Wilson Center for Leadership

Preparing men of character for lives of consequence

Hampden-Sydney prepares men to be leaders. Our students are given opportunities to explore, practice, and hone their leadership skills so they can go on to become tomorrow's CEOs, business founders, military officers, college presidents, and civic and political leaders. The Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest hosts lectures, forums, symposia, and excursions that help develop effective and ethical leaders. With direction from current and former leaders, students gain an understanding of the challenges confronting the United States and the world.

Established in 1996 and named for the College's president from 1992-2000, Lt. Gen. Samuel V. Wilson (U.S. Army, Rt.), the Center oversees leadership, public service, and civic education for Hampden-Sydney students, faculty, staff, and alumni; area high school teachers and students; and a variety of community and national educational organizations.

The Wilson Center offers the following specialty leadership programs:


Shelton Challenge logoHampden-Sydney College, in cooperation with the Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest and North Carolina State University, is offering the Shelton Leadership Challenge - June 28 through July 2 - to young men who want to become better leaders.

The Shelton Leadership Challenge at Hampden-Sydney College is a five-day summer residential experience where young men explore the cornerstones of values-based leadership - honesty, integrity, compassion, diversity, and social responsibility - through problem-solving and team-building activities, ropes courses, and service projects. The curriculum includes

  • Personal Leadership Assessment and Interpersonal Dynamics;
  • Role of Values and Ethics in Leadership;
  • Leadership Traits and Approaches;
  • Teambuilding and Empowering Others;
  • Civic and Social Responsibility; and
  • Goal Setting.