Up next for former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the bodybuilder turned governor: Think tank.
Schwarzenegger and the University of Southern California this morning announced the formation of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy, which they said will focus on a wide range of policy areas, including education, energy and the environment, financial and economic policy, health and political reform.
Schwarzenegger will chair a board of advisers composed of a number of political heavyweights, including Vicente Fox, the former president of Mexico, Henry Cisneros, the former San Antonio mayor and secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Clinton administration and George Shultz, the former U.S. secretary of state.
Schwarzenegger will be the inaugural Governor Downey Professor of State and Global Policy at USC, named after former Gov. John Downey, a co-founder of USC.
"One of the great lessons I learned as governor of California was that the best solutions to common problems could only be found when each side was willing to engage thoughtfully and respectfully with each other," Schwarzenegger said in a prepared statement. "This institute is dedicated to promoting a new era of post-partisanship, where solutions are the result of intelligent and civil discussion between people with deeply held principles who understand the need to work through their disagreements to achieve real solutions. Knowing USC's reputation as one of the nation's leading policy schools, I could think of no better home for this institute."
Editor's note, 11:39 a.m.: This post has been updated to correct the name of the university in the second paragraph.