Hauenstein Center Associates
Laura Bulkely Goldsmith
Laura Bulkeley Goldsmith is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a BA in English. She has her Master’s Degree from Northwestern University in radio-TV-film. From 1991 to 1996, she was an associate editor of two separate media newsletters, Between the Lines and Dispatches, writing articles on popular culture. She is currently a film historian and freelance writer.
Marc Jordan is a graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard where he received an MPA in government and law. Prior to studying at Harvard, he earned a J.D. from Michigan State University/ DCL. An alumnus of Michigan State University, Jordan has focused on presidential studies from both a historical and leadership perspective. Professionally, he served the State of Michigan for more than two decades in various policy positions. After working as a regional director with GSP Consulting Corp, Jordan became founder and president of Jordan Consulting Services. In 2017, he was appointed chief of staff and legislative aide for state Representative Gary Glenn.
James Kratsas is the former deputy director of the Gerald R. Ford Museum where he worked for 27 years. He was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and earned his BA and MA in history at West Virginia University, and his MA in museum studies at Duquesne University. Before joining the staff at the Gerald R. Ford Museum, Kratsas worked as curator of the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, and as curator of the Kansas Museum of History. Published in 2017, Kratsas is the author of Gerald R. Ford: A Life, which he wrote as a companion to the museum exhibits.
Hendrik “Hank” Meijer is the Executive Chairman of Meijer, Inc., which currently operates 242 stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky. A graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in English and significant graduate work in history, Meijer is the vice chair of the Gerald R. Ford Foundation board of trustees, vice president of the Grand Rapids Area Council for the Humanities, and a board member for the Kettering Foundation, and the Food Marketing Institute. He is author of Thrifty Years: The Life of Hendrik Meijer, and his latest book Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century, the influential U.S. Senator from Grand Rapids who became a chief architect of U.S. foreign policy after World War II. He has made several academic presentations at Hauenstein Center events.
George H. Nash earned his doctorate at Harvard University and was a research fellow at Harvard’s Charles Warren Center for Studies in American history. Dr. Nash has lectured and written extensively on 20th-century American political and intellectual history, and his publications include The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America since 1945. Dr. Nash is also an authority on the life of President Herbert Hoover. He is the author of the first three volumes of The Life of Herbert Hoover, a definitive, scholarly biography commissioned by the Hoover Presidential Library Association. His articles and reviews have appeared in National Review, Policy Review, Modern Age, New York Times Book Review, University Bookman, and other publications.
Mike Toth is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where he received a joint J.D./M.A. (History), and Stanford University (B.A. History). He was a former justice on Texas' Third Court of Appeals and formerly served as a staffer for the White House Budget Director, Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. A former Claremont Institute Lincoln Fellow and Intercollegiate Studies Institute Honors Fellow, Toth's work has been featured by the Claremont Review and the Acton Institute. In 2011, Toth published Founding Federalist: The Life of Oliver Ellsworth. Currently he serves as Special Counsel for Civil Litigation for Texas' Attorney General.
Gleaves Whitney served as the director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies from 2003 - 2020. Receiving a National Endowment for the Humanities grant in 2012, he established the first sustained and comprehensive common ground initiative in U.S. higher education. Under his direction, the Hauenstein Center's Cook Leadership Academy has become a premiere center for leadership excellence. The fellow candidates have met with four U.S. Presidents, three First Ladies, two Vice Presidents, four Secretaries of State, one U.N. ambassador, more than one dozen state governors, and a host of business and non-profit entrepreneurs. He earned an MA in history and is ABD toward the PhD at the University of Michigan. For more about his doctoral work at Michigan, click here. He has a BA, with honors, from Colorado State University and is also Phi Beta Kappa. For more information and works related to Gleaves Whitney during his time with the center please click here.