2012 Annual Conference Participant Biographies

Erik J. Anderson is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Grove City College and a visiting investigator at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). His research interests include biofluid dynamics and biomimetic robotics.  He holds a B.S. in biology and physics from Gordon College, a master’s in biology from St. Francis Xavier University, and a joint Ph.D. in ocean engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and WHOI. He was a postdoctoral fellow in ichthyology at Harvard’s Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. He also taught high school science and math at Black Forest Academy in Germany. Anderson spends his summers doing research at Harvard and WHOI together with select GCC undergrads. His work was featured in Inside JEB (the Journal of Experimental Biology) in 2005 and made the August 2007 cover of JEB. He has served as an invited staff member at WHOI’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics summer program, was a recipient of WHOI’s Ocean Ventures Award for innovative research, and was a Fulbright fellow to Canada.

  • Lecture topic: “More Challenges in the Sciences: From Evolution to Environmentalism” (with Glenn Marsch)
  • Paper topic: “Guilty by Association: Why Conservatives Shouldn’t Be Surprised That They Are Perceived as Anti-science and Why They Should Be Concerned”

Stacy G. Birmingham is dean for the Albert A. Hopeman, Jr., School of Science, Engineering and Mathematics at Grove City College, where she serves as professor of mechanical engineering. Her areas of interest and research activity include: complex fluids, cell-surface interactions, and pedagogical issues at engineering teaching institutions. She holds a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

  • Panel & Paper topic: “Challenges in the Sciences: Educational Policy, the Academy and Funding for Research”

William P. Birmingham is chair of the department of computer science and a professor of computer science and electrical engineering at Grove City College. He is also a fellow and working group coordinator for artificial intelligence and computer technology with The Center for Vision & Values. Birmingham has worked as an associate professor at the University of Michigan; co-founder, director, and project leader of Trimeter Technologies (in Pittsburgh, PA); and an AI engineer for the Carnegie Group (also in Pittsburgh). He holds a B.S.E.E., Masters in electrical engineering/computer engineering, and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

  • Panel & Paper topic: “Challenges in the Sciences: Educational Policy, the Academy and Funding for Research”

Linda J. Christie is professor of business and entrepreneurship at Grove City College. She has previously held faculty positions at George Washington and George Mason universities and taught courses internationally in Ankara, Turkey and Chongqing and Chengdu, China. Christie holds a B.S. in accounting from Indiana University, an M.S. in organizational behavior from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Ph.D. in industrial administration from Carnegie Mellon University. She has also attended Harvard University Law School for negotiation and conflict resolution and Harvard Business School for the art and craft of discussion leadership and case teaching.

  • Lecture & Paper topic: “Prudent Start-Up Manufacturing: Why China is a Sound Business Choice for Entrepreneurs”

Craig E. Columbus is the executive director of the entrepreneurship program and chair of the department of entrepreneurship at Grove City College. He is also a fellow for entrepreneurship and innovation with The Center for Vision & Values. A former senior executive within the asset management, financial information, venture capital, digital media and broadcasting industries, Columbus has guided two start-ups from incubation to large-entity acquisition and integration. A frequent commentator on political economy, regulatory, and public policy issues, he has been a popular guest on CNBC television, appearing regularly on shows such as “Power Lunch,” the “Morning Call,” and “Kudlow and Company.” Columbus earned his B.A. from Loyola University, M.B.A. from Penn State University, and J.D. from Indiana University.

  • Lecture topic: “Conservatives, Liberals, and Government Regulation of American Business”

Michael L. Coulter is a professor of humanities and political science at Grove City College. His academic specialties are American government and political theory. A co-editor of the “Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Teaching, Social Science and Social Policy” (Scarecrow Press, Volumes 1 and 2, 2007; Volume 3: Supplement, 2012), Coulter has also has authored chapters for “Church-State Issues in America Today,” (Praeger, 2008) and “Catholic Social Teaching: American Reflections on the Compendium” (Lexington Books, 2008), and has contributed to several reference works, including the “Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court” and “Movies in American History.” Coulter graduated from Grove City College and holds both an M.A. and a Ph.D. in politics from the University of Dallas.

