About Us



The Academy is named for the late Dr. John Deaver Drinko, a 1942 Marshall graduate and senior managing partner of Baker & Hostetler, one of the nation’s largest law firms. He and his wife, the late Dr. Elizabeth Gibson Drinko, were long-time significant supporters of academic programs at Marshall.


Executive Director

Dr. Montserrat Miller

Marshall University


Executive Assistant

Renee Denney

Marshall University



Program Assistant

Kristen Pack

Marshall University




Organization of the Drinko Academy

The problems of our civic culture need to be addressed by specialists in fields such as sociology, anthropology, economics, (especially political economy), history, political science, social psychology, journalism and communications, literature, the arts, law, education, the sciences and other fields.

Therefore, the Drinko Academy reports directly to the President of Marshall University. This structure permits the Academy to foster teaching and intellectual dialogue across the disciplines, and keeps the Academy from being narrowly focused around the interests of any one discipline.