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Doug Brattebo, Ph.D., J. D. - President of Cuyahoga Community College's Corporate College

Friday December 5, 2008
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Crawford Hall - Room 9
Inamori Center
Case Western Reserve University

Dear Colleagues,

Few topics could be more timely than what we can expect or hope for the Obama administration. Few are also subject to more uncertainty. But we can begin by looking at other presidencies - that, after all, is what any president-elect does - and to do that we are fortunate to have Doug Brattebo available to lead our discussion.

While serving on the political science faculty of the U.S. Naval Academy, Dr. Brattebo co-edited a book on the prospects for the second term of the Bush administration and authored an article on the Clinton presidential transition, as well as articles and book chapters on other aspects of the presidency such as presidential character to national security policy. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and his J.D. from Georgetown, and currently serves as President of the Corporate College of Cuyahoga Community College, where he must be learning new lessons in leadership! None of his comments at the Friday Lunch will represent his current institution in any way; they will, however, follow from his own extensive study of the presidency.

As usual, we will gather in Room 9 of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, on the lower level of Crawford Hall, for free cookies, beverages, and brown bag lunch.

Best regards,
Joe White

About Our Guest

Doug M. Brattebo was raised in Des Moines, Iowa, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Iowa with majors in Political Science and History and a minor in Journalism. He earned an M.A. in American Politics from the University of Maryland at College Park, and went on to earn a Ph.D., with a special emphasis on the American presidency, from the same institution. In addition, he earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and is a member of the Maryland Bar.

From 1999 to 2005, Doug served as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, where he taught Honors Introduction to American Government, The American Presidency and the Executive Branch, and a Seminar on the Democratic Peace. In May of 2002 he was the winner of the Naval Academy's prestigious Apgar Award for Teaching Excellence, for demonstrating "effectiveness in teaching the qualities of leadership, with special emphasis on character, responsibility, and integrity, through the academic environment, curriculum, and mentoring roles outside the classroom." Doug served as American Government Course Coordinator at the Naval Academy and continues to be a mentor of undergraduates and graduate students through the Center for the Study of the Presidency. His most recent book, co-edited with Tom Lansford and Robert Maranto, is The Second Term of George W. Bush: Prospects and Perils.

In September of 2005, Dr. Brattebo became the Director of the Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) at the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) in Washington, DC. He oversaw the Lumina Foundation for Education's two-year study of EPFP, worked to extend EPFP into additional states, and brought a global subject matter focus to EPFP's two annual national conferences. He came to Cleveland when his wife, Shannon French, accepted the position of Director of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at CWRU. In September 2008, Dr. Brattebo became President of the Corporate College in Cleveland, Ohio. In this capacity, he must guide the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs designed to help businesses build the skills of their employees, and lead Corporate College’s outreach efforts to businesses, other types of public and private organizations, and individuals in order to promote program growth, the delivery of quality services, and increased revenues.

Doug Brattebo resides in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, with Dr. French; their daughter, Fraya; and their two golden retrievers.

Friday Lunch Upcoming Topics and Speakers:

January 16: "Opportunity Corridor - to Link I-490 with the Circle" With Chris Ronayne, President of University Circle, Inc.

January 23: "Charging for Car Insurance by the Mile: Good Business and Good for Energy and the Environment?" With Richard Hutchinson, General Manager for the “My Rate” program, Progressive Insurance."

The Friday Lunch discussions are held on the lower (ground) level of Crawford Hall.  Visitors with mobility issues may find it easiest to take advantage of special arrangements we have made.  On most Fridays, a few parking spaces in the V.I.P. lot in between Crawford Hall and Amasa Stone Chapel are held for participants in the lunch discussion. 

Visitors then can avoid walking up the hill to the first floor of Crawford by entering the building on the ground level, through the garage area under the building.  The further door on the left in that garage will be left unlocked during the period before the Friday lunch.  On occasion, parking will be unavailable because of other university events.

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