Wilson Center for Leadership Board of Advisors


John M. Boswell '65 
Attorney, Boswell & Williamson (term ex. 2016)

Raymond B. Bottom '51 
Retired, Centennial Communications LLC (term ex. 2017)

Charles Crist '66 
Charles W. “Charlie” Crist Jr. '66 retired as the VP for Finance & Administration at Hollins University in 2000 and retired Vice President of Human Resources from Bell Atlantic (Verizon) in 1995. He was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Presbyterian Homes & Family Services from 1996 - 2002 and Chair of Culpeper County Electoral Board 2005 - 2008. Currently he serves on the Planning Commission of the Town of Culpeper and serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Culpeper Regional Hospital and Chair of the Board of the Culpeper Wellness Foundation.  Mr. Crist has an MBA from the University of Richmond, 1984 and was a member of the Hampden-Sydney College Board of Trustees 1995 - 2001. (term ex. 2017)

Honorable Herbert C. Gill, Jr. '65 
Judge, State of Virginia 12th Judicial Court (term ex. 2018)

Robert R. Hatten '69  
Robert R. Hatten ‘69 is Managing Partner, Patten, Womom, Hatten & Diamonstein LC.  He was admitted to bar in 1972 (VA).  He received his preparatory and legal education from Hampden-Sydney College (B.A., 1969) and Washington & Lee University (J.D., 1972). He served as Law Clerk to the Honorable John A. MacKenzie of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (1972-73).  Organizations – Fraternities, Memberships, Fellowships:  Virginia Trial Lawyers Association; American Association for Justice; Southern Trial Lawyers Association; American Board of Trial Advocates; Best Lawyers in America for Personal Injury Litigation; Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Courageous Advocacy Award (1987 Recipient); National Conference of Community & Justice Humanitarian Award of Virginia Peninsula (1998 Recipient); Virginia Lawyers Weekly Leaders in the Law Award (2007 Recipient). (term ex. 2017) 

Captain Steve Knott '82, USN Ret
Army War College (term ex. 2017)

Matthew D. Michael '95
Division General Counsel, 3M Company, St. Paul (term ex. 2017)

Ryan Pemberton '00
Ryan Pemberton '00 received a BA from Hampden-Sydney College in May of 2000.  While at Hampden-Sydney he majored in Political Science and was a participant in Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest.  After graduation he was named Assistant Director of Annual Giving at the College, a position he held until 2003.  From 2003 to 2006 he served as Director of Annual Giving at Hampden-Sydney College.  In 2008, he received a M.P.A. from Cornell University.  His concentration at Cornell was Government, Politics and Policy Studies.  His graduate thesis examined the way Presidents at selective liberal arts colleges communicate, structure their administrations, work with their governing boards, manage the strategic planning process and employ various leadership styles.  He is also currently working on a Doctorate of Education in the Higher Education Administration program at George Washington University where his research focuses on the college presidency. (term ex. 2016) 

Stephen Saunders '97 
Dr. Stephen H. Saunders '97 is the Principal of Baker-Butler Elementary School in Albemarle County, VA. He previously served as Assistant Principal at Brownsville Elementary and Jouett Middle Schools in Albemarle County. He also taught and coached at Charlottesville High School. He earned an MA in French Language, an M Ed in School Administration, and a Ph.D. in School Administration, all from the University of Virginia. His research and dissertation focused on supporting the motivation and reading skills of students who are struggling in school. (term ex. 2017) 

Kenneth Simon '11
attorney, Akin Gump, LLC (term ex. 2018)

Dr. Curtis J. Smith
Dr. Curt Smith, the Myers Professor & Director of the Freshmen Leadership Program, served as director of the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, VA from 1994 - 98. He also holds an adjunct faculty position at Indiana University in the School of Environmental and Public Affairs.  Prior to his position at FEI, he held several senior posts with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, and was awarded 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.  He has recently served as chairman of the Board of Directors of Wintergreen Resort and is finishing two terms as a Trustee of the American Shakespeare Center, during which he also served as chair.  He was recently elected by the UN General Assembly to a four-year term as an International Civil Service Commissioner. (term unlimited) 

Lt. Col. Rucker Snead III '81
Lt. Col. Rucker Snead III '81 (USA ret) currently serves as the Director of the Wilson Center for Leadership.  Prior to joining the Center, he served as 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.

Stetson Tinkham '67
H. Stetson Tinkham '67 moved to the U.S. Department of State in 1985 after fourteen years with the U.S. Commerce Department. He has served as a U.S. negotiator, head of delegation or senior staff member on a variety of bilateral and multilateral fisheries negotiations. He concluded a 17 year negotiation by reaching agreement in 2001 on a U.S.-Canada treaty for the management of Yukon River salmon stocks. While in the U.S. Army he served in Germany and Viet Nam. He holds a B.S. degree in biology from Hampden-Sydney College. (term ex. 2017)

Edwin L. West, III '92
Attorney, Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP (term ex. 2018)

Gen. Samuel V. Wilson 
Lt. Gen Samuel V. Wilson (USA ret), emeritus First Wilson Center Fellow; former Wheat Professor of Leadership Studies and President emeritus of Hampden-Sydney College, joined the Hampden-Sydney 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. (term unlimited)