Director of Communications, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
VILLANOVA, Pa. – As the 2016 Presidential election comes to its culmination, campaigning is reaching a fever pitch. Villanova University, with support from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova University Alumni Association and the Villanova Office of Government Relations and External Affairs, hosts a discussion of the U.S. Presidential election on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 5 p.m. in Driscoll Hall, room 134.
The event features James Brown '73 CLAS, former chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania, and Charlie Gerow '80 CWSL, chief executive officer of Quantum Communications. The discussion will cover key issues at stake this November and will be moderated by Matthew Kerbel, PhD, professor and chair of Political Science and recent author of Next Generation Netroots: Realignment and the Rise of the Internet Left (Routledge, 2016).
James Brown ’73 CLAS is the former Chief of Staff for U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania. Before joining Sen. Casey's staff, Brown spent 11 years as a founding partner of SCP Partners, a family of venture capital funds. Prior to his work at SCP, he was Chief of Staff to Pennsylvania Governor Robert P. Casey and, before that, was Pennsylvania Secretary of General Services and was a partner in the Philadelphia law firm, Dilworth, Paxson. Brown served as a director and/or chairman of a number of companies, both publicly and privately held, including TMG Health, Hospitality Associates, Airnet Communications and Terion, Inc. He is a former trustee of several educational institutions, including Immaculata University and the Gesu School and is a former Chair of the Board of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Foundation. From 1991 through 2005, he was an adjunct professor in Villanova University's Honors Program. Brown received his BA magna cum laude from Villanova University and his JD from the University of Virginia Law School. He resides in Malvern, Pennsylvania with his wife Lynne and has two children, Patrick and Laura and a daughter-in-law, Michelle.
Charlie Gerow ’80 CWSL, Quantum's CEO, is a nationally recognized leader in strategic communications and a trusted advisor to leaders in government and business.
Named to the prestigious "Influencers 500" list by Campaigns and Elections magazine, Gerow has also been selected as one of the 50 most influential Pennsylvania Republicans by Politics Magazine and one of the Top Ten Political Consultants in Pennsylvania. He’s also been called “Harrisburg's most politically well-connected conservative" by Harrisburg Magazine.
A graduate of the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, Gerow has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for more than 35 years. He began his career as a campaign aide to Ronald Reagan, for whom he continued to work for more than 25 years, including the preparations for his funeral.
Gerow has appeared on virtually every television network and has been quoted in every major newspaper in the country. He has served as the political analyst and commentator for the Harrisburg CBS affiliate (CBS-21) for more than a decade, writes a weekly column for The Harrisburg Patriot (PennLive) and monthly commentary for The Regions Business and Capital Watch.
Gerow serves as the First Vice Chair of The American Conservative Union and on the Board of Directors of The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge and the American Swiss Foundation. He is a Director Emeritus of the Keystone State Games.
Gerow has served as an expert resource to the White House Conference on Small Business and been appointed by several Pennsylvania Governors to major advisory boards, most recently the Governors Innovation and Privatization Advisory Council. He has also been appointed by the President of the United States to the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary Commission.
Gerow speaks extensively before business and professional organizations and has held adjunct faculty positions at Dickinson, Lebanon Valley and Gettysburg Colleges.
About Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Since its founding in 1842, Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has cultivated knowledge, understanding and intellectual courage for a purposeful life in a challenged and changing world. With 39 majors across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, it is the oldest and largest of Villanova’s colleges, serving more than 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students each year. The College is committed to a teacher-scholar model, offering outstanding undergraduate and graduate research opportunities and a rigorous core curriculum that prepares students to become critical thinkers, strong communicators and ethical leaders with a truly global perspective.