  • Keynote discussion topic: “Can We Get Along?: Libertarians & Compassionate Conservatives in 2012” (with Marvin Olasky, Matt Kibbe and Lee Wishing)

Becky Norton Dunlop is vice president for external relations at The Heritage Foundation where she oversees four program areas—coalition relations, lectures and seminars, young leaders program and strategic outreach. Her previous experience includes White House service, from 1981-89, under the Reagan administration as deputy assistant for presidential personnel and special assistant to the president and director of his Cabinet office. She also ran her own management and consulting firm, Century Communications, and served as secretary of natural resources in Virginia under Governor George Allen from 1994-98. The author of “Clearing the Air” (Alexis de Tocqueville Institute, 2000), Dunlop was appointed as chairwoman of the Federal Services Impasse Panel by President George W. Bush in 2002. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

  • Lecture topic: “Fusionism and All That Conservative Jazz”

Jason R. Edwards is an associate professor of history at Grove City College and a fellow with The Center for Vision & Values. The co-author of “Ask the Professor: What Freshmen Need to Know 2.0” (TDH Communications, 2012), Edwards is a Lehrman Scholar and Salvatori Fellow for the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, has worked in partnership with Princeton University’s James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions and serves on the board of the Society for Classical Learning. Edwards received a B.A. in history from Asbury College, his M.A. in history from the University of Kentucky and his doctorate in history and philosophy of education from the University of Kentucky.

  • Lecture & Paper topic: “School-holm” Syndrome: The History of Federal Legislative Involvement in American Schooling”

Marvin J. Folkertsma is chairman of the political science department, professor of political science, and director of the Washington internship program at Grove City College. A fellow for American studies with The Center for Vision & Values, he is also the author of several non-fiction and fiction books, including “Ideology and Leadership” (Prentice Hall, 1988) and a high-energy novel titled “The Thirteenth Commandment” (Glenbridge Publishing, 2004). His current projects include “The Temperaments of Politics,” “The Politics of Deliverance,” and international studies. Folkertsma received his B.A. from Calvin College and both his M.A. and Ph.D. from Wayne State University.

  • Lecture & Paper topic: “Twainiac Conservatism: Twain Versus Croly on America”

Michael Gerson is a nationally syndicated columnist whose biweekly commentaries on politics, global health, development, religion and foreign policy appear in the Washington Post. He is the author of “Heroic Conservatism: Why Republicans Need to Embrace America’s Ideals (And Why They Deserve to Fail If They Don’t)” (HarperOne, 2007) and co-author of “City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era” (Moody, 2010). Gerson is currently the Hastert Fellow at the J. Dennis Hastert Center for Economics, Government, and Public Policy at Wheaton College. From 2006 to 2009, he was the Roger Hertog Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and prior to that, Gerson was an aide to President George W. Bush as Assistant to the President for Policy and Strategic Planning. He also served in the White House as deputy assistant to the president and director of presidential speechwriting and assistant to the president for speechwriting and policy advisor. Gerson is a graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois.

  • Lecture topic: “Heroic Conservatism in 2012”

T. David Gordon is a professor of religion and Greek at Grove City College and author of “Why Johnny Can’t Preach: The Media Have Shaped the Messengers” (P&R Publishing, 2009) and “Why Johnny Can’t Sing Hymns: How Pop Culture Rewrote the Hymnal” (P&R Publishing, 2010). Gordon, whose academic specialty is New Testament, has contributed to a number of books and written numerous journal and magazine articles. Before he began teaching at Grove City College in 1999, he also taught at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary for 14 years, among other places, and was pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashua, NH, for nine years. Gordon received a B.L.A. from Roanoke College, a M.A.R. and Th.M. from Westminster Theological Seminary, and his Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary.

  • Lecture & Paper topic: “Conservatism and Christianity”

Clare L. Gray is a board-certified physician and founder of “Physicians for Reform,” a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving patient-centered healthcare. Author of the book, “The Battle for America’s Soul: Healthcare, the Culture War, and the Future of Freedom” (Eventide Publishing, 2011), Gray is one of the nation’s leading patient advocates, having placed opinion editorials with Fox News, The Washington Times, Investor’s Business Daily, The Washington Examiner, and The Hill, among others. A noted public speaker, he has spoken to thousands of people at town hall events, was invited to speak on the West Lawn of the U.S Capitol in 2009, and addressed the estimated 1.2 million people at the Tea Party’s March on Washington. Gray earned his B.S. from the University of Minnesota in electrical engineering/life sciences /officer training, where his undergraduate research led to six patent disclosures in the area of fiber optics, robotics, and data acquisition. He received his medical training at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

