MONTPELIER - Lt. Governor Brian Dubie is among a group of 24 elected public officials convening for the first time today in Aspen, Colorado as 2008's recipients of The Aspen Institute's Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership. The opening session runs through this weekend.
According to the Institute, participants are "selected on their reputation for intellect, thoughtfulness, and a bipartisan approach to governing." The class is evenly divided between Republican and Democratic office-holders who serve in state and local government, and this year represent 22 states.
The Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership program, established in 2005, works to enhance American democracy by convening the nation's most promising young political leaders in a casual, bipartisan setting to explore the underlying values and principles of western democracy, the relationship between individuals and their community, and the responsibilities of public leadership. The Class of 2008 will meet two more times over the course of their 24-month Fellowship.
All expenses associated with attending the program are paid for by The Aspen Institute.
More information on Rodel Fellows and the program can be found at aspeninstitute.org/rodel.