Christopher B. Howard

H-SC President, 2009-2016
President Christopher Howard

41 years after Hampden-Sydney enrolled its first African-American student, the Board elected the College's first African-American President.

Dr. Christopher B. Howard is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy, where he earned a BS in political science. A Rhodes Scholar, he earned his doctorate in politics at Oxford University; he earned an MBA with distinction from the Harvard Business School. At the Academy he received the Campbell Award, the highest academic award presented to a senior football player; he was inducted into the Verizon Academic All-America Hall of Fame in 2003.  Before his appointment as President of Hampden-Sydney College in 2009, Dr. Howard served as Vice President for Leadership & Strategic Initiatives at the University of Oklahoma, where he also served as the Director of the Honors College Leadership Center and a President’s Associates Presidential Professor.

Dr. Howard assumed his presidency just as the impact of the Great Recession was being felt - enrollment, fund raisung and endowment had fallen.  However, early in his tenure, the Ty Cobb Ball Park was built and the Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest was expanded and renovated.  In his last year, ground was broken on the Brown Student Center.  By the end of Dr. Howard's tenure in 2016, enrollment, endowment, and fund raising had returned to at or near their pre-recession levels.

Dr. Howard left Hampden-Sydney to become the President of Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, PA.