"My idea is to develop a body of leaders, especially trained in United States Citizenship, who will go out through this country as educators, statesmen, financiers, business men, etc., to upbuild the foundations and bulwarks of citizenship intellectually and patriotically."|
So said George Holmes Maxwell, a Boston attorney, financier, alumnus, and Syracuse University trustee. His intention was to train a force of individuals to cure the "general ignorance among the masses of [U.S.] history, the principles of [U.S.] government, its aims, and safeguards." To accomplish his aim, he pledged $500,000 in 1923 to endow a school at Syracuse, a gift that would total more than $12 million in today's money. The school would bear his name and become a world-renowned graduate school.
The body of leaders has gone out from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs for the past 75 years not only to "upbuild the bulwarks" of citizenship, but also to widen our understanding of the human condition through scholarly pursuits and first-class teaching.
All across this nation and in the farthest reaches of the world, Maxwell graduates make good use of the excellent education they receive here. They are in all levels of government. They are anthropologists, sociologists, historians, political scientists, and social scientists at the best universities and colleges, doing work of international acclaim. Some have made Maxwell a stepping stone to other professions. They are lawyers, high school teachers, businesspeople, nurses, and doctors.
For Syracuse University, the Maxwell School is a source of great pride. Its faculty, alumni, and students achieve on the highest levels. The school is regularly ranked among the best of its kind in the nation, including such heavily endowed institutions as the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs at Princeton, and the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.
And the Maxwell School is proof again of the power of one person's vision. It was a vision combined with outstanding faculty and students and with ever-growing financial resources, the three elements that must be present for success.Though he could never have imagined its extraordinary success and international renown, I am certain that George Holmes Maxwell would be well pleased with his school. I am, too.
Kenneth A. Shaw
Chancellor and President