Public Policy Leadership Alumnus Selected for Inaugural Class of The Public Interest Fellowship
The Trent Lott Leadership Institute extends congratulations to Joshua Holdenried, who has been selected to join the inaugural class of The Public Interest Fellowship. Holdenried, a 2013 graduate of the Public Policy Leadership program, will begin study in September.
The Public Interest Fellowship draws on the legacy of the great journal of ideas and policy founded by Daniel Bell and Irving Kristol, The Public Interest, which nourished generations of individuals devoted to reclaiming the enduring principles of the American constitutional tradition.
The fellowship program offers full-time employment to a select cohort for two years. Holdenried will rotate through jobs at a number of different organizations, each selected to give him pertinent experience. Such organizations may include think tanks, publications, and political campaigns. He will also complete a great books curriculum delivered through regular evening seminars, attend academic and professional retreats, and participate in events with public intellectuals and leading figures from politics and national security.
Along with the Lott Institute, Holdenried is also a graduate of the University of Mississippi’s Center for Intelligence and Security Studies and the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College.
As a Lott student, Holdenried founded and developed the Alexander Hamilton Society (AHS) at Ole Miss; an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting constructive debate on basic principles and contemporary issues in foreign, economic, and national security policy. With the help of Dr. Eric T. Weber—who currently serves as faculty advisor to AHS—and Executive Director William Gottshall, AHS was able to successfully grow in its inaugural year under Holdenried’s direction.
“Without the leadership skills I developed as a Lott student, I wouldn’t have been able to establish and lead a successful student organization the way that I did,” explains Holdenried. “I also had the benefit of several peers from the Lott Institute who were already campus leaders, willing to help me navigate the process of creating a credible presence at Ole Miss.”
Weber recalls Holdenreid as a particularly engaged student.
“JD was always a great student to have in class,” Weber said. “ He was at the same time a thoughtful person with carefully considered views, while also being a great listener. He has a strong voice as a writer yet has a calm temperament that is refreshing, moderate, and mature. I believe that he has a future as a writer and an advocate and that we’ll all be better off because of it.”
Upon graduation, Holdenried accepted internships with the Heritage Foundation’s Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies and Senator Bob Corker on the Foreign Relations Committee. Following his internships, Holdenried accepted a position as a congressional staffer for the late Alan Nunnelee from Mississippi.
Holdenried is currently a George C. Marshall Fellow at the Heritage Foundation and a Writing Fellow at America’s Future Foundation. He is also a contributor to Town Hall and a Research Assistant for Fox News National Security Analyst K.T. McFarland. Following his recent endeavors, Holdenried will be clerking at the BGR Group this summer until his fellowship begins in September.
Senator Trent and Mrs. Patricia Lott Celebrated at Staff Reunion
Members of Senator Trent Lott’s former staff gathered in Oxford recently to celebrate the legacy of leadership demonstrated by Senator and Mrs. Tricia Lott.
Honoring the Patricia Lott Scholarship and related funding efforts, the weekend featured remembrances of Senator Lott’s work in Washington and student perspective on the future.
See https://lottreunion2015.shutterfly.com for the opportunity to view and purchase photos from the event.
Six Members of the Lott Leadership Institute Inducted into Ole Miss Hall of Fame
Six Public Policy Leadership students and members of the Lott Leadership Institute were inducted into the Ole Miss Hall of Fame on January 30.
Rob Barber of Hernando, Miss, Christine Dickason of Collierville, Tennessee, Channing Landsdell of Nettleton, Miss, Briana O’Neil of Brandon, Miss, Anna Kathryn Suggs of Kingwood, Texas and Phillip Waller of Madison, Miss were among the ten inductees to the Hall of Fame’s 2015 class.
These students were honored by the University for their dedication to community service and academic achievements during their tenure at the University.
Lott Leadership Institute Featured in Ole Miss Alumni Review Magazine
The Lott Leadership Institute was recently featured in the Fall 2014 Edition of the Ole Miss Alumni Review Magazine. Read the full article below: