Center welcomes two new staffers

(June 24, 2019) Natalie Smith and Connor Tracy join Center staff.
Center welcomes two new staffers

Natalie Smith and Connor Tracy

Two familiar faces have joined the McConnell Center staff as administrative assistants.

Natalie Smith and Connor Tracy, both 2016 graduates of the McConnell Scholars Program, will help facilitate the McConnell Center’s civic and military education programs.

“To be able to work with McConnell Scholars for four years while they are students is a tremendous honor and so much fun. To have those of such talent and energy as Connor and Natalie want to come back and serve with us as young adults is energizing to us all,” said McConnell Center Director Gary Gregg.

Smith will work primarily with implementing and broadening the Center’s civic education program, which has impacted more than 600 Kentucky social studies and civics teachers and several thousand Kentucky secondary students since its inception in 2005. One of her first major responsibilities was designing and directing last week's Young Leaders Academy, a summer residential leadership camp for top-performing high school students interested in studying the early American founding era.

Tracy will oversee the logistics and operations for the Center’s strategic broadening seminar, a 30-day leadership program for U.S. Army soldiers. He will also produce a monthly podcast series and assist Gregg on research projects relating to C.S. Lewis and the American founding.

“Connor and Natalie are joining an already tremendous team and will help us continue our momentum toward being the best educators and servants for those we seek to serve,” Gregg said.