Director's Biography

About Gary L. Gregg, II, PhD

McConnell Center Director Gary Gregg, PhD

McConnell Center Director

  • Dr. Gary L. Gregg, II, holds the Mitch McConnell Chair in Leadership at the University of Louisville and is director of the McConnell Center. He is the author or editor of six books including The Presidential Republic, Patriot Sage: George Washington and the American Political Tradition and Securing Democracy: Why We Have an Electoral College
  • He is an award winning teacher and has been the national director of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. He has a bachelor's degree from Davis and Elkins College and a master's degree and doctorate from Miami University (Ohio).


  • 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