PBS Series Features Former Dean George Shultz

Published on July 15, 2010

Statesman and former Chicago Booth dean George Shultz has been featured in a documentary, “Turmoil and Triumph,” aired by PBS. The three-part series, which began on Monday and continues with the next two consecutive episodes on July 19 and 26, highlights Shultz’s years as secretary of state under President Ronald Reagan, an appointment he held during critical stages of the Cold War.

With segments filmed on campus, the series also includes a look at Shultz’s years at Chicago Booth, where he served as dean for six years. Accomplishments during his tenure included helping to inaugurate the first scholarship for black students at a major business school, creating the International Business Exchange Program, and establishing several research centers. The program includes interviews with professor Gary Becker and then-dean Edward Snyder.

Leaving Chicago in 1968 to join President Richard Nixon’s administration, Shultz held such cabinet-level offices as secretary of labor and secretary of the treasury before being named secretary of state in 1982. Commentators in the film on Shultz’s diplomacy include Mikhail Gorbachev, Henry Kissinger, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Sam Nuun, Richard Reeves, and historian Walter LaFerber.

In capturing Shultz’s efforts to lead the United States and the Soviet Union toward disarmament, “a powerful case has been made for Mr. Shultz as one of the most significant statesmen in American history,” wrote a Wall Street Journal review of the film.

—Kate Fratar