Nixon Foundation President Bill Baribault (left) and Chapman University President Daniele Struppa (right) signed the agreement at the Argyros Forum Student Union.

Partnership of Orange County institutions supports new Master’s Program in War and Society

Chapman University and the Richard Nixon Foundation officially launched a formal partnership on Friday, September 28, centered around the Richard Nixon Foundation Fellows Program at Chapman University in Orange, California. The program develops mid-career Foreign Service Officers from the U.S. State Department to obtain a multi-disciplinary education, professional credentials, and significant analytical skills by studying Nixon-era foreign policies at the Nixon Presidential Library and applying them in their posts and positions when they return to duty.

This partnership creates the first formal ties between the two Orange County institutions, as well as the first formal arrangement between the Nixon Foundation and an organization of higher learning.

“A partnership between a higher education institution and a Presidential Library can only enhance the intellectual experience for students, as well as scholars,” said Chapman President Daniele Struppa. “We are fortunate that Chapman and the Nixon Library are geographically close – but also close in terms of the pursuit of truth and knowledge.”

“This innovative Fellows Program honors President Nixon’s legacy by promoting the exchange of ideas and knowledge among scholars from the State Department and Chapman University,” said Bill Baribault, president and CEO of the Richard Nixon Foundation. “Through this new partnership, we’re able to facilitate continued research and analysis of President Nixon’s consequential policies, as well as his continuing influence on global challenges.”

Baribault and Struppa signed a formal agreement at Chapman University on September 28, where they were joined by General H.R. McMaster.