McConnell Center to host CIA Director Gina Haspel

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – CIA Director Gina Haspel will be at the University of Louisville September 24 to take part in the McConnell Center’s Distinguished Speaker Series.
McConnell Center to host CIA Director Gina Haspel

CIA Director Gina Haspel

Haspel will be interviewed by fellow UofL graduate Scott Jennings. Jennings is longtime public affairs expert, political commentator and co-founder/partner for Louisville-based RunSwitch Public Relations.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, UofL President Neeli Bendapudi and McConnell Center Director Gary Gregg will join Haspel and Jennings on stage.

“What a day for the University of Louisville. To host the director of the CIA, the majority leader of the U.S. Senate and a regular CNN commentator–all UofL alumni–on the same stage is an amazing opportunity for our university,” said Gary Gregg, director of the McConnell Center.

Born in Ashland, Haspel took the CIA helm in May. She is the first woman to hold that position and has more than 30 years of intelligence experience, including many years as an overseas operative. She is the second CIA Director to appear as a McConnell Center guest. The first was David Petraeus who spoke at the Center in 2012.

The free, public discussion begins at 9 a.m. in Bigelow Hall, Miller Information Technology Center. The event will be streamed live at


  • Individual tickets must be requested online.
  • Tickets are nontransferable and are extremely limited.
  • Tickets are required for entry with photo IDs that match each name requested. 

About the McConnell Center

The non-partisan McConnell Center, created at UofL in 1991, prepares Kentucky's top undergraduate students to become future leaders; offers civic education programs for teachers, students and the public; and conducts strategic leadership development for the U.S. Army.