President Larry StimpertLarry Stimpert  has served as the 25th president of Hampden-Sydney College since 2016. Reflecting his deep commitment to the liberal arts and the College’s distinctive mission, “to form good men and good citizens,” his presidency is focused on providing students with an extraordinary educational experience and outcomes. Under his leadership, the College has implemented curricular and co-curricular enhancements, including new majors and minors, an experiential learning initiative, a four-year leadership program, and new programs in entrepreneurship and outdoor education. The College has broadened the racial, ethnic, socio-economic, and geographic reach of its recruiting efforts and significantly improved retention. The College has set fundraising records in each of the last four years and it has pursued a vigorous building and renovation agenda that has culminated most recently in the construction of the Pauley Science Center and many other construction and renovation efforts.

While serving as Hampden-Sydney’s president, Dr. Stimpert has chaired the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia and the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges. He is currently chairing the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.

Before coming to Hampden-Sydney, Dr. Stimpert served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Economics and Management at DePauw University. Earlier, he served for many years as a professor in the Economics and Business Department at Colorado College. Dr. Stimpert received his B.A. in economics from Illinois Wesleyan University, his M.B.A. from Columbia University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.

Before starting his academic career, Dr. Stimpert worked for the Norfolk Southern Corporation and the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company. Dr. Stimpert and his wife, Lesley, have two children.

Remarks, Speeches, and Publications


"Let Your Light Shine” – Opening Convocation (pdf)


“College in the Time of COVID-19” – New Student Orientation (pdf)

“‘Nor Tolerate Those Who Do’” – Honor Convocation (pdf)

“Our Time is Now” – Opening Convocation (pdf)

Founders Day Message to the Hampden-Sydney College Community (pdf)

Report to the Hampden-Sydney College Community (pdf)


“A Very Special College” – New Student Orientation (pdf)

“Morally Satisfying Life” – Honor Convocation (pdf)

“To Lead Out” – Opening Convocation (pdf)

Report to the Hampden-Sydney College Community (pdf)


“A Father’s Advice” – New Student Orientation (pdf)

“A Way of Life” – Honor Convocation (pdf)

“A Year, and Years, of Note” – Opening Convocation (pdf)

“Higher Education and Hampden-Sydney College: Continuing Relevance” – Commonwealth Club (pdf)

“Leadership is Not Self-Serving, but Other-Serving” – Reception Honoring Samuel V. Wilson (pdf)

“Setting a High Bar” – Final Convocation (pdf)

Report to the Hampden-Sydney College Community (pdf)


“Making the Most of a Hampden-Sydney Education” – New Student Orientation (pdf)

“Honor at Hampden-Sydney College” – Honor Convocation (pdf)

“Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast” – Opening Convocation (pdf)

“Possibilities Fulfilled” – Financial Campaign Kick-off (pdf)

“A Job Well Done” – Final Convocation (pdf)

Report to the Hampden-Sydney College Community (pdf)


“Transformation, Not Transactions” – New Student Orientation (pdf)

“Honor is a Two-Way Street” – Honor Convocation (pdf)

“Hampden-Sydney Men” – Opening Convocation (pdf)

“Be Strong and Courageous, and Act” – Inaugural Remarks (pdf)

“A Hero’s Life and Work” – Memorial Service for Samuel V. Wilson (pdf)

Report to the Hampden-Sydney College Community (pdf)

“Our Great Opportunity” – Remarks upon Appointment as President (pdf)