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John Regentin


My goal is to create a proactive and interactive experience for our participants. Setting the stage early for the lessons to come helps participants focus their thinking. That can mean asking some provocative yet pointed questions, but always tying back to the leadership lessons we’re covering. We also address individual expectations of and goals for the Experience, explore ways to achieve those and engage everyone in the discussions.

John Regentin is the Vice President of Experiential Leadership and directs the Gettysburg Leadership Experience and Lewis & Clark program for FCCS. His 27 years of experience integrating the classroom and research with active learning has encouraged a different type of professional growth and leadership insights within his participants and teams.

Prior to FCCS, John spent 20 years at Gettysburg College, where he served as an Assistant Dean and Director of Experiential Education; his educational background is in Counseling and Human Development. He has worked as a contractor for the government, a counselor for adjudicated males, and a consultant to various companies, federal and state agencies to design organizational development experiences.

John’s expertise and passion are in the facilitation of expeditionary leadership experiences. He has designed sea-kayaking, mountaineering, climbing, and service programs to numerous domestic and international locations for over 25,000 participants. A highlight, John spent six weeks sea kayaking across the Baltic Sea from Stockholm to Helsinki and still desires this level of engaged learning. John believes in the power of servant leadership, especially in his community. He has served for years as a school board member, EMT/Firefighter, and continues to volunteer as a club soccer coach, the lead negotiator for the school district, and supports the local Salvation Army.

Additional Background

  • 20 years with Gettysburg College as Assistant Dean, Director of Experiential Education
  • Developer and instructor of international wilderness and cultural expeditions to 20 countries across Europe, Russia, Africa and South America
  • Served as Vice President and lead negotiator on the board of directors of the Upper Adams School District for 10 years
  • Served on the Advisory Committee of the Association for Experiential Education
  • Served on the campus emergency response team at Gettysburg College, volunteer as an EMT/Firefighter for the Gettysburg Fire Department
  • Sea-kayaked across the Baltic from Stockholm, Sweden to Helsinki, Finland
  • Former adjunct instructor Radford University and Loyola University Maryland
  • Master’s degree in Counseling and Human Development from Radford University


Our faculty is made up of instructors and guides, many of whom are licensed battlefield guides. Instructors and guides are chosen for each session based upon the identified goals of the group.

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