George Mason Hosts Institute for Political Leadership

Posted: August 3, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Forty of Virginia’s best and brightest future elected political leaders gather on the Fairfax Campus Aug. 3-4 for the Thomas C. Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership, a University of Virginia-based initiative designed to train future political officials.

Every year, individuals from across the state compete for slots in the institute, which holds eight sessions in Charlottesville and other areas of the commonwealth to educate participants on public policy issues, political ethics, and how to run a good campaign. This is the seventh year George Mason has hosted the Northern Virginia session.

Highlights of this weekend’s institute are a presentation on higher education in Virginia by President Alan Merten; a session on America’s new downtowns with Joel Garreau, senior fellow in the School of Public Policy and author of Edge City: Life on the New Frontier; a session on the basics of transportation policy with John Milliken, former state secretary of transportation and former chairman of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission; and a session on developing your political message with Carol Whitney, president of Whitney and Associates, a consulting firm specializing in message development and delivery.

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