President George H.W. Bush selected Texas A&M University as the site for his Presidential Library. As part of the Library complex, the University established the George Bush School of Government and Public Service, which admitted its first students in September 1997. Charles (Chuck) Hermann was hired in July 1995 as the founding Director of the new school. Prior to the School’s opening, Prof. Hermann was involved in establishing the curriculum, recruiting a faculty, selecting a first class, and providing oversight for the School’s Center for Presidential Studies and Center for Public Leadership Studies. He led a $20 million development campaign for the School. The Bush School now offers two master’s degree programs, one in Public Service and Administration (MPSA) and a second in International Affairs (MPIA). Since the Bush School became a separate unit within the University in September 1999, Hermann has been the Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Director of the MPIA degree program. He holds the Brent Scowcroft Chair of International Policy Studies. In 2002, Prof. Hermann received the Bush School Faculty Achievement Award. In 2001, he was honored with the International Studies Association's Foreign Policy Distinguished Senior Scholar Award. In 2000, the graduating class of Bush School students voted him the Silver Star Award for most valuable faculty member.

Hermann holds a PhD from Northwestern University and an A.B. Degree from DePauw University in political science. After graduating from Northwestern, he taught at Princeton University. In 1969 and 1970, Prof. Hermann served on the National Security Council staff under Henry KissingerFrom 1970-1995, Prof. Hermann was a professor in the Political Science department at Ohio State University. He served as director of Ohio State University's Mershon Center, a research center dedicated to national security and foreign policy issues, from 1980-95 and as Ohio State's acting vice provost for international affairs. During 1991-1992, Hermann was a Fellow in the Pew Case Program of the Kennedy School at Harvard University

Hermann's expertise is in American and comparative foreign policy, crisis management, and decision making. At Texas A&M University, he teaches courses in American foreign policy and comparative foreign policy at the graduate level. He has taught use of the case method at the Summer Institute of Political Psychology at Ohio State. He is the author or co-author of dozens of articles and book chapters on a wide range of issues related to foreign policy and international affairs, appearing in such journals and publications as American Political Science Review, International Encyclopedia of the Social Science, International Studies Quarterly and the Encyclopedia of Foreign Relations. His most recent books are the American Defense Annual and New Directions in Foreign Policy (co-edited with James Rosenau and Charles Kegley). Recently he has published articles on Soviet decisionmaking (American Political Science Review), hostage taking and presidential stress (in Reich, Origins of Terrorism) and sources of change in foreign policy (International Studies Quarterly).

Hermann has been involved in community volunteer activities for many years. He is currently president elect of OPAS (Opera and Performing Arts Society) at Texas A&M. In 2003-2004,  he was program chair for the Bryan Rotary Club, and club president in 2004-2005. In 2005, he was one of the distinguished citizen honorees of the Brazos Valley African-American National Heritage Society. Hermann was president of the International Studies Association in 1989-90.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (New York) and the International Institute of Strategic Studies (London). He recently completed a term on the Council of the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research -- an international cooperative of universities for the collection and dissemination of social science data. 

Last updated Nov 2005.