Our History

The Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC) is a non-partisan, non-profit organization founded in 1965 by Dr. R. Gordon Hoxie at the behest of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The Center is the only organization that systematically examines past successes and failures of the Presidency and relates its findings to present challenges and opportunities. Our mission is to:

  • Promote leadership in the Presidency and the Congress to generate innovative solutions to current national challenges;
  • Preserve the historic memory of the Presidency by identifying the lessons from the successes and failures of such leadership;
  • Draw on a wide range of talent to offer ways to better organize an increasingly compartmentalized Federal Government; and
  • Educate and inspire the next generation of America’s leaders to incorporate civility, inclusiveness, and character into their public and private lives and discourse.