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Schwarzenegger launches think tank at USC

August 2, 2012 | 12:05 pm

Schwarzenegger launches think tank at USC

He’s been a governor, a bodybuilder and an action hero, but now Arnold Schwarzenegger is adding professor to his many titles.

The former governor announced the creation of a new think tank at USC that will be dedicated to a variety of state and global public policy issues including health, education and the environment, according to a statement on the school’s website.

As Times reporter Carla Rivera reported Thursday morning:

"The USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy will be funded with a commitment of $20 million from the former governor that will include a personal donation as well as money from his fundraising efforts. USC officials said the endowment is expected to be fully funded within two or three years. Schwarzenegger's initial gift is confidential, officials said.

Schwarzenegger will chair the institute's Board of Advisors and serve as the Gov. Downey Professor of State and Global Policy at USC, named after John Downey, an Irish immigrant who in 1860 became California's first foreign-born governor."

Schwarzenegger served as governor of California from October 2003 to January 2011.


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Photo: Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and USC are partnering to create a policy think tank. Credit: Jean-Christophe Bott / Associated Press/Keystone