Kentucky Heartland Institute on Public Policy

Phone: 270.789.5520
Fax:     270.789.5020

Campbellsville University has established the Kentucky Heartland Institute on Public Policy to primarily focus its attention on facilitating public policy study and issues debate, while encouraging the involvement of Christian leaders in the public and civic arenas.

Since its founding in 1999 a wide range of public issues have been studied and presented by the Institute for the purposes of engaging Campbellsville University students, faculty and staff, and the general public, in a greater awareness and understanding of the myriad issues confronting our culture.

The Kentucky Heartland Institute on Public Policy is committed to preparing Christian civic and political leaders for the 21st century. A greater awareness of the public policy process and understanding of the numerous issues being debated in our nation is essential for the citizenry as a whole.

The Kentucky Heartland Institute on Public Policy invites you, the concerned citizen and student of the American political process, to attend one or more events to be presented this fall on the campus of Campbellsville University. All events are free and open to the public.



Director for KHIPP 

John Chowning serves as Vice President for Church and External Relations and Executive Assistant to the President Campbellsville University. He is the founding director of CU’s Kentucky Heartland Institute on Public Policy and teaches part-time in the institution’s political science program. 



Advisors for KHIPP

Mr. Bob Babbage is serving as a special advisor to the executive director of KHIPP and is involved in the development of forums, lecture series, and other activities. Mr. Babbage is founding partner of a lobbying and government relations firm headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky and has served as Kentucky State Auditor, Secretary of State, State Democratic Party Chair, and candidate for Governor. He is a well-known speaker and writer and holds degrees from the University of Kentucky (master), Lexington Theological Seminary (master), and Eastern Kentucky University (bachelor).




Dr. Mary Wilgus is a former Professor of History and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Campbellsville University, retiring in 2013. She served on various University committees and taught history in graduate and undergraduate programs. She is published in British Imperial History. Before returning to her native Kentucky in 1997, Dr. Wilgus taught history and was the Social Science division chair at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, NC. She holds history degrees from Vanderbilt University (Ph.D.) and Middle Tennessee State University (M.A. and B.A.).




Mr. Max Wise serves as an assistant professor of Political Science, and is the lead professor for the Homeland Security minor. Before teaching at Campbellsville University, Professor Wise was employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) where he worked in the intelligence and counterterrorism arena. Professor Wise worked at FBI Headquarters, FBI Lexington (KY) Joint Terrorism Task Force, FBI Louisville Field Intelligence Group, and was the FBI’s representative at the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security’s Intelligence Fusion Center. His expertise is in Al-Qaeda and domestic extremists.




    Dr. DeWayne Frazier is the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Campbellsville University. He serves on various committees across campus including the Administrative Council, Diversity Committee, and Strategic Planning. He currently chairs the Graduate Council. Dr. Frazier earned his Bachelor’s degree from Campbellsville University in Political Science/ Mathematics. He completed his M.A. in international politics at the Patterson School for Diplomacy and International Commerce on the campus of the University of Kentucky and finished an additional M.A. at the University of Louisville in higher education administration. Dr. Frazier completed his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development at the University of Louisville. The topic of his dissertation was the “Job Satisfaction of International Educators in the Post-September 11th Era”. Dr. Frazier and his wife Sarah, also a former CU student and employee, have been married for 10 years and have three children. They are both members of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.