  • Panel topic: “Healthcare Policy in the Age of Obamacare: Perspectives from a Physician & an Economist” (with Dr. Tracy C. Miller)

Gillis J. Harp is a professor of history at Grove City College and member of the faith & politics working group with The Center for Vision & Values. He is the author of “Positivist Republic: Auguste Comte and the Reconstruction of American Liberalism, 1865-1920” (Penn State Press, 1995) and “Brahmin Prophet: Phillips Brooks and the Path of Liberal Protestantism” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003). Dr. Harp has previously taught at McGill University and the University of Toronto, and is currently researching a book on the history of American conservatism. His academic specialty is American intellectual and cultural history, especially the nineteenth century. Harp earned his B.A. in history from Carleton University, and both his M.A. and Ph.D. in American history from the University of Virginia.

  • Paper topic: “Conservatism & Religion in America: An historical overview”

Andrew J. Harvey is an associate professor of English at Grove City College and a contributing scholar with The Center for Vision & Values. Prior to coming to Grove City, he taught English at Eastern Mennonite University, University of Virginia College at Wise, and was a teaching fellow in the department of English at UNC Chapel Hill. His academic specialty is medieval and renaissance English Literature. Harvey received his B.A. from James Madison University and both his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • Paper topic: “The Ground of Conservative Difference”

Mark W. Hendrickson is a faculty member, economist, and fellow for economic and social policy with The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. The author of “Famous But Nameless: Lessons and Inspirations from the Bible’s Anonymous Characters” (iUniverse, 2011) and “America’s March Toward Communism” (Libertarian Press, 1987), he has taught at Westminster College and Allegheny College in addition to publishing hundreds of articles on politics and economics. While serving as director of seminars at the Foundation for Economic Education in 1991, he created the “Fee Classics” series of books, editing the first two volumes of “The Morality of Capitalism” (Foundation for Economic Education, 1992). Dr. Hendrickson received his B.A. from Albion College with both his M.A. and Ph.D. from International University. He also studied law at the University of Michigan, literature at Oxford, moral education at Harvard, and economics under the tutelage of the renowned Austrian economist and legendary Grove City College professor Dr. Hans F. Sennholz.

  • Lecture & Paper topic: “What We Have Forgotten”

Jeffrey M. Herbener is chair of the department of economics at Grove City College and a fellow for economic theory & policy with The Center for Vision & Values. He is also a senior fellow at the Ludwig Von Mises Institute, on the editorial board of “The Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics,” director of the Austrian Student Scholars Conference and has taught economics at Washington and Jefferson College. Herbener has edited two books, “The Pure Time Preference Theory of Interest” (Mises Institute, 2011) and “The Meaning of Ludwig von Mises: Contributions in Economics, Sociology, Epistemology, and Political Philosophy” (Springer, 1992) and has authored over one hundred articles in popular and scholarly venues including The Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily and the Journal of Libertarian Studies. Herbener received his B.S. from Nebraska Wesleyan University and both his M.S. and Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University.

  • Panel topic: “Conservatives & the Economy: Assessing the Critical Issues” (with Shawn Ritenour)

Joseph Horton is professor of psychology at Grove City College and a researcher with The Center for Vision & Values. Among the courses he teaches are Marriage and Family Assessment and Intervention, Child Development, Foundations of Psychological Science, and Advanced Research Methods. He is particularly interested in reasoning in young children, character development in adolescents as well as marriage and the impact of marriage on children. He is part of The Center for Research on Positive Youth Development at Grove City College. The research done by the center has been funded by the John Templeton Foundation. He served as board chair of Pregnancy Services of Western Pennsylvania, a pro-life, Christian pregnancy help center. Horton earned his B.S. from Kutztown University, and both his M.S. and Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University, with an emphasis in developmental psychology.

  • Panel topic: “Conservative Challenges in the Culture War” (with Warren Throckmorton)

Richard G. Jewell is the eighth president of Grove City College. The Pittsburgh lawyer and businessman was a former director of the nation’s largest forensic accounting firm, Navigant Consulting. Prior to joining Navigant, Jewell was a senior administrator in applied research at the University of Pittsburgh, executive vice president of the University of Pittsburgh Trust, a member of the university’s senior management council and president of the Pittsburgh Applied Research Corporation. He was first elected to the Grove City College board of trustees in 1974 and also holds faculty rank in the business department as professor of business law and public policy. Dr. Jewell graduated cum laude from Grove City College with high honors in political science and went on to graduate from the University of Michigan Law School with a Juris Doctor degree.

