Professor Arnold Schwarzenegger is the latest incarnation of a man once known as The Terminator and The Governor.
Schwarzenegger has co-founded a think tank and helped establish a school for state and global policy at the University of Southern California. Professor Arnold Schwarzenegger committed $20 million from his personal funds as well as future fundraising to support the institute, the Washington Post reported.
His gift will help create the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy, where he will be the Governor Downey Professor of State and Global Policy. Professor Arnold Schwarzenegger will also serve as the chairman of its board of advisers.
“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 press release from USC. “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.”
The institute will focus on education, energy and environment, fiscal and economic policy, health and human wellness and political reform. It has planned a one-day symposium focusing on “the importance of post-partisanship in the modern policymaking world.”
The initiative marks the first major act of the now-Professor Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s post-political career.
“I always said that after I left office, I would continue to stay involved in certain issues, to be involved in something that has had an effect on people,” Professor Arnold Schwarzenegger said Wednesday in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle.