churchill mold."