A former professor of political science and law, Gene began his education service on the local school board before being appointed Pennsylvania's Secretary of Education under Governor Tom Ridge. He then served as Deputy Secretary and Under Secretary of Education in the George W. Bush Administration. Throughout his career, he has advocated for school choice, higher standards for students and teachers, expansive use of technology, and competition.
For 15 years, Gene taught political science at Dickinson College. He received Dickinson's prestigious Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching twice during his time here. He now serves as an adjunct professor of Constitutional Politics at the University of Richmond. An expert on public policy and the U.S. Constitution, Gene has published numerous articles and books on the topic. Gene graduated from Hampden-Syndey College in 1972, and received his master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.