  • Lecture topic: “In the Beginning: Washington and the Birth of American Political Parties”

Paul C. Kemeny is professor of religion and humanities at Grove City College and a fellow for character & ethics with The Center for Vision & Values. He is the author of “Princeton in the Nation’s Service: Religious Ideals and Educational Practice, 1868-1928,” of the Religion in America Series (Oxford University Press, 1998) and co-editor of “American Church History: A Reader” (Abingdon Press, 1998). His academic specialties are history of religion, American culture, and American higher education, and he is currently researching a book, “The First Moral Majority: The New England Watch and Ward Society and Moral Reform Politics in Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth-Century America,” in addition to serving as the editor of “Church, State, and Social Justice: Five Views” (InterVarsity Press, 2007). Kemeny received his B.A. from Wake Forest University, his M.A.R. and M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary, a Th.M. from Duke University, and his Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary.

  • Lecture & Paper topic: “Evangelical Intellectuals’ Criticisms of the Religious Right: Is This the End of the Evangelical-Republican Marriage?”

Paul Kengor is the executive director of The Center for Vision & Values and professor of political science at Grove City College. Known for his best-selling books, “God and Ronald Reagan” (ReganBooks, 2004), “The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism” (ReganBooks, 2006), and “Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century” (ISI Books, 2010), Kengor frequently appears as a political commentator on national radio and television. His other books include “God and George W. Bush” (ReganBooks, 2005), “The Judge: William P. Clark, Ronald Reagan’s Top Hand” (Ignatius Press, 2007), and “God and Hillary Clinton” (Harper, 2007). He received his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, his M.A. from American University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.

  • Paper topic: “Compassionate Conservatism 101: George W. Bush’s Africa Aids Initiative”
  • Paper topic: “What’s a ‘Reagan Conservative?’”
  • Lecture topic: “Bush Conservatism and Reagan Conservatism”

Matt Kibbe is the president and CEO of FreedomWorks (previously known as Citizens for a Sound Economy), an organization he has been with for over 15 years. He also serves as distinguished senior fellow at the Austrian Economic Center in Vienna, Austria. Kibbe is coauthor, with Dick Armey, of the New York Times bestseller Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto (HarperCollins, 2010). He also authored “Rules for Patriots: A Pocket Primer for Patriotic Americans.” Prior to joining FreedomWorks, Kibbe served as chief of staff and House Budget Committee associate for U.S. Representative Dan Miller (R-FL), director of federal budget policy for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, senior economist for the Republican National Committee during Lee Atwater’s tenure as Chairman and managing editor of “Market Process”—an academic economics journal published by the Center for the Study of Market Processes at George Mason University. Kibbe earned his B.A. in economics from Grove City College and did graduate work in the economics department at George Mason University.

  • Keynote discussion topic: “Can We Get Along?: Libertarians & Compassionate Conservatives in 2012” (with Marvin Olasky, Michael L. Coulter and Lee Wishing)

Helen E. Krieble is the founder and president of The Vernon K. Krieble Foundation, a private foundation dedicated to public policy and America’s founding principles. An active supporter of free enterprise and entrepreneurship, she is a leader in the debate on illegal immigration, having spoken at many forums, including both Houses of Congress, the Heritage Lecture, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Institute of the Americas, and given testimony before a U.S. Senate Committee. The author of “Two Paths to Safety: A Private Sector Initiative to Break the Illegal Immigration Deadlock,” Ms. Krieble is also a renowned art historian, was an assistant professor of art history at Hartford College for Women and served as a Regent at the University of Hartford. She is a founding board member of the Leadership Program of the Rockies, one of the most highly acclaimed and successful political leadership training programs in the country. Ms. Krieble earned a B.A. from Harvard-Radcliffe, a M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and did post-graduate work at John Hopkins.

