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
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
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