Presidential Candidates’ Education: Jeb Bush and Carly Fiorina

FreedomContinuing the project of reviewing education and early influences on Presidential Candidates. See previous posts for other candidates.


Fiorina was born on September 6, 1954, in Austin, Texas, the daughter of Madelon Montross (née Juergens) and Joseph Tyree Sneed, III.[21] The name “Carleton”, from which “Carly” is derived, has been used in every generation of the Sneed family since the Civil War.[22] At the time of her birth, Fiorina’s father was a professor at the University of Texas School of Law.[23][24][25] He would later become dean of Duke University School of Law, Deputy U.S. Attorney General, and judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.[26] Her mother was an abstract painter.[27] She is mainly of English and German ancestry,[28][29] and was raised Episcopalian.[28]

Fiorina attended Channing School, in London. She later attended five different high schools, including one in Ghana,[30] graduating from Charles E. Jordan High School inDurham, North Carolina. At one time she aspired to be a classical pianist.[31] She received a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and medieval history at Stanford University, in 1976. During her summers, she worked as a secretary for Kelly Services.[32] She attended the UCLA School of Law in 1976, but dropped out[33] after one semester. She worked as a receptionist for six months at a real estate firm, Marcus & Millichap, moving up to a broker position. When she married in 1977, she and her husband moved to Bologna, Italy, where he was doing graduate work;[34] there she did English tutoring to Italian businessmen.[35][28]

In 1980 Fiorina received a Master of Business Administration, in marketing, from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park. In 1989 she obtained a Master of Science, in management, at the MIT Sloan School of Management, under the Sloan Fellows program.[36]

Books:  Rising to the Challenge: My Leadership Journey; Tough Choices; Who Is Carly Fiorina?

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Jeb Bush was born on February 11, 1953 in Midland, Texas. When he was six years old, the family relocated to the Tanglewoodneighborhood[7] of Houston, Texas.[8] The nickname “Jeb” is composed of his initials J.E.B. (John Ellis Bush).[9]

He grew up with two younger brothers, Neil and Marvin, one younger sister, Dorothy, and one older brother, George, who is seven years older. Jeb Bush initially attended Grady Elementary School in Houston.[10] Following in the footsteps of his father and older brother George, at the age of 14 years in late 1967,[7] Bush began attending high school at theAndover, Massachusetts boarding school Phillips Academy, Andover.[11] Even though he received poor grades at first, he made the honor roll by the end of his senior year and served as captain of the tennis team.[12]

At the age of 17, Bush taught English as a second language and assisted in the building of a school in Ibarrilla, a small village outside of León, Guanajuato, Mexico,[13] as part of Andover’s student exchange summer program.[14] While in Mexico, he met his future wife,Columba Garnica Gallo.[14][15]

Bush, who had largely avoided criticizing or supporting the Vietnam War, registered for the draft after his graduation from high school in 1971.[12] In the fourth and final draft lottery drawing, on February 2, 1972, for men born in 1953 and to be inducted during 1973, Bush received a draft number of 26 on a calendar-based scale that went to 365. But no new draft orders were issued after 1972,[16]because the U.S. changed to an all-volunteer military beginning in 1973.[17]

Though many in his family had attended Yale University, Bush chose to attend the University of Texas at Austin, beginning in September 1971.[7] He played on the Texas Longhorns varsity tennis team in 1973.[7] He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Latin American studies.[7][18] He completed his coursework in two and a half years. ~ Widipedia [19]

Books: Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution; Aggressive Conservatism in Florida

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