Clements Center Will Promote Diplomatic History and National Security The William P. Clements Jr. Center on History, Strategy and Statecraft is being established at The University of Texas at Austin to train leaders in the history of national security and diplomacy and to honor the legacy of one of the most influential statesmen in Texas history, former Gov. Bill Clements.
The Clements Center will help fill a void in the study of history and statecraft that has emerged nationwide in recent years. Executive education programs will be designed to train private-sector leaders and strengthen citizenship more broadly, while its research and scholarship will focus on areas including national security policy and diplomatic, military and international history.
The center’s leadership will include some of the university’s nationally prominent diplomatic and international historians. It will offer courses and study-abroad opportunities for undergraduates and graduates, provide research grants and fellowships for young scholars and faculty, and sponsor research, lectures and forums.
The center will be financially supported by the Clements family, which has given an initial gift of $2.5 million, with additional support from friends, alumni and others around the world who support the center’s mission.