Hampden-Sydney College and the Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest are thrilled to announce the Honorable Dr. John Hillen as the new James C. Wheat Chair in Leadership.
Established in 1993, the Wheat Professorship enables students to learn about both the theory and the practice of leadership under the guidance of visiting leaders from various arenas. As the Wheat Professor, Hillen will teach Leadership and Ethics—a required course for students earning a minor in Leadership in the Public Interest—and will develop a special topics class on leadership in American institutions.
“A primary goal of the Wilson Center of Leadership in the Public Interest is to connect theory and practice,” said Wilson Center Director Ryan Pemberton ’00. “Dr. Hillen’s experience in the classroom, boardroom, halls of power, and in combat will help our young men connect their time at Hampden-Sydney and in the Wilson Center to the world beyond our gates. I am confident that each of his classes will have a waiting list.”
Hillen is an award-winning CEO and leadership expert, former Assistant Secretary of State, public intellectual, decorated combat veteran, and popular business school professor. He is the author of several books, most recently What Happens Now? Reinvent Yourself as a Leader Before Your Business Outruns You, which was recognized as one of the top business books of 2018. He is currently the CEO of Everwatch Solutions.
"I've been teaching and writing about leadership in various settings now for 20 years,” Hillen said. “It is very exciting to bring that teaching experience and the leadership lessons I've learned in military, diplomatic, governmental, non-profit, and commercial roles to our students at the Wilson Center. We aim for these young men to be the CEOs, mayors, pastors, coaches, teachers, generals, and other leaders of tomorrow. To help them on that journey is a privilege."