Two premier institutions, Bradley University and The Dirksen Congressional Center, have joined forces to launch the Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service. Bradley University has a rich history of producing outstanding public service leaders – from former House Minority Leader Bob Michel to U.S. Secretary for Transportation Ray LaHood, Kansas Govenor Laura Kelly, and Congresswoman Robin Kelly. The Institute promotes a return to statesmanship at all levels of government. Our goal is to become a Midwestern think tank advocating for a bipartisan leadership approach to resolve America’s most pressing problems.
The Institute hosts annual public policy symposiums on important national, state, and local issues; a visiting speakers program of national, state, and local public service leaders; and teaches best practices in governmental and ethical leadership through the Leadership Minor. Bradley students benefit from interaction with distinguished leaders and from student participation in implementing the Institute’s programs. The Institute is located in Suite 135 of Westlake on the campus of Bradley University.