Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology

Gleaves Whitney

Gleaves Whitney

Professional Background:

For eleven years, Gleaves Whitney served as chief speechwriter and historian in Michigan Governor John Engler's administration. At the request of Governor Engler he served in a task force that helped bring sweeping education and school finance reforms to Michigan that the New York Times called “the most dramatic in the nation.” In addition to his work at the Hauenstein Center, he serves as a senior scholar at the Center for the American Idea in Houston, Texas, and is the first senior fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal. Since 2003, Gleaves has served as the director of Grand Valley State University's Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, whose purpose is to advance discussion of the U.S. presidency among scholars, government leaders, student leaders, and the public.


B.A with honors from Colorado State University

M.A and Doctorate from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Point Of Interest:

Gleaves Whitney insists upon the importance in public discourse of what he has called “the Permanent Things,” the transcendentals that are truth, beauty and goodness. Gleaves has opposed the cynicism that threatens contemporary political discourse, and has reminded us of our obligation to undertake our public responsibilities with courage.

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