Tom Cronin (Stanford University, PhD) was the McHugh Professor of American Institutions and Leadership at Colorado College. He is President Emeritus of Whitman College (1993-2005) and a past Acting President at Colorado College (1991). He has served as President of the Presidency Research Group, President of the Western Political Science Association and on the Executive Council of the American Political Science Association. He has authored and co-authored best-selling text-books on American government and the American presidency. He has won several awards for teaching, advising and for his research, including the American Political Science Association’s Charles E. Merriam Award for significant contributions to the art of government.