About President Howard

Dr. Christopher Howard, President of Hampden-Sydney College DR. CHRISTOPHER B. HOWARD, the 24th President of Hampden-Sydney College, is one of the youngest college presidents in the United States. Hampden-Sydney, a private, liberal arts college for men, has been in continuous operation since classes began in 1775 on its historic campus 60 miles southwest of Richmond, Virginia. In 2011-12, Hampden-Sydney improved 17 spots in the US News & World Report rankings, the largest such jump of any of the top 100 liberal arts colleges.

Dr. Howard is a distinguished 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 and an MBA with distinction from the Harvard Business School. At the Academy he received the Campbell Award (previously known as the Draddy Award), the highest academic award in the country 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 was a 2012 honoree of Dominion Power's Strong Men and Women: Excellence in Leadership Series. He  was named a 2010 African-American Trailblazer in Virginia History by the Library of Virginia. Dr. Howard was featured in an Associated Press story published by The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Washington Times, among numerous others. He has been featured on NPR's All Things Considered and interviewed on CNN, PBS, and PRI's The Tavis Smiley Show and is a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Centre College.

Currently he is:

In areas related to education,

In areas related to business,

  • Dr. Howard has co-authored a new book with David Snider, Money Makers: Inside the New World of Finance and Business.
  • He is a member of the OLO Systems Advisory Board and was formerly on the Board of Directors of Converge, an IT de-manufacturing firm.
  • He is a former Senior Advisor on African Affairs at the Albright Stonebridge Group, an international advisory firm for Fortune 1000 companies.
  • He served as the youngest member of the annual Washington Post-Harvard University "America's Best Leaders" selection committee.
  • He served in General Electric's Corporate Initiatives Group.
  • He has worked in sales, marketing, international project management, strategic planning, internal consulting, and business development at Bristol-Myers Squibb.
  • He has also served as the acting Managing Director of Endeavor South Africa, a global initiative that supports entrepreneurs in the developing world.
  • Dr. Howard was a regular guest on Ali Velshi's CNN television program, where he participated via Skype in roundtable discussion and commentary as a member of the "Stream Team."
  • A member and noted expert on the millennial generation, management, and leadership formerly with the International Speakers Bureau.

In the military,

  • A retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, he was called to active duty during 2003 in Afghanistan, where he was awarded a Bronze Star.
  • He served as the Reserve Air Attaché to Liberia.
  • While on active duty, Howard served as intelligence operations and plans officer with the elite Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) 


Dr. Howard is married to Barbara Noble Howard, from Johannesburg, South Africa.  Barbara is a Temple University graduate, Director of the Impact Young Lives Foundation, a member of the Virginia War Memorial Board of Directors, and a Trustee of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.  They have two sons, Cohen and Joshua.  Cohen is a senior at Sewanee: The University of the South, and Joshua is a freshman at Middlebury College.