President and CEO, Georgia Historical Society
Todd Groce is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Georgia Historical Society, the independent, statewide educational and research institution responsible for collecting and teaching Georgia history.
Dr. Groce was born Virginia and grew up in Tennessee. He earned a B. A. from the University of Memphis, graduating cum laude and with honors in history, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Tennessee. He also holds a Certificate in Leadership Development from the United States Army War College.
Before coming to Georgia in 1995, Dr. Groce taught history for three years at the University of Tennessee and Maryville College and then served five years as executive director of the East Tennessee Historical Society.
During his 22-year tenure as president, the Georgia Historical Society’s annual revenue has grown from $200,000 to $3 million; its endowment has grown from $1 million to $15 million; and its campus has doubled in size. The institution has launched over a dozen new educational programs, including the Georgia History Festival (which teaches history to 250,000 students annually); the Georgia Historical Marker Program; and the Georgia Business History Initiative, which relates the stories of Georgia’s iconic companies through historical markers and case studies for middle school students. Annual use of the GHS Research Center has grown from under 10,000 researchers to over 60,000; and it has acquired the papers of leading Georgians from the fields of education, law, and business, including those of legendary UGA Football Coach Vince Dooley, U. S. Attorney General Griffin Bell, and industrialist and sustainability pioneer Ray C. Anderson.
Dr. Groce is the author Mountain Rebels: East Tennessee Confederates and the Civil War and co-editor with Stephen V. Ash of Nineteenth Century America: Essays in Honor of Paul H. Bergeron. He has also written over 75 articles, essays, and book reviews for a wide range of publications such as The Journal of Southern History, The New Georgia Encyclopedia, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and the New York Times. He frequently lectures on the Civil War, World War II, and other aspects of U.S. military history and has made television appearances on the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, C-SPAN, and Georgia Public Television.
Dr. Groce is a graduate of Leadership Georgia, past president of the Rotary Club of Savannah, and past governor of the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Georgia. For the past seven years, Georgia Trend magazine has listed him among the “100 Most Influential Georgians.”
An avid outdoorsman, musician, and collector of military antiques, Dr. Groce enjoys hunting and backpacking. He has hiked every major Civil War battlefield and toured many other battlefields across North America and Europe.