Keynote speaker Dr. Troy is a senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center and a former deputy secretary of health and human services and domestic policy advisor to President George W. Bush.
Dr. Troy has worked at senior levels in the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, executive agencies, and the White House. He was deputy assistant to the president for domestic policy from 2005 to 2007, then became deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 2007-2009. In that capacity, he managed a $716 billion annual budget and 67,000 employees, and oversaw operations for Medicare, Medicaid, public health, medical research, food and drug safety, welfare, child and family services, disease prevention, and mental health services programs. He also served two years as domestic policy director for the U.S. House of Representatives House Policy Committee.
After leaving government service, Dr. Troy served as a senior fellow at Hudson Institute, where he remains an adjunct fellow. Currently, he is a senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center and is involved in formulating policies from bipartisan ideas that promote health, security, and opportunity for all Americans.
Dr. Troy is also the author of five politically themed books. His most recent, Fight House: Rivalries in the White House from Truman to Trump, was named by The Wall Street Journal as one of the five best political books of 2020. Other writings include Shall We Wake the President? Two Centuries of Disaster Management from the Oval Office (which warned in 2016 that we were unprepared for coronavirus); the best-seller, What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted: 200 Years of Popular Culture in the White House; and Intellectuals and the American Presidency: Philosophers, Jesters, or Technicians.
He has authored more than 300 articles for major national newspapers and magazines and is a frequent commentator and analyst for national media outlets discussing health care, presidential history, and other issues.
Dr. Troy is familiar with Central New York, having earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University. He also has a master’s degree and doctorate in American Civilization from the University of Texas at Austin.
Conducted at Cazenovia College since 2002, the Wheler Conference hosts academic and professional presentations on themes of interest to the student body at the College and the public. The program was initiated after the attacks of September 11, 2001, to provide a forum for community discussion of world events. The conference is made possible through the support and efforts of the Wheler family, particularly the late Gordon and Barbara Wheler, of Cazenovia.