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Gary  L. Gregg, PhD

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Gary L. Gregg, Ph.D. directs the McConnell Center, a nonpartisan program at the University of Louisville that attracts the best and brightest students from around Kentucky and grooms them for careers in effective leadeparship. Since 2000, he has also held the Mitch McConnell Chair in Leadership at the University of Louisville.

An award-winning political science teacher and expert on the U.S. presidency, Gregg has written or edited several books, including Securing Democracy: Why We Have an Electoral College. That book was reviewed in such publications as the National Journal and Washington Post and has led to Gregg being identified as one of the nation’s top experts on the Electoral College. Discussing that topic, he has appeared on dozens of national and international television and radio programs including “Hard Ball with Chris Matthews” and “The O’Reilly Factor” and has been quoted in publications across the world including The New York Times. He has also written or edited a dozen books on the American Founding, George Washington and American politics. He has also published a series of young adult fantasy novels under the series title The Remnant Chronicles.

As director of the McConnell Center, Gregg has organized hundreds of educational events on campus for students and the community. He has hosted such dignitaries as Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Hillary Clinton, CIA Directors Gina Haspel and David Petraeus, Vice President Joe Biden, Supreme Court Justices John Roberts, Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas and nearly forty other top national leaders. He has organized conferences, published academic books and studies, and has been a guest speaker on dozens of other campuses including West Point, Princeton University and the U.S. Naval Academy.

Under his leadership, the McConnell Center has grown from being a small local scholarship program into becoming a nationally recognized “oasis of excellence in higher education.” The Center now hosts programs for undergraduate McConnell Scholars, high school student leaders, American history and civics teachers, the general public and the U.S. Army. In 2014 he pioneered a new type of “broadening” education for the U.S. military, and the Center now hosts an annual 30-day “Strategic Broadening Seminar” for promising young leaders in the U.S. Army. He has also built partnerships with West Point, the Naval Academy, the U.S. Army War College and Harvard University’s Institute of Politics.

A Pennsylvania native, Gregg earned his bachelor's degree from Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia and received his master's and doctoral degrees in political science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Before joining U of L, Gregg was national director of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that seeks to convey to college youth a better understanding of values and institutions that sustain a free society. He was assistant professor of political science at Clarion University in Pennsylvania from 1994-96 and a teaching fellow at Miami University from 1992-94.

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