488 College Road
P.O. Box 854
Hampden-Sydney, VA 23943
LTC Rucker Snead (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 E. 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.
Mrs. 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.
Lt. Gen. Samuel V. Wilson
(USA ret); Wilson Center Fellow, H-SC President Emeritus
Lt. Gen. Samuel V. Wilson (USA ret), First Wilson Center Fellow; former Wheat Professor of Leadership Studies and President emeritus of Hampden-Sydney College, joined the faculty after a military career that spanned four decades. His service included assignments behind Japanese lines in Burma in WWII and clandestine intelligence, covert propaganda, and paramilitary operations with the CIA during the Cold War. He served as a Special Forces Group commander (" Green Berets"), Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Special Operations, Deputy to the Director of Central Intelligence, and concluded his career as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.
Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin
(USA ret); Wheat Professor
of Leadership Studies
Lt. Gen. William G. "Jerry" Boykin (USA ret), Wheat Professor of Leadership Studies, retired in 2007 as Deputy Undersecretary of Defense of Intelligence. He had a distinguished military career that began in 1971 when he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Infantry from VA Polytechnic Institute and State University. He served over 24 years in Joint Special Operations, with a command at every level. He spent six years in intelligence, two with the CIA, and was a member of the National Security Council Policy Coordinating Committee for Terrorism and Coordinating Sub Group for Homeland Securitiy. He was commandant of the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. Boykin has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
Dr. John H. Eastby
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.
Director, Military Leadership
and National Security Studies Program
Dr. James Y. Simms, Jr., Director of the Military Leadership and National Security Studies Program, is 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. 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.
Dr. Vernon Dale Jones
Vice President for Strategy, Administration, & Board Affairs
Wilson Center Fellow
Phone: (434) 223-6116
Dr. Dale Jones is Vice President for Strategy, Administration, and Board Affairs. Dr. Jones coordinates ongoing strategic planning for Hampden-Sydney College, supervises the offices of college events, communications, campus security, and the Atkinson Museum, and he serves as the chief administrative liaison for operations of the Board of Trustees. In addition, Dr. Jones serves as a Wilson Center Fellow.
He holds a B.S. in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy, an M.B.A. from Wright State University, an M.A. in public policy from the George Washington University, and a Ph.D. in public administration from Syracuse University.