Former Gov. Linda Lingle will teach a class on public policy this spring at California State University at Northridge, her alma mater.
From Lingle, a two-term Republican governor who lost a campaign for U.S. Senate in 2012:
There is so much cynicism today. And, there are people, including some who go into politics, who seem to feel ‘if you disagree with me, you’re a bad person and your motives are bad.’ That’s not the way it should be.
There are so many people who enter public service because they believe they can make a positive difference in people’s lives, but we forget that. If you are entering the public policy arena, you need to be able to communicate and put aside differences when necessary.
I want my students to be effective public policy makers.