Who We Are

Former Governor of Tennessee Bill Haslam co-chairs the Project along with faculty members Samar Ali—a leading voice at the intersection of civil rights, national security, and economic development—and Jon Meacham, an acclaimed scholar on leadership and the American presidency. The co-chairs provide strategic advice and engage a diverse spectrum of scholars and thought leaders to advance the conversation about unity and American democracy.

The Project is under the management of John Geer, Ginny and Conner Searcy Dean of the College of Arts and Science, and Gray Sasser, JD ‘98, the project’s Executive Director and former partner at Frost Brown Todd LLC in Nashville. He previously served as senior vice president for congressional affairs of the Export-Import Bank of the United States.

A 26-member advisory board spanning multiple backgrounds and fields—from former Texas Governor Jeb Bush and biographer Walter Isaacson to Grammy-winning artists Faith Hill and Tim McGraw—is committed to the Project’s mission to elevate facts and evidence-based reasoning into American political discourse.

Co-Chairs

Advisory Board

Advisory Board (Cont'd)

University Leadership