Brookings Executive Education

The Brookings Institution

The Brookings Institution – founded in 1916 – is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, D.C. Its mission is to conduct high-quality, independent research and, based on that research, provide innovative, practical recommendations that advance three broad goals: strengthen American democracy; foster the economic and social welfare, security and opportunity for all Americans; secure a more open, safe, prosperous and cooperative international system.

Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) has a long standing reputation for scholarship and innovation. Its faculty members are distinguished in their research and have received numerous awards for research including 22 Nobel laureates. WUSTL is currently ranked 11th overall in the nation and the Olin Business School has been recognized as a world leader in management education and scholarly research, being ranked #2 in the Wall Street Journal’s survey of accredited executive programs. In addition to Brookings, Olin partners with more than 20 international universities, including Fudan University in Shanghai, China; the Cass Business School in London; Fundação Dom Cabral in Nova Lima, Brazil; and the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad, India.

The Legacy of Robert S. Brookings

Robert S. BrookingsBrookings Executive Education (BEE) is a direct beneficiary of Robert S. Brookings, the St. Louis businessman and philanthropist who was president of WUSTL’s Board of Trustees from 1895 to 1928. During this time Brookings played a pivotal role in the development of the University’s main campus. Through his leadership and foresight, Brookings marshaled the resources to create the original buildings on campus. As head of the University’s governing board he gave much of his time, fortune, and later his personal estate to revitalize the University and its medical school.

In 1916, Brookings worked with other government reformers to create the first private organization devoted to the fact-based study of public policy. The new Institute for Government Research became the chief advocate for effective and efficient public service and sought to bring “science” to the study of government. He was called to service by President Woodrow Wilson to run the Pricing Board during World War I.  It was during this service that he realized the need for developing leaders in government who were schooled in the art of handling problems. Brookings then created two sister organizations, the Institute of Economics (1922) and the Robert S. Brookings Graduate School (1923) which was part of Washington University. In 1927 these three organizations combined to create the establishment that bears his name: The Brookings Institution.

Brookings's deep commitment to public service and education is reflected in the partnership between these two institutions for which he was a common benefactor. Brookings Executive Education is committed to delivering on his promise to “teach the art of handling problems rather than simply impart accumulated knowledge.” Through BEE the remarkable legacy of Robert S. Brookings continues into a new century and all who engage in BEE classes are direct beneficiaries of this remarkable man.