  • Lecture topic: “Immigration & Border Security: The Red Card Solution”

Andrew W. Markley is a professor, chair of the department of business at Grove City College and contributing scholar with The Center for Vision & Values. His scholarly interests include corporate governance, corporate social responsibility issues and Russian legal and institutional reform. Along with Jim Roberts, he is co-author of a forthcoming Heritage Foundation Backgrounder entitled “U.S. Should Oppose International Corporate Social Responsibility Mandates.”  At Grove City, his teaching encompasses courses such as the legal environment of business, international business law, and advanced business law. He has lectured at universities in France, China, Russia and Chile. Prior to coming to Grove City, he was a partner (mergers and acquisitions; securities; banking) with Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, Attorneys at Law. Markley received his B.A. from Grove City College, his M.P.I.A. from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and his Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

  • Lecture & Paper topic: “Corporate Social Responsibility: The New Socialism”

Glenn Marsch is a professor of physics at Grove City College. His research interests include: structure and function of cytochromes P450, explorations in faith and science and the structure and function of damaged DNA. Prior to coming to Grove City, he was the Alexander Hollaender Postdoctoral Fellow at Iowa State University, a postdoctoral fellow at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and is presently an associate of the Center in Molecular Toxicology, Vanderbilt University. Marsch earned his B.S. in physics from Clemson University and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics from Florida State University.

  • Lecture topic: “More Challenges in the Sciences: From Evolution to Environmentalism” (with Erik J. Anderson)
  • Paper topic: “Witness: How Liberals Can Be Anti-science and What
    Conservatives Can Do about It.”

Jon Medved is the co-founder, CEO, and director of Vringo, the creator of an award-winning video ringtone application and web platform. In 2008, The New York Times recognized the native-born Californian as one of 10 most influential Americans in Israel. A successful venture capitalist and “serial entrepreneur,” Medved co-founded Israel Seed Partners—a venture capital firm specializing in seed, startup and early stage ventures. With $262 million in assets under management, and with investments in 60 Israeli companies, he served as the fund’s co-manager for over a decade. Prior to ISP, Medved served as executive vice president of marketing and sales and a member of the founding management team of Accent Software International, which developed multilingual internet publishing, browsing and email software. He was also a founder of—and served as executive vice president of marketing and sales for—MERET Optical Communications, which helped pioneer fiber optic communication systems for video transmission and was later acquired by Amoco Corporation. Medved studied history at the University of California, Berkeley.

  • Lunch lecture topic: “When I’m 64: Israel & American Conservatives since 1948” (with Michael Medved)

Michael Medved is a nationally syndicated radio talk show host, best-selling author and veteran film critic. His daily three-hour broadcast reaches close to 5 million listeners on nearly 200 stations across the country—drawing an audience that consistently ranks his show as one of the top ten political talk shows in the United States. He is author of a dozen non-fiction books, including his recent New York Times extended bestseller: “The 10 Big Lies About America: Combating Destructive Distortions About Our Nation” (Crown Forum, 2008). He has been a frequent guest on all the major TV talk shows, including “Larry King Live,” “Nightline,” “Oprah,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Good Morning America” and countless others. Medved graduated with honors from Yale University and then attended Yale Law School.

  • Live, on-campus radio show: “The Michael Medved Show”
  • Lunch lecture topic: “When I’m 64: Israel & American Conservatives since 1948” (with Jon Medved)

H. Collin Messer is a native of South Carolina. Messer holds degrees from Emory University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is associate professor of English at Grove City College, where he teaches American literature, southern literature and humanities. He is currently working on a project that explores the influence of St. Augustine’s writings on Walker Percy’s novels. Collin lives in Grove City with his wife Elizabeth and their three children.

  • Lecture & Paper topic: “A Southern Conservative in the Modern World: Donald Davidson’s ‘Desperate Counsel’”

Kimberly M. Miller is an assistant professor of communication studies at Grove City College where she has taught courses on: film history and theory (advanced and basic), writing for the media, journalism, mass communication, screen writing and Christian faith and cinema. Her academic focus is film and journalism, and mass communication. Miller earned her B.A. and M.A. from Slippery Rock University and her Ph.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

  • Panel topic: “Conservatism and the Media” by (with Dr. Jennifer A. Scott)
  • Paper topic: “No Time for Tea: Media Bias, Selective Exposure and a New Party”

Tracy C. Miller is an associate professor of economics at Grove City College and fellow for economic theory and policy with The Center for Vision & Values. He also serves as director of academic testing at Grove City College, where he has been teaching since 1995. Miller’s research interests include: transportation policy, property rights, health economics, and environmental policy. He has published articles on agricultural policy, international trade, environmental policy, and transportation policy. He is a member of the Association of Christian Economists, serves as vice president of the Pennsylvania Economic Association and is on the board of advisors for the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation. Miller earned his B.S. in forestry from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, his master’s degree in agricultural economics from Michigan State University and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.

