Preparing men of character for lives of consequence

Hampden-Sydney prepares men to be leaders. Our students are given opportunities to explore, practice, and hone their leadership skills so they can go on to become tomorrow's CEOs, business founders, military officers, college presidents, and civic and political leaders. The Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest hosts lectures, forums, symposia, and excursions that help develop effective and ethical leaders. With direction from current and former leaders, students gain an understanding of the challenges confronting the United States and the world.

Established in 1996 and named for the College's president from 1992-2000, Lt. Gen. Samuel V. Wilson (U.S. Army, Ret.), the Center oversees leadership, public service, and civic education for Hampden-Sydney students, faculty, staff, and alumni; area high school teachers and students; and a variety of community and national educational organizations. The Wilson Center also offers the following specialty leadership programs:

Martin Leadership Program

Leadership in the Public Interest Program

Military and National Security Program

ROTC Program 

General Wilson used to say that Hampden-Sydney men are ‘Dragon Slayers.’ I took that to mean that it’s my duty as a Hampden-Sydney man to go out and find dragons to slay — to find a worthy cause that’s larger than myself and work for it.

Henrik Fogh Rasmussen ’03

The Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest

The Shelton Leadership Challenge

The Shelton Leadership Challenge at Hampden-Sydney College is a six-day summer residential experience where young men explore the cornerstones of values-based leadership. Find out more!

Shelton Leadership Challenge


Wilson Center Events

Check our calendar regularly for upcoming lectures, forums, symposia, and excursions.

Wilson Center Events

Give to the Wilson Center

Thank you for keeping the Wilson Center for Leadership and its programs strong.

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Contact Wilson Center for Leadership

P.O. Box 854 
Hampden-Sydney, VA 23943
(434) 223-7077 
Rucker Snead, Director
May Reed, Programs & Events Coordinator

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