Gannon University Professor to Give Final Lecture: “2016 Road to the White House”

Posted: November 2, 2016

David Kozak, Ph.D. has seen it all. As an observer of the political scene, the distinguished professor of public policy at Gannon University has been a keen observer of the unfolding of every presidential election since 1964. At his final lecture on Wednesday, November 2, he will share his insights into what is perhaps the most momentous presidential contest of the 14 he has analyzed.

The lecture will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Yehl Room of Gannon University's Waldron Campus Center, 124 W. Seventh St. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

Kozak holds a Master's in Political Science and Public Administration from Kent State University and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Pittsburgh. Kozak's career is long and varied. Well known on the national stage, he is an author, editor and contributor to more than ten books on U.S. government and politics. He has attended the national nominating conventions of both parties beginning in 1984 as academic in-residence on C-Span, CNN and the BBC.

For the past quarter century, Kozak has shared his observations on the Chautauqua Institution lecture platform. He has co- taught several courses with then-Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge and former U.S. Representative Phil English. Kozak is past program chair (1988-2001) of The Center for the Study of the Presidency, featuring presentations by presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan and George H.W. Bush. He is past faculty director for programming by The Washington Center at the 1996 and 2000 nominating conventions and seminars on the presidency.

Kozak's career at Gannon University started in 1988 following his retirement with the rank of Lt. Colonel from the U.S. Air Force. He has taught college-level political science at the U.S. Air Force Academy (1972-1981), the National War College of Washington, D.C. (1981-88) and a visiting professorship at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point (2001-03) as well as adjunct positions in the Graduate Schools of Public Affairs at both the University of Colorado and the University of Pittsburgh. A former American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow (1981-82), he has also served as a policy analyst with the Secretary of the Air Force.

His former students from the National War College have risen to the roles of National Security Advisor, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Service Chiefs of Staff, ambassadors and a presidential candidate.

Gannon University is a Catholic, diocesan university with campuses in Erie, Pa. and Ruskin, Fla. offering online and traditional associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs to more than 4,000 academically talented and diverse students.

Gannon University is dedicated to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. Inspired by the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, the University offers a comprehensive, values-centered learning experience that emphasizes faith, leadership, inclusiveness and social responsibility. 

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