WASHINGTON (February 7, 2021) The McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University (ASU) mourns the passing of George Shultz, an American statesmen and a pillar of public service.

As Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan, Shultz oversaw a foreign policy that put freedom first and engineered the end of the Soviet Union. One of two people to hold four cabinet level posts, there was little in American civic life that was not directly impacted by Shultz.

In 2010, after presenting Shultz with the International Republican Institute’s (IRI) Freedom Award Senator McCain said “One day, many years from now, when freedom has won its ultimate triumph over tyranny and darkness, historians of the future will remember George Shultz as one of the finest authors of that success.”

“At a time where character-driven leadership is needed in public life, George Shultz set an example for all,” said Institute Executive Director Ambassador Mark Green. “His lifelong commitment to service and furthering America’s interests will continue to inspire future generations.”

On behalf of the McCain Institute, Board of Trustees Chair Cindy McCain said “George Shultz is an icon of American public service and someone who my husband John admired very much. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones at this time.”


About the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University
Inspired by the character-driven leadership of Sen. John S. McCain and his family’s legacy of public service, the McCain Institute implements programs and initiatives to make a difference in people’s lives across a range of critical areas: leadership development, human rights, rule of law, national security, preventing targeted violence and combating human trafficking.

About Arizona State University
Arizona State University has developed a new model for the American research university, creating an institution that is committed to access, excellence and impact. ASU measures itself by those it includes, not by those it excludes. As the prototype for a New American University, ASU pursues research that contributes to the public good, and ASU assumes major responsibility for the economic, social and cultural vitality of the communities that surround it.