“KHIPP: 2012 Presidential Election Forum

“KHIPP: 2012 Presidential Election Forum

Tue, October 9, 2012 5:00 PM

Featured Speakers: Mr. Trey Grayson, Director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University. Mr. Grayson has garnered praise as one of the nation’s top new political leaders and a “rising star.” He was first elected as Kentucky’s Secretary of State in 2003 and then re-elected by a wide margin in 2007. During his time in office, Mr. Grayson established nationally acclaimed programs in elections, civic education, business services, and government innovation. Prior to serving in public office Mr. Grayson was a practicing attorney in Kentucky and Ohio. Mr. Grayson earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard College in 1994, serving as the vice chair of the IOP Student Advisory Committee. He earned a law degree and an MBA from the University of Kentucky in 1998; Mr. Colmon Elridge, Appointed in 2007 as Executive Assistant to the Governor Steve Beshear and in 2008 as Director of the White House Faith Based Initiatives. Mr. Elridge is also the Vice President for the Young Democrats of America. A native of Harrison County, Mr. Elridge attended Transylvania University and while there held numerous leadership positions, including president of College Democrats of Kentucky. He also earned a graduate degree at Eastern Kentucky University, where he served as executive vice president for the EKU Student Government Association, president of EKU College Democrats, and vice president of Madison County Young Democrats; and Mr. Jeffery Scott Jennings, Director of Strategic Development and Senior Strategist for Peritus Public Relations in Louisville, Kentucky. Mr. Jennings was a United States political appointee in the administration of George W. Bush after serving as Associate Director in the Office of Political Affairs at the White House. The president appointed Jennings to the position of Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs in 2005. Jennings is a native of Dawson Springs, Kentucky, received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisville in 2000 where he was a McConnell Scholar. While a student at the University of Louisville, he was news anchor and reporter for WHAS Radio. Jennings served as political director for President Bush’s 2000 Kentucky campaign, Sen. Mitch McConnell in his 2002 re-election campaign, Gov. Ernie Fletcher in his 2003 campaign, and managed President Bush’s campaign in New Mexico in 2004, before joining the White House. Jennings is frequently quoted by media outlets as a political analyst.

 5:00 P.M. Banquet Hall of The Badgett Academic Support Center

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