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David Gergen


Published 2/1/2018
Peter Pollack

Political Analyst David Gergen to Speak at Annual Meeting

Advisor to four presidents will be presidential guest speaker
Political commentator David Gergen has been selected as the presidential guest speaker for the AAOS 2018 Annual Meeting.

Mr. Gergen is a senior political analyst for CNN and professor of public service and codirector of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. He has served as an advisor in the administrations of Presidents Richard M. Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, Ronald W. Reagan, and William J. Clinton.

Mr. Gergen was born in Durham, N.C. In 1963, he earned his BA in American studies from Yale University, where he was a member of the Manuscript Society and editor-in-chief of the Yale Daily News. He earned an LLB degree from Harvard Law School in 1967.

In 1971, Mr. Gergen took a position as staff assistant on President Nixon's speech writing team. Within 2 years, he had been promoted to director of speechwriting. He went on to serve as director of communications for Presidents Ford and Reagan, and as a counselor to the president for President Clinton.

Journalism career
A distinguished journalist, Mr. Gergen became a regular commentator with The MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour in 1984. In the late 1980s, he was an editor at U.S. News & World Report, returning to that publication as editor-at-large following his service in the Clinton administration. He has twice been a member of Peabody Award-winning election coverage teams, and has contributed to two Emmy award-winning political analysis teams.

In 2001, Mr. Gergen wrote about his experiences in the White House in The New York Times best seller, "Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton."

As codirector of the Center for Public Leadership, Mr. Gergen works closely with a rising generation of younger leaders, especially social entrepreneurs, military veterans, and Young Global Leaders chosen by the World Economic Forum. Among other things, the center helps to provide scholarships to more than 100 students a year, and promotes scholarship at the frontiers of leadership studies.

Mr. Gergen is a member of the D.C. Bar, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the U.S. executive committee for the Trilateral Commission. He has been awarded 27 honorary degrees, and has served on many nonprofit boards, including Yale University, Duke University, Teach for America, The Mission Continues, and the Elon University School of Law.

Since 1967, Mr. Gergen has been married to Anne Elizabeth Gergen, a family therapist. They have two children and five grandchildren. Their son Christopher is a social entrepreneur, an author, and serves on the faculty of Duke University. Their daughter Katherine is a family physician and works with the underserved population at Boston Medical Center.

Mr. Gergen will address Annual Meeting attendees on Thursday, March 8, at 11:45 a.m. in the La Nouvelle Ballroom at the Morial Convention Center.

Peter Pollack is the electronic content specialist for AAOS Now. He can be reached at ppollack@aaos.org.