James C. Wheat Chair in Leadership

To ensure that students are given ample opportunity to understand the relationship between theory and practice, the Wilson Center invites accomplished scholars and practitioners for short residencies. One of these positions, the James C. Wheat Professorship, was established in 1993 in memory of one of Richmond's most eminent financiers. With imagination and vigor, Mr. Wheat not only built a financial corporation, but was a civic leader in Richmond and Virginia and raised funds for many charitable causes. Before his death in 1992, he told friends and family of his desire to support a professorship at Hampden-Sydney, where his wife, Wiley, had served on the Board of Trustees and his son, James C. Wheat III, was a graduate of the class of 1975.

Visiting Wheat Professors

  • Dr. Charles Sydnor, CEO of Central Virginia PBS
  • Mr. Alfred Broadus, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
  • Lt. Gen. Samuel Vaughan Wilson (USA ret), President emeritus of Hampden-Sydney College, former Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency
  • Lt. Gen. William G. "Jerry" Boykin (USA ret), former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence