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One of the leading public history executives in the nation, W. Todd Groce has over 30 years of experience as an educator and administrator and has led institutions in raising over $100 million for educational programming, capital projects, and endowment.
Born in Virginia and reared in Tennessee, Dr. Groce graduated cum laude and with honors in history from the University of Memphis (’84) and earned an M.A. (’87) and Ph.D. (’92) in history from the University of Tennessee. While in graduate school he taught American history at the University of Tennessee and Maryville College.
In 1990 Dr. Groce left the academy and began his career in public history. He served five years as executive director of the East Tennessee Historical Society, taking that institution to the next level through the development of a new regional history museum. In November 1994 Dr. Groce was named executive director of the Georgia Historical Society, and in April 2006 he was elected the institution’s 43rd president.