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:

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

General Sam Wilson: "The Historians" Episode 3

Wilson Leadership Fellows Program

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 Leadership Fellows

Leadership in the Public Interest Minor

The Leadership in the Public Interest minor is an interdisciplinary minor designed to provide opportunities to study leaders and leadership concepts that are applicable to leadership, citizenship, and ethical decision making in a variety of contexts.

Leadership in the Public Interest Minor

National Security Studies Minor

The National Security Studies minor is designed for students who are interested in the historical, political, cultural, ethical, and legal dimensions of national security policy as well as the place and role of the military in American society.

National Security Studies Minor

ROTC Program

Army ROTC is a national leadership development program that educates and prepares highly talented college students to become Army Officers while pursuing the major of their choice with a focus on academics, campus leadership opportunities, and athletics. Hampden-Sydney men may enroll in the Army ROTC program through the University of Richmond.

ROTC

Graduate Agreements

Hampden-Sydney College and the Wilson Center have partnerships with several graduate school programs:

University of Virginia, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy 
Through an agreement with the with the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia, students participating in the Wilson Leadership Fellows Program, or enrolled in the Leadership in the Public Interest minor, and [Military Leadership and] National Securities Studies minor are offered a priority track for admission into the Masters of Public Policy (MPP) program. Representatives of the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy have committed to visiting campus annually and providing the Wilson Center with a list of recommended coursework for future applicants to best prepare them for the program. All students who apply, regardless of admissions decision, will receive an application fee waiver. Students selected for admission at the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy will receive an annual fellowship of $10,000 for Virginia residents and $17,500 for residents of other states. For more information, interested students should contact the Director of the Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest.

Cornell University’s Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA)
Through an agreement with the with the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs at Cornell University, students participating in the Wilson Leadership Fellows Program, or enrolled in the Leadership in the Public Interest minor, and [Military Leadership and] National Securities Studies minor are offered a priority track for admission into the Masters of Public Administration (MPA) program. Representatives of the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs have committed to visiting campus annually and providing the Wilson Center with a list of recommended coursework for future applicants to best prepare them for the program. All students who apply, regardless of admissions decision, will receive an application fee waiver. For more information, interested students should contact the Director of the Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest.

 

Wilson Center Events


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

Wilson Center Events

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  • Wilson Center Partners with Cornell

    May 03, 2019


    Hampden-Sydney College and the Wilson Center have announced a new partnership with Cornell University to encourage and facilitate the enrollment of qualified H-SC students into the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA), a two-year Master of Public Administration (MPA) program.

    Cornell Partnership

Contact Wilson Center for Leadership


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

Ryan Pemberton '00, Director
rpemberton@hsc.edu
(434) 223-6212

May Reed, Programs & Events Coordinator
mreed@hsc.edu
(434) 223-7077

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