Dr. Chris Howard is the twenty-fourth President of Hampden-Sydney College and one of the youngest college presidents in the U.S. 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. He previously served as the Vice President for Leadership & Strategic Initiatives at the University of Oklahoma, in General Electric's Corporate Initiatives Group, and as a Corporate Associate at Bristol-Myers Squibb.
Dr. Howard is a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, where he received the Campbell Award, the highest academic award in the country for a collegiate football player. He earned a doctorate in politics from Oxford University while on a Rhodes Scholarship, received an MBA with distinction from the Harvard Business School, and has an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Centre College.
He is the co-author of the book, Money Makers: Inside the New World of Finance and Business, which was released in the Spring of 2010.
He served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force reserve, and earned a bronze star for his military service in Afghanistan. Dr. Howard also served as the US 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).
He is a co-founder and trustee of the Impact Young Lives Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that brings South African students of color to the US for summer educational and cultural tours. He is a member of the NCAA Division III Presidents Council, the Baylor University Board of Regents, and is also one of the few college chief executive officers in the United States to be invited to join the prestigious Young Presidents Organization ("YPO"). Dr. Howard has appeared on CNN and has been featured on NPR, by Associated Press, and in The Washington Post.
President Barack Obama appointed Dr. Howard to the National Security Education Board and was confirmed by the Senate in 2011. Howard is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, and on the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education.
Dr. Howard is married to Barbara Noble Howard, from Johannesburg, South Africa. Barbara is a Temple University graduate, Executive 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 rising junior at Sewanee University and Joshua is a rising senior at Episcopal High School.