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Chandler University has named Glenna McCollum as its first president, beginning July 1. McCollum's most recent post was as president of the Chandler Education Foundation. She is a native to Chandler, and has been in educational leadership since 1990. McCollum holds a doctorate in management and organizational leadership from University of Phoenix, a master's in public health and nutrition from Loma Linda University, and bachelor degrees from Arizona State University. Chandler University will begin as an online university offering programs in business, computer science, education, liberal arts, nursing, nutrition, and sustainability. The campus will expand to an 80 to 100 acre campus located near the Price Road corridor in Chandler. Information: ChandlerU.com.
Mesa Sister Cities Association has elected its first Hispanic female president. Ana Cadillo, community relations manager for Southwest Ambulance, was named president of the organization, which works to foster relationships and understanding between Mesa and other nations.
WASHINGTON - Republican Sen. John McCain said Sunday he is taking the initial steps for a White House bid in 2008, setting up a committee that allows a potential candidate to raise money and travel the country to gauge support.
The Georgia Institute of Technology has named Nicholas Selby of Ahwatukee Foothills one of 75 President’s Scholars. A mechanical engineering major, Selby represents the top 1 percent of early applicants to Georgia Tech.
They say in Washington that no one’s indispensable, but for the Bush White House Karl Rove comes close. Now, in another blow the White House didn’t really need, Rove has announced that he is resigning at the end of the month and returning to Texas.
It has become a White House ritual of late: President Bush appearing before the press corps to praise a trusted senior White House aide who is resigning to return to private life.
May 6, 2005
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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Cristina Fernandez was sworn in Monday as Argentina's first elected female president, completing a rare husband-wife transfer of power that the nation hopes will ensure continued recovery from an economic meltdown.
OUR NATION’S LEADER: There are many activities parents can do with their children to help them think about what it means to be president of the United States. Molly Cota, a first-grade teacher at Tempe’s Evans Elementary School, suggests a few activities that have helped her students brainstorm about the subject.
SAN FRANCISCO — Tiger Woods provided a fitting conclusion Sunday to a perfect week at the Presidents Cup, for him and an American team that remains perfect at home.
NEW YORK - At the height of uncertainty four years ago about who would emerge from that contested election to become president of the United States, this column confidently advised financial market participants not to worry too much about the outcome, but instead focus on traditional market-influencing factors.
PARIS - Conservative Nicolas Sarkozy won the French presidency by a comfortable margin Sunday and immediately signaled his victory would mean friendly relations with the United States.
Martin Schram: "Transparency" is the most promising buzzword of the 21st Century. Politicians promise it whenever they campaign. CEOs promise it whenever they get caught. Obama promised us a transparent presidency -- but so far has just given us a translucent presidency.
Next school year will be Art DeCabooter’s 30th as president of Scottsdale Community College, and it will also be his last.
The search for Mesa Community College's next president has been narrowed to five finalists, all of whom are executives at colleges outside of Arizona.
In a one-page written statement WESTMARC President and CEO Jack Lunsford announced he is retiring from WESTMARC due to health reasons. Lunsford also made the formal announcement during his annual report at WESTMARC’s annual Meeting and Economic Forecast Breakfast Wednesday, while unofficially celebrating his seventh anniversary as president and CEO.
The Chandler Chamber of Commerce has promoted one of its members to its top position of president and chief executive officer.
HOT SPRINGS - Richard Kelley, stepfather of former President Bill Clinton, died Wednesday at his home. He was 91. Kelley, a retired salesman, had been in declining health in recent weeks, and the former president visited him Monday.
MIAMI - Rich Dozer, who has served as club president since the Diamondbacks’ inception, is stepping down to pursue other interests.
Monday was Presidents Day, which meant school was out. I strongly suspect that our schoolchildren did not spend the day meditating on the leaders of our country. I suspect they found other diversions.
The following is an address by President Bush:
If you're looking for an indicator of the condition of society, go no further than to note that we live in an age where even the president of the United States has to schedule his addresses to the nation to avoid conflicts with "American Idol" and playoff games.
Even so, it's likely that only the most dyed-in-the-wool Arizona political junkies are likely to watch President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address Tuesday and his remarks in Phoenix the next day.
You can see this presidential double-feature as a chance for Arizonans to finally hear Obama at some length. (Extreme partisans who don't ever want to hear what a candidate of their least favorite party has to say should feel free to stop reading at any time.)
We've been hearing the Republican candidates for months now; they just finished their 17th televised debate the other night. Another is scheduled for the Mesa Arts Center in late February at which they are likely to be setting up only one lectern and opening the doors to let in some crickets, but few others.
While today presidential visits to Arizona are relatively commonplace, it wasn't always that way.
Presidents and Arizona have a relatively brief history. For America's first century and a half as a nation, Arizona was probably too far away for them to plan on actually coming here. Maybe one of them was on a train that went through here on the way to California, where at least there was a beach waiting after the week or so it took to get there, but that's not the kind of stuff you find in most history books.
Theodore Roosevelt famously spoke on the steps of Old Main of what was to become Arizona State University in 1911 - two years after he left office. He was here for the dedication of a dam on the Salt River that was named for him, so it makes one wonder whether he would have bothered otherwise.
Obama has been to Arizona a few times since his election: In February 2010, he came to Dobson High School in Mesa to explain a plan to melt frozen credit markets to spur lending to desperate homeowners. Eleven months later he was at the University of Arizona in Tucson to mourn the victims of the Jan. 8, 2011, shootings at a supermarket that killed six and wounded 13, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz.
In recent times, Democratic presidents have made few visits to Arizona and until George W. Bush, Republican ones didn't believe they really needed to, given the significant GOP voter registration margin here. Bush was in the Valley so often during his term that commuters began to commit to memory his usual motorcade route between Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to the Royal Palms hotel.
You have to go back to John F. Kennedy's appearance at the Westward Ho Hotel on Central Avenue five days before his 1960 election to hear a Democratic candidate talk about Arizona's comfortable Democratic majority, which they had then.
By the time Bill Clinton arrived one afternoon in May 1992, the streak of Republicans winning Arizona was 10 in a row. Clinton showed up at an electrical workers' union hall near 36th Street and McDowell and spoke a few minutes before heading up to Paradise Valley for a private fund-raiser. He was gone before noon the next day.
Clinton lost Arizona in 1992, but broke the Republican streak in 1996.
If there's any thread running through the travels of chief executives to our state, it's that the issues may change, but the rhetoric is getting more familiar. More than 51 years ago, then-Sen. Kennedy's brief remarks in Phoenix included this passage that I found on the website of the American Presidency Project of the University of California, Santa Barbara:
"This is an important election. It involves the future of this country. The presidency is a key office, holding great power and influence, given to it by the Constitution, and also given to it by the course of events. We cannot possibly afford in these difficult times, when the president of the United States must set before the American people the unfinished business of our society, we cannot possibly afford to put the chief responsibility upon those who look back."
In that speech, Kennedy made a brief reference to Sen. Barry Goldwater, R-Ariz., accurately predicting Goldwater's presidential campaign of 1964.
Obama will not venture a guess about the Republican nominee in 2016, or even 2012.
But we can only hope that his visit Wednesday will mark the start of a commitment by both eventual nominees to tone down the finger-pointing and ramp up the how-to-get-us-where-we-need-to-go.
This is information currently found by trolling campaign websites, something that mostly dyed-in-the-wool political junkies engage in, something that not enough typical voters do.
This explains why so often we get the politicians we do, by electing finger-pointers-in-chief who dare not cross "American Idol."
“I thought the purpose of Presidents Day was getting steep discounts on furniture and linen.”