"I believe that the strength of our country must flow from ideas, our creativity, our educational systems and most importantly the core values of our people."
- Dr. Stephen Fausel
The Institute of World Politics is pleased to welcome Dr. Stephen Fausel to the Board of Trustees. A long-time supporter of IWP and member of IWP's Advisory Board, Dr. Fausel is a businessman, philanthropist, and conservationist.
Dr. Fausel is the Director of the Fausel Foundation and CEO of Fausel Companies. Dr. Fausel founded and served as President of S.A.A.S., was an adjunct professor at West Virginia University, and served in the military. He attended Truman University and Missouri Military Academy.
Dr. Fausel has received many awards for his work in academia and nature conservation, including: the USDA Forest Service Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Resources Council of America Public Service Award, an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from the American University of Rome, and a Doctorate of Laws Honoris Causa from The Institute of World Politics.
As IWP President and Founder Dr. John Lenczowski stated, "Steve has been a supporter of our work for many years, and we are delighted that he will become more involved with IWP and our mission. We are grateful that IWP will be able to benefit from his leadership, creativity, imagination, and energy."
Below are some comments from Dr. Fausel regarding his work with IWP:
I consider being asked to join The Institute of World Politics as a Trustee a wonderful honor but more importantly an extraordinary opportunity to serve and help protect our nation.
My home sits on a ranch high in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. In many ways it is insolated from the daily workings of both my corporate work and national political issues. Looking from my office window I cannot clearly see another home or office building or hear the daily bustle of traffic.
Often in solitude as I watch the sun rise across the Rocky Mountains I think about what I am asked and told by friends, neighbors and everyday hard working people, some from the right and some on the left, across middle America. Many of these people are not tied to a political concept or political party nearly as much as they are bound by their ideas of right and wrong for themselves and the nation as a whole.
IWP represents more than a graduate school. It represents an idea, a vision, a steady movement to carry forward the basic conditions and fundamental requirements that see America as an idea, even more than a place.
I owned a large conservancy in Africa some years ago. I would often sit in the Namibian bush at dusk and listen to the roar of the lions. Those who were native to the land would claim that the sound of the lions was a crying out of their words -- "My Land -- My Land -- Mine -- Mine -- Mine." It was a call of pride and honor and courage and duty in the face of all hardship.
So it is with IWP, the finger in America's leaky dike, providing education, statesmen, and understanding of the fundamentals influences, which made this nation great. Many serve because we feel a duty to do so. Somewhere hidden in our hearts and souls is an emotional duty to history, to our people, to our children, to our shared hopes and dreams. We have a bond with those in graves forgotten that binds us to that history and our love of the original idea of this great nation and to its perpetuation as originally envisioned.