The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

April 26, 2014

Jeb Bush to speak at commencement


GROVE CITY — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will speak at Grove City College’s 134th commencement exercises at 10 a.m. May 17.

The son of President George H.W. Bush and brother of President George W. Bush will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the college.

Born and raised in Texas, Bush moved to Florida in 1981 where he and a partner started a real estate development company that grew to become the largest, full-service commercial real estate company in south Florida.

Bush served as Florida’s secretary of commerce in the late 1980s and promoted the state’s business climate worldwide.

After an unsuccessful bid for governor in 1994, he founded the nonprofit Foundation for Florida’s Future, which joined forces with the Greater Miami Urban League to establish one of the state’s first charter schools.

He co-authored “Profiles in Character,” a book profiling 14 of Florida’s civic heroes.

He was elected governor in 1998 and focused on reforming education. Florida students made great gains and the state became one of a handful to narrow the achievement gap. In addition, Bush cut taxes every year during his tenure and put Florida on the forefront of consumer health care advances by signing landmark Medicaid reform legislation in 2006.

Bush is head of Jeb Bush and Associates, with clients ranging from small technology startups to well-known Fortune 500 companies. He is also the chairman of Foundation for Excellence in Education, a national foundation focused on education reform, co-chairman of the Barbara Bush Family Literacy Foundation and chairman of the National Constitution Center.

He is co-author of “Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution.”

He lives in Miami with his wife Columba. They have three children and three grandchildren.