Contact the Leadership Center

Wilson Center
488 College Road
P.O. Box 854
Hampden-Sydney, VA 23943 
434 223-7077

LTC Rucker Snea  LTC Rucker Sneasneadd (USA ret) '81d (USA ret) '81
Director of the Wilson Center
Army ROTC Advisor
Phone: (434) 223-6260

Lt. Col. Rucker Snead III '81 (USA ret) currently  serves as the Director of the Wilson Center for Leadership.  Prior to that he served as  the Associate Dean for Career Education and Vocation Reflection.  He is also very active in his community where he serves as the Chairman of the Farmville Area Chamber of Commerce; President of the United Way of Prince Edward; and Co-Director of Leadership Farmville.  Prior to returning to his alma mater, he served over twenty years in the US Army.  His assignments included a variety of tours both at home and abroad to include a command position in Germany, teaching at Appalachian State University, working with the United Nations in Haiti, training the Saudi military, running the 54th Presidential Inaugural Parade, and serving in the National Military Command Center at the Pentagon.  He earned a BA in Political Science and French from Hampden-Sydney College, a MA in History from Appalachian State University, and MMAS in Strategic Studies from School of Advanced Military Studies, Ft Leavenworth.


Dr. David EDr. David E. Marion. Marion
Director of the Public Service Program
Phone: (434) 223-6240

Dr. David E. Marion is Director of the Public Service Program for the Wilson Center for Leadership and a member of the Academic Advisory Board at the Bill of Rights Institute in Arlington. He has held teaching posts at the University of Virginia and Northern Illinois University, and served as a consultant for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. His is the author of The Jurisprudence of Justice William Brennan, Jr.: The Law and Politics of 'Libertarian' Dignity, and co-author of Founders and the Constitution and The Deconstitutionalization of America.


May ReedMrs. May S. Reed
Assistant to the Director
Communications & Events Coordinator
Phone: (434) 223-7077

Mrs. May S. Reed, Assistant to the Director and Communications and Events Coordinator, began with the Wilson Center for Leadership in November 2010. She obtained a bachelor's degree from Salem College.


Dr. John H. EastbyDr. John H. Eastby
Assistant Director
Phone: (434) 223-6312

John H. Eastby, Assistant Director of the Public Service Program, is Elliot Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs at Hampden-Sydney College. He has published on international organization, political theory and international relations, European integration, American foreign policy and Woodrow Wilson. He served for a year as Associate Dean of the Faculty at Hampden-Sydney and recently completed a six year term as Director of the interdisciplinary Western Culture program. He holds the B.A. degree from Augustana College and the Ph.D from the University of Virginia.


Dr. James Y. Simms, Jr.Dr. James Y. Simms, Jr.
Director of the National Security Studies Program
Phone: (434)223-6227

Dr. James Y. Simms, Jr., Director is the National Security Studies Program and retired Elliott Professor of History. He also has taught at Eastern Michigan University and George Mason University. He has been awarded several National Endowment of the Humanities grants and a Fellowship at the Russian Research Center at Harvard University. His area of expertise is Russian agriculture--peasant well-being--in late Imperial Russia. Author of several articles on this subject, he is also co-editor and co-author of Modernization and Revolution: Dilemmas of Progress in Late Imperial Russia.


Dr. Curtis J. SmithDr. Curtis J. Smith
Myers Professor &
Director, Freshman Leadership Program
Phone: (434) 223-7267

Dr. Curtis J. Smith, Myers Professor & Director of the Freshmen Leadership Program, served as director of the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, VA from 1994 - 98. He presently holds adjunct faculty position at Indiana University. Prior to his position at FEI, he held several posts with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, and was appointed to the presidential rank of distinguished executive under the Senior Executive Service. He has a Ph.D. in English Literature from Ohio State University and was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration in 1998.


Colonel Greg Eanes, USAF (Ret)Colonel Greg Eanes, USAF (Ret)
Visiting Lecturer
Phone: (434) 223-6017

Colonel Greg Eanes is a Visiting Lecturer at the Wilson Center and retired intelligence officer with over 34 years' experience supporting operations in the Cold War, the Iranian Hostage Crisis, DESERT SHIELD/STORM, and post 9/11 operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. A special operations veteran, he retired as the Reserve Director for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance at Air Force Special Operations Command in 2011. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious wartime achievement at Special Operations Command-Central in DESERT STORM and an Oak Leaf Cluster to the Bronze Star as the Deputy and Acting Director of Human and Counterintelligence for Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan. A regional military historian and public speaker, he has published over 16 books and monographs to include the definitive works on Banastre Tarleton's 1781 Southside Virginia Raid, the War Between the States battles of Sailor's Creek, the Third Infantry Regiment in the Philippine Insurrection and the Third Kentucky Infantry in the Spanish-American War. A businessman and former journalist, he is active in veteran and civic affairs currently serving as the Mayor of Crewe. He holds a B.S. in Occupational Education from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, a Master's in Military History from American Military University and graduate certificates in military leadership and national security studies from the Air War College and Air Command & Staff College.

Faculty Oversight Committee Members

Lt. Col. Rucker Snead III '81, Director of the Wilson Center
Dr. David Marion, Wilson Center Fellow & Director of the Public Service Program
Dr. C. William Anderson, McGavacks Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Robert G. Hall, Elliott Professor of Religion
Dean of Students
Dr. Walter C. McDermott, Associate Dean of Faculty, Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Dr. Julia E. Palmer, Associate Professor of Modern Languages
Dr. Saranna R. Thornton, Professor of Economics and Business
Dr. Warner R. Winborne, Associate Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs
Director of Career Education