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The Board of Directors of the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship has entered a partnership with Transylvania University and the University of Kentucky to advance the legacy of one of Kentucky’s most illustrious native sons, Henry Clay.
Adopting the motto “A man the times demanded…A center the times require,” the center will honor the Great Compromiser by developing young leaders and promoting civil dialog and compromise as effective means of solving some of our nation’s most pressing issues.
The signature program of the center will be the annual National Student Congress for rising high school seniors. Each summer, 36 students from high schools around the country will join 16 counterparts from the Commonwealth of Kentucky for the week-long Student Congress on Transylvania’s campus. Politicians, academicians and practitioners will introduce them to Henry Clay’s legacy as senator, speaker of the house, secretary of state and three-time presidential candidate.
Transylvania, where Clay taught law and served as a lifelong trustee, will assume responsibility for the center’s administration, and the center’s physical home will be in Old Morrison, Transylvania’s iconic administration building whose construction in the 1830s was supervised by Henry Clay himself. The board will appoint an executive director to define the center’s long-range strategy and oversee its annual programming.
The Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship was founded in 2005 as part of the Henry Clay Foundation. It has previously welcomed over 250 rising college seniors to Transylvania’s campus for five student congresses. In 2011, the center sponsored The Role of the Speakers of the House: A Tribute to Henry Clay, a forum featuring Speaker John Boehner and former Speakers Nancy Pelosi and Dennis Hastert.
“Giving high school students the same opportunity that we have traditionally given rising college seniors has the added benefit of exposing the best and the brightest to Kentucky at an earlier age,” explained Robert Clay, board co-chair for the Henry Clay Center.
Details about applying for the National Student Congress will be announced later this month.
From Transylvania University