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Interim Law Dean Weighs In on C-SPAN’s Presidential Leadership Survey

Duquesne University’s Ken Gormley, interim dean of the School of Law, was one of 65 experts from across the nation to participate in C-SPAN’s 2009 Historians Survey of Presidential Leadership.

Gormley and the other presidential historians ranked the 42 former occupants of the White House based on 10 attributes of leadership, including crisis leadership, public persuasion, and economic and moral authority, among others.

“It is a great honor to be included among the group of scholars and presidential historians who were selected to participate in C-SPAN's survey,” said Gormley. “At a time in our country's history when we must assess, with care, the successes and failures of the past in order to deal with the enormous challenges facing our nation, it is important to reflect upon the works of our American Presidents—both good and bad.”

Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman were ranked, in order, as the top five presidents in the C-SPAN survey.

Gormley’s areas of expertise include the American presidency, the First Amendment, constitutional law and state constitutional law.

The results of C-SPAN’s 2009 Historians Survey of Presidential Leadership can be viewed at www.c-span.org/presidentialsurvey.

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