They say "you can do anything with a degree from Hampden-Sydney," and our alumni prove that.

Here are some stories about alumni and their career paths. If you are looking for a complete list of alumni, please visit the Alumni Directory.

  • Brian Grogan

    Preservation photographer

    Brian Grogan ’73 is back on the Hill this semester teaching an art course that combines history, architecture, and photography, building on his more than 30 years of experience. Brian Grogan '73

  • Ryan Silverfield

    Head football coach

    University of Memphis Head Football Coach Ryan Silverfield ’03 has 24 years of coaching experience at both the college and professional levels, a journey that began while he was a freshman at Hampden-Sydney College. Ryan Silverfield ’03

  • Scott Nickerson

    Senior executive and Scientist

    After Moderna produced a COVID-19 vaccine, Scott Nickerson '95 and his team was charged with safely and successfully manufacturing and rolling out hundreds of millions of doses—a considerably more daunting challenge. Scott Nickerson ’95

  • Eric Lindberg

    CEO and Entrepreneur

    What began in 1993 as an internship with family-owned Grocery Outlet became the preservation of a family legacy with Eric Lindberg '93 at the helm. Eric Lindberg ’93

  • Barron Segar

    Chief executive and Philanthropist

    In January of 2020, Barron Segar ’84 stepped into his dream job as president and chief executive officer of World Food Program USA, ushering in a period of unprecedented organizational and charitable growth. Barron Segar ’84

  • W. Glenn Hurt

    Physician and Philanthropist

    The life of the late Dr. W. Glenn Hurt ’60 was defined by generosity— he has directly and indirectly contributed more than $25 million to benefit his alma mater, providing an incredible legacy that will last in perpetuity. W. Glenn Hurt ’60

  • Yevhen (Zhenya) Goncharov

    Data science consultant and Organizer

    Through the devastation of losing loved ones and the helplessness of being half a world away, Yevhen (Zhenya) Goncharov ’13 and his wife have put their careers on hold to help provide protective and rescue gear for the civilians in his Ukranian hometown. Yevhen Goncharov ’13

  • “Ranny” Chitwood, Jr.


    Dr. Walter Randolph “Ranny” Chitwood, Jr. ’68 is truly a jack of all trades, and he has mastered quite a few. A pioneering heart surgeon, talented photographer, master angler, antiquarian bibliophile, and ham radio operator, Dr. Chitwood finds insight and inspiration from myriad places and experiences. “Ranny” Chitwood, Jr. ’68

  • Matt Eversmann

    Soldier and Consultant

    On October 3, 1993, as a staff sergeant in the 3rd Ranger Regiment, Matt Eversmann '88 found himself in the thick of the historic Battle of Mogadishu, responsible not only for himself but also for the men he served with. Matt Eversmann ’88

  • Warren Thompson


    Founder and president of award-winning Reston-based Thompson Hospitality—the largest minority-owned food service company in the country, Warren Thompson '81 has become an agent for change in the food service industry. Warren Thompson '81

  • Jeff Mapp


    Pediatrician Jeff Mapp '01 leads Extra Mile Pediatrics, the medical nonprofit he founded because of his passion for the people he met on his first mission trip to Guatemala while he was a Hampden-Sydney College student. Jeff Mapp '01

