Former Peabody resident Michael Glassner is at the University of Kansas this week to meet with students interested in political issues and public service.
He will participate in discussions with students as a guest of the Bob Dole Institute on the KU campus. According to Bill Lacy, director of Dole Institute of Politics, Glassner served as one of Dole’s most trusted advisers from 1985 to 2000.
Glassner began as an intern with Dole and finished his tenure with the senator after serving as senior adviser during Dole’s unsuccessful campaign for U.S. President in 1996.
He since has been a consultant for the International Commission on Missing Persons, a senior adviser to the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, senior vice president of external affairs for IDT Corporation, a telecommunications carrier.
During the past year, Glassner was tapped to serve as director of operations for Sarah Palin’s campaign as vice presidential candidate.
Glassner and his brother, David, lived in Peabody with their sister and her husband, Linda and Tom Temple, during the 1970s. The boys attended grade school through high school here. While David is a PHS graduate, the Temples and Mike Glassner moved to Oklahoma City before Michael’s graduation from high school.
Currently, Glassner lives in New Jersey.
As a visiting fellow of the Dole Institute, Glassner has been a guest of the spring study group, “Obama’s First 100 Days.” He also visited with students in classrooms Tuesday and Wednesday, and they have had an opportunity to meet him and hear more about his political career at “Pizza and Politics” at the Adams Alumni Center and at Regnier Hall.
The Dole Institute of Politics is a bi-partisan institute dedicated to promoting public service, civic engagement, and politics. It promotes public service and participation throughout the KU student body. For more information see the website at www.doleinstitute.org or call 785-864-4900.