January 24, 2013Baylor University Board of Regents Chairman Richard Willis announced that Dr. Christopher B. Howard, President of Hampden-Sydney College, has been elected to a three-year term on the university's governing board beginning in February 2013.
"We are honored to welcome Dr. Howard to the Baylor Board of Regents," Willis said. "Dr. Howard is an outstanding academic who brings to the board a wealth of experience in higher education. He will bring knowledge and wisdom to the board, as well as a deep understanding of the university's mission and vision."
Dr. Howard has served as the 24th President of Hampden-Sydney College, a private liberal arts college for men founded in 1775, since 2009. He has actively promoted arrangements with graduate business programs, including the University of Virginia, Duke, and Wake Forest. The College also has, among others, a joint program with Eastern Virginia Medical School, an early selection program with George Washington University Medical School, and dual degree programs in engineering with the University of Virginia and Old Dominion University. Dr. Howard's relationship with Baylor and its strong graduate programs will continue that focus and will provide him with further insight into issues and practices of higher education governance. Baylor President Ken Starr holds an honorary doctorate from Hampden-Sydney.
Dr. Howard is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he earned his bachelor's degree 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, 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 in 2009, Dr. Howard served as vice president for leadership and strategic initiatives at the University of Oklahoma, with General Electric's Corporate Initiatives Group, and with Bristol-Myers Squibb as a corporate associate.
Currently Dr. Howard is a member of the National Security Education Program Board, the Higher Education Working Group on Global Issues of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Senior Advisor on African Affairs at the Albright Stonebridge Group, and an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow. He is a founder and trustee of the Impact Young Lives Foundation.