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the mark r. shenkman reagan research center


press release


Posted - April 27, 2011


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Marine Corps Commandant General P.X. Kelley shares a smile with President Ronald Reagan.


Former Marine Corps Commandant General P.X. Kelley Establishes Eureka College Endowment for Reagan Leadership Program


Former Marine Corps Commandant General P.X. Kelley has established an endowed fund to support the Ronald W. Reagan Leadership Program at Eureka College. The General P.X. Kelley Leadership Fund will help support students receiving full-tuition Reagan Fellowships.  

The fund is permanently endowed by a contribution from General Kelley and support from dozens of contributors, including former Secretary of Defense Frank Carlucci and FedEx founder and CEO Frederick W. Smith. The fund’s principal is expected to grow even more with future contributions, said John Morris, Director of Development for Reagan-related programs at Eureka College.

General Kelley is the oldest living commandant. He was appointed by President Reagan on July 1, 1983, and served through June 30, 1987. He was chairman of the American Battle Monuments Commission, providing leadership and oversight of both the World War II and Korean War memorials in Washington, D.C. 
General Kelley first visited Eureka College on Nov. 9, 2009, to honor President Reagan by giving the keynote speech in a ceremony in the Reagan Peace Garden marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.  

At a dinner ceremony held by Eureka College in Washington, D.C., in November 2010, General Kelley was named an Honorary Reagan Fellow by Eureka College President J. David Arnold.  Honorary chairmen of that event included former U.S. Presidents George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter, both who worked closely with General Kelley in his military and post-military service to the nation.                                                                                                                           

"General P.X. Kelley represents the finest in service and leadership and is a shining example to the emerging servant leaders at Eureka College,” Arnold said. “We are so proud that he has chosen to invest in the future in this way.”                                                            

The Reagan Leadership Program at Eureka College is in its 27th year. The program is named for Ronald W. Reagan, 40th president of the United States and a 1932 graduate of Eureka College. Besides receiving full tuition, Reagan Fellows participate in workshops and retreats throughout the school year. During the summers of their sophomore and junior years, Reagan Fellows have mentorships with leaders in their field within the United States and abroad. The program pays for travel and living expenses for the mentorships.

For information about the Kelley fund, contact Morris at (309) 467-6477. For information about the Reagan Leadership Program, contact program director Michael Thurwanger at (309) 467-6679.








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Commandant General P.X. Kelley





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