  • Panel topic: “Healthcare Policy in the Age of Obamacare: Perspectives from a Physician & an Economist” (with Clare Gray)
  • Paper topic: “Critical Assessment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”

Marvin Olasky is editor-in-chief of World magazine and holder of the Distinguished Chair in Journalism and Public Policy at Patrick Henry College. He is the author of 18 books, including Compassionate Conservatism, The Religions Next Door, Abortion Rites, Fighting for Liberty and Virtue, and Prodigal Press. He has co-authored ten more. Dr. Olasky earned an A.B. from Yale University in 1971 and a Ph.D. in American Culture from the University of Michigan in 1976. He has been married for 35 years, has four sons, and is an elder of the Presbyterian Church in America. He has written 2,800 articles for publications ranging from World to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. Dr. Olasky was a professor at The University of Texas at Austin for two decades and provost of The King’s College, New York City, from 2007 to 2011. He is also a senior fellow of the Acton Institute and has chaired the boards of City School of Austin and the Austin Crisis Pregnancy Center. He has been a foster parent, a PTA president, a cross-country bicycle rider, a newspaper reporter, an informal advisor to George W. Bush, and a Little League assistant coach. Philanthropy magazine called Dr. Olasky’s The Tragedy of American Compassion one of “eight books that changed America.” His writings have been translated into Chinese, Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, Russian, and other languages, and he has lectured in Europe, Japan, Chile, and elsewhere.

  • Keynote discussion topic: “Can We Get Along?: Libertarians & Compassionate Conservatives in 2012” (with Matt Kibbe, Michael L. Coulter and Lee Wishing)

Shawn Ritenour is a professor of economics at Grove City College, contributor to The Center for Vision & Values and author of “Foundations of Economics: A Christian View” (Wipf and Stock, 2009). He is also an adjunct scholar at the Ludwig von Mises Institute, has lectured for both the Acton Institute and Institute for Principle Studies, has served as guest professor for the University of Angers in France and has been an economist for the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. At Grove City, Ritenour has taught many courses, including: foundations of economics, comparative economic systems, economic expansion and development, intermediate macroeconomics, intermediate microeconomics, history of economic thought to 1870, history of economic thought since 1870, and money and banking. Ritenour earned his B.A. in economics from Northwestern College and a Ph.D. in economics from Auburn University.

  • Panel topic: “Conservatives & the Economy: Assessing the Critical Issues” (with Jeffrey M. Herbener)

Jennifer A. Scott is chair of the department of communication studies and assistant professor of communication studies at Grove City College, where her academic focus is organizational communication and media studies, and where she has taught courses on: writing for the media, public relations, persuasion theory, research methods, media aesthetics, professional communication, media criticism, and organizational communication. Prior to her graduate work, she served as the assistant director and associate director of career services at Grove City College. She has also served as project manager at the Central Region Humanities Center, where she supervised the creation and planning of regional and national programming that honored the artistic legacy of regional American writers. Her project was recognized by the National Endowment for the Humanities as one of their “We the People Projects” in 2003. Scott earned her B.A. from Grove City College and both her M.A. and Ph.D. from Ohio University.

  • Panel topic: “Conservatism and the Media” (with Dr. Kimberly M. Miller)
  • Paper topic: “Politics and Paradigms: Conservatism and Media
    Convergence”

Gary Scott Smith chairs the history department at Grove City College and coordinates the humanities core. He is a fellow for faith & the presidency with The Center for Vision & Values, has published numerous articles in scholarly and popular journals, and has also penned chapters for several edited volumes on religion and society. In addition, he has authored or edited seven books, including “Faith and the Presidency: From George Washington to George W. Bush” (Oxford University press, 2006) and his latest release, “Heaven in the American Imagination” (Oxford University Press, 2011). In 2000, he received Grove City College’s first Professor of the Year award and the next year he was named Pennsylvania Professor of the Year by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Smith earned a B.A. degree in psychology at Grove City College, a Master of Divinity degree at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary near Boston, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in American history at Johns Hopkins University.

  • Lecture & Paper topic: “Conservatives and the Faith of Barack Obama”

Warren Cole Smith is Vice President of WORLD News Group, which publishes WORLD Magazine and produces nearly a dozen other news products. In addition to his regular contributions to WORLD, he is the author, co-author, or editor of more than 10 books related to journalism, culture, and Christian apologetics. He has an undergraduate degree in journalism and a master’s degree in English, both from the University of Georgia. He and his wife Missy have been married 28 years, and he has four children. The oldest is a 2008 graduate of Grove City College.

  • Lecture topic: “Conservative Issues in Journalism”

John A. Sparks is dean of the Alva J. Calderwood School of Arts & Letters at Grove City College, where he teaches U.S. Constitutional history and business law, and was the former chairman of the business department. A fellow for educational policy with The Center for Vision & Values, he has been named an H.B. Earhart Foundation Fellow, an R.C. Hoiles Fellow, a Chavanne Fellow (Baylor University Hankamer School of Business), and has received the prestigious George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation, Valley Forge, Pa. He was named Professor of the Year at both Hillsdale College (where he previously taught for seven years) and Grove City College (where he began teaching in 1976) and received the highest alumni award from his alma mater, the Jack Kennedy Memorial Achievement Award. Sparks is a graduate of Grove City College with a B.A. in economics and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School.

  • Lecture/panel topic: “The History of the Divided Conservative Mind” (with Dr. L. John Van Til)

Warren Throckmorton is an associate professor of psychology at Grove City College and a fellow for psychology and public policy with The Center for Vision & Values. His academic work has been published by journals of the American Psychological Association, the American Mental Health Counseling Association and the Christian Association for Psychological Studies and is past-president of the American Mental Health Counselors Association. He is co-author of the “Sexual Identity Framework” and co-founded the Golden Rule Pledge, an anti-bullying initiative. His most recent book is “Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims About Our Third President” with Grove City College professor Michael Coulter. Throckmorton earned his B.A. from Cedarville University, his M.A. from Central Michigan University and his Ph.D. from Ohio University.

  • Panel topic: “Conservative Challenges in the Culture War” (with Joseph Horton)

L. John Van Til is a retired chair and professor of history, professor of business, and professor of humanities at Grove City College (1972-2004) where he has taught more than 20 courses. He is also a fellow for humanities, faith and culture at The Center for Vision & Values. He assisted in the development of Grove City College’s core curriculum, which is the forerunner to College’s required three-year Civilization Series, and has written more than 200 articles or essays on intellectual history, theology, philosophy, American history, and public policy, including some 80 position papers with the Public Policy Education Fund. Dr. Van Til is the author of “Liberty of Conscience” and editor of President Calvin Coolidge’s three volumes of writings.

  • Lecture/panel topic: “The History of the Divided Conservative Mind” (with Dr. John A. Sparks)

Larry Weidman is the founder and general manager of WGRC 91.3 FM in Lewisburg, PA, a contemporary Christian music radio station with seven transmitting facilities that reach 17 counties and 750,000 people in central and eastern Pennsylvania. Weidman also hosts the station’s morning show and is the primary host of the award-winning WGRC talk-show, “The Matter At Hand.” Prior to founding WGRC, he spent 14 years in the dairy and food processing industry before launching a radio career in 1966 at WPGM in Danville, PA. Weidman is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and worked as a news and public affairs director at WMHK in Columbia, SC, for four years, before returning to Central PA in 1980.

  • Live, on-campus radio show: “The Matter at Hand”

Lee S. Wishing is administrative director of The Center for Vision & Values and a fellow for media and public persuasion. He is also president of the Grove City Christian Academy Board of Directors and a member of the PA Family Institute Board of Directors. Prior to coming to Grove City, he joined his father’s property casualty insurance business as a life insurance and financial services broker, worked as a financial consultant for Merrill Lynch and founded a small leveraged buyout organization called Butler Investment group. In 1994, Wishing sold his business holdings and joined Grove City College, directing the external relations office. In 2004, he helped lay the foundation for The Center for Vision & Values and became the Center’s administrative director in 2005. Wishing has been active in civic and political organizations and has served on or led several boards of directors. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Grove City College and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Geneva College. He has written more than 100 opinion editorials for WORLD Magazine and The Center for Vision & Values.

  • Keynote discussion topic: “Can We Get Along?: Libertarians & Compassionate Conservatives in 2012” (with Marvin Olasky, Matt Kibbe and Michael L. Coulter)