About Us


Our Mission

Promote leadership in the presidency and the Congress to generate innovative solutions to current national challenges

  • Bring representatives of the Executive and Legislative branches together to address compartmentalization and bridge disconnects. Marshalling the best talent to solve problems, regardless of political affiliation, will strengthen the effectiveness of government with inclusiveness and civility. See Civility and Inclusive Leadership and Declaration on Civility and Inclusive Leadership for more information.

Preserve the historic memory of the Presidency by identifying the lessons from the successes and failures of such leadership

  • Provide context and perspective of past successes and failures through the award-winning Presidential Studies Quarterly, the premiere journal on the American Presidency. The Center’s highly praised book, Triumphs and Tragedies of the Modern Presidency: Seventy-Six Case Studies in Presidential Leadership, also provides important insights to White House and Congressional leaders, other key government officials, and academics.

Draw on a wide range of talent to offer ways to better organize an increasingly compartmentalized Federal Government

  • Marshal a wide range of voices and talents – new and well-known, from both in and outside of Washington, including think tanks, universities, laboratories and NGOs – by drawing on larger institutions that conduct in-depth research on a wide array of policy programs. CSPC acts as a catalyst by defining issues and mobilizing experts around a strategic focus.

Educate and inspire the next generation of America’s leaders to incorporate civility, inclusiveness, and character into their public and private lives and discourse

  • Identify, inspire, and mentor the next generation of national leaders through the Center’s widely recognized Presidential Fellows Program and National Consortium for Character-Based Leadership, as well as the CSPC Internship Program.

Our History

CSPC was founded in 1965 by Dr. R. Gordon Hoxie at the behest of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Dr. Hoxie, a historian and chancellor of Long Island University, built an organization that would provide historical perspective about our nation’s highest offices for citizens and policymakers. Since then, CSPC’s journal Presidential Studies Quarterly—first published in 1971—has provided renowned scholarly study of the U.S. presidency, while the CSPC Presidential Fellows Program has educated young leaders about careers in public service since 1972.

In 1999, CSPC was re-headquartered in Washington, D.C., under the leadership of Ambassador David M. Abshire. With CSPC serving as a non-partisan convener of leaders and experts from the government, private sector, and academia, its roundtables and policy programs have sought to foster strategic consensus to tackle our nation’s most pressing challenges. To learn more about CSPC’s history and past programs, click here.

To learn more about Dr. Abshire’s legacy, click on this photo.

To learn more about Dr. Abshire’s legacy, click on this photo.


During the Fall Presidential and International Fellows Leadership Conference, CSPC holds its annual awards dinner—honoring leading public servants alongside the Fellows. CSPC gives three awards: the Publius Award, for leadership and bipartisanship in government; the Eisenhower Award, for leadership in national security affairs; and the Hamilton Award, for economic or fiscal leadership.

2011 Awardee Admiral Mike Mullen

2011 Awardee Admiral Mike Mullen

2014 Awardees Senators Susan Collins & Joe Manchin

2014 Awardees Senators Susan Collins & Joe Manchin