Director's Biography

About Gary L. Gregg, II, PhD

McConnell Center Director Gary Gregg, PhD

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 leadership.

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 the National Journal and Washington Post and led to several national television and radio appearances for Gregg. His most recent scholarly work, "Thinking about the Presidency" was published in 2005. He is also author of a young adult fiction series.

Gregg has organized dozens of educational events on campus for students and the community since he assumed the Mitch McConnell Chair in Political Leadership at the univeristy. Among them were Colin Powell's first major foreign policy address after becoming U.S. Secretary of State in 2001. That address, which became known as “the Louisville address” in diplomatic circles, garnered worldwide attention for the university and the state.

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.


  • Ph.D., Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, August, 1994. (Political Science)
  • M.A., Miami University,Oxford, Ohio, December, 1991. (Political Science)
  • B.A., cum laude, Davis and Elkins College, Elkins, West Virginia, May, 1990. (History and Political Science)
  • Additional Graduate Study - University of Notre Dame, Seminar for the Study of Western Institutions, The Pan-American Institute for Political Studies, Notre Dame, Indiana, 1991.
  • Honorary Degree - Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, Davis and Elkins College, Elkins, West Virginia, May, 2007.



  • Gregg is the author of the Remnant Chronicles series, a young adult fictional trilogy highlighting the adventures of sixth-grader Jacob Boyd. The first book, The Sporran, was published in 2008, while the Iona Conspiracy was published in 2010. Both are available for purchase.


Select Honors and Awards

  • Richard and Helen DeVos Freedom Center Leadership Award, awarded by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, Hotel DuPont, Wilmington, Delaware, May 1, 2008.
  • Honorary Life-Time Member, Association of Chinese Political Studies (USA), awarded spring 2006 at "Chinese in the 21st Century" conference, Louisville, KY.
  • Graduate Alumni Lecture Series Award, Graduate School of Miami University, Fall 2003.
  • Commissioned a Kentucky Colonel, April 2001 by Governor Paul Patton.
  • Listed in Who's Who Among America's Teachers, beginning with 1996 and continuing.
  • Davis & Elkins College Outstanding Young Alumnus for 1994.
  • Distinguished Graduate Student Teaching Award, 1993-1994 (College of Arts and Sciences, Miami University). Named one of two most outstanding graduate student teachers for this award which included a financial grant.
  • James H. Swanton Prize in History, 1990 (Davis and Elkins College).  Named most outstanding history student by the history faculty of Davis and Elkins College.
  • Judith A. Herndon Fellow, 1989 (West Virginia State Legislature). One of only ten undergraduates chosen by a select committee of state legislators and academics to participate in a semester long internship in the legislative and executive branches of state government.
  • Dorothy F. Roberts Political Science Academic Achievement Award, 1988 (Davis and Elkins College).  Named most outstanding political science student by the political science faculty of Davis and Elkins College.
  • Frasure-Singleton Intern, 1988 (West Virginia State Legislature). One of fifty students chosen to participate in a week long  program of practical experience and seminars in the state legislature.

Research Interests

  • The presidency and public politics
  • Representation and American political institutions
  • Political and constitutional thought at the American founding