Fielding Center for Presidential Leadership Study

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Mission

To promote the study and analysis of presidential leadership and emphasize the value of governmental service and civic engagement.

Our story

Established in 2015 under the leadership and guidance of one of the College’s most distinguished alumni, Fred F. Fielding, a former White House Counsel to two presidents, the Fielding Center for Presidential Leadership Study promotes the study and analysis of presidential leadership for undergraduates and emphasizes the value of governmental service and civic engagement through its signature Fielding Fellowship program, symposia and events featuring current and former practitioners from the highest levels of government, and ongoing opportunities for undergraduate students to pursue scholarly and professional growth.

Fielding Fellows

A cornerstone of the Fielding Center, the Fielding Fellows program provides a select group of Gettysburg College students with an immersive experience centered on the executive branch of the United States. The year-long fellowship focuses on separation of powers dynamics, constitutional law, and diplomacy. Each year, Fielding Fellows travel to a presidential library to conduct archival research, facilitate on-campus panels and debates, and work on an in-depth public policy project.

Learn more about the Fielding Fellows program.

Global public policy work

Each year, the Fielding Center undertakes a yearlong project sponsored by the U.S. State Department's Diplomacy Lab. In the recent years, the Fielding Center has presented its research to embassy officials in Munich and Montenegro.

Public events

The Fielding Center hosts a variety of events throughout the academic year. Almost all of our events are free and open to the public. Learn more about upcoming events at the Eisenhower Institute.

Support our work

Support our work through a gift to the Fielding Center. More information available here.

Our people

  • Scott Boddery
    Director and Assistant Professor of Political Science at Gettysburg College
  • Roy Dawes
    Acting Director and Associate Professor of Political Science at Gettysburg College
  • Fred F. Fielding
    Founder and former White House Counsel to Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush
“I first learned of the following Plato quote when I was a student at Gettysburg: the penalty for wise men who decline to participate in their governance is to be ruled by unwise men.” - Fred Fielding '61