Gleaves Whitney participated in the third panel of the Hauenstein Center’s Bush legacy conference in Washington, D.C. The panel explored “Presidential Powers and the Bush Legacy.”
Gleaves Whitney became director of Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies in 2003. Prior to his arrival at Grand Valley, Gleaves worked 11 years in Michigan Governor John Engler’s administration, serving as senior writer, chief speechwriter, and historian.
In addition to his public work, Gleaves is a scholar who writes and lectures nationally on a variety of historical topics. He is author or editor of 13 books including most recently (with Mark Rozell) Religion and the American Presidency and Religion and the Bush Presidency. Other books include American Presidents: Farewell Addresses to the Nation, 1796-2001; John Engler: The Man, the Leader & the Legacy; and 6 volumes of Messages of the Governors of Michigan. Another book on the Bush presidency is forthcoming.
Gleaves is a senior scholar at the Center for the American Idea in Houston, Texas, and he is the first senior fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal. His work has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, and journals.
Gleaves graduated with honors from Colorado State University (1980), was elected into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society (1980), and was a Fulbright scholar in Germany (1984-85). His master’s degree and doctoral candidacy were at the University of Michigan, where he was a Richard M. Weaver fellow (1987-88) and an H. B. Earhart Fellow (1988-91). He has taught at the University of Michigan, Droste-Hulshof Gymnasium, Colorado State University, and Grand Valley State University. In 2006, he received the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the Graduate Theological Union (Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology), Berkeley, California.