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JBS Institute announces Partnership with The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

Odessa, TX – The John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute announces that it has partnered with The George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum to collaborate on crisis simulations involving Presidential leadership. Both organizations are currently building state-of-the-art Crisis Leadership Centers within their existing facilities. These are highly creative classrooms that feature on-site or remote attendance through a Virtual Private Network (VPN). The JBS center will be known as the Crisis Leadership & Learning Center (CLLC). The Bush Library and the Shepperd Institute will share scenario development and participants as appropriate. The Bush Library already shares crisis case studies with the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California. The Shepperd Institute will be added to that existing partnership arrangement.


The JBS CLLC will feature 4-hour, crisis-oriented, computer-assisted simulations. Participants will learn what it takes to make large-scale, impactful decisions under duress with very little time available. Participants assume roles of national and/or state leaders as they collaborate to solve large-scale crises. Examples of such roles would be the President of the United States, Vice President, Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, National Security Advisor, White House Chief of Staff, and others. The CLLC represents a bold initiative in 21st Century leadership – the ability to make swift and supportable decisions by working together, being agile and responsive to changing and multiple and somewhat parallel flows of information.


In addition to Presidential-level crisis leadership case studies, the JBS crisis center will be multipurpose, offering state, county, and city-level crisis and emergency management scenarios. The JBS center will be able, for example, to partner with banks and financial institutions that wish to deliver financial training to K-12 schools and districts wishing to apply for Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) credits.


For more information contact Dr. Robert Brescia, 432.552.2853, brescia_r@utpb.edu.