John Lawrence "Larry" Stimpert is the 25th president of Hampden-Sydney College. Before coming to Hampden-Sydney, Dr. Stimpert served as Vice President for Academic Affairsand Professor of Economics and Management at DePauw University. Earlier, he served as a professor in the Economics and Business Department at Colorado College and held the John L. Knight Chair for the Study of Free Enterprise.
Dr. Stimpert received his B.A. in economics, magna cum laude, from Illinois Wesleyan University, his M.B.A. from Columbia University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His scholarship focuses on top managers and their influence on strategic decision making and firm strategies. His articles on a variety of management topics have appeared in leading academic journals, and he is the co-author of two management textbooks.
Dr. Stimpert is active in higher education professional societies, and has presented on topics as wide-ranging as college finances, implementing new general education curricula, conducting collaborative research with undergraduate students, enhancing the effectiveness of shared governance, and bridging the academic and student life sides of campus life. He has written about the opportunities and challenges facing private colleges. He has also been active in accreditation efforts, both as an evaluator of other institutions and in implementing plans for assessing student learning.
Before starting his academic career, Dr. Stimpert worked for the Norfolk Southern Corporation and the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company. Dr. Stimpert and his wife, Lesley, are parents to two teenage children, Connor and Renee.