Preparing men of character for lives of consequence

The Wilson Center for Leadership, established in 1996 and named for the College's former president Lt. Gen. Samuel V. Wilson (U.S. Army, Ret.), provides students with the opportunity to explore, practice, and hone their leadership skills so that they may become tomorrow's CEOs, business founders, military officers, and civic and political leaders. With direction from current and former leaders, students gain an understanding of the challenges confronting the United States and the world today through lectures, forums, symposia, and excursions. The Wilson Center prepares men to be leaders by offering the following leadership programs:

Wilson Leadership Fellows Program

Leadership in the Public Interest Minor

Military and National Security Minor

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 Challenge

The Shelton Challenge at Hampden-Sydney College is a six-day summer residential experience where young men entering 10th, 11th & 12th grades can  explore the cornerstones of values-based leadership. Find out more!

Shelton Challenge


Wilson Center Events

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

Wilson Center Events

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

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  • Wilson Fellowship Announcement

    January 23, 2018

    The Wilson Leadership Fellows Program is a four-year leadership program designed for a select group of motivated, energetic freshmen who wish to make a difference in their communities today and tomorrow.

    Wilson Fellowship

Contact Wilson Center for Leadership

P.O. Box 854 | Hampden-Sydney, VA 23943

Ryan Pemberton '00, Director
(434) 223-6212

Rucker Snead, Executive Director
(434) 223-6260

May Reed, Programs & Events Coordinator
(434) 223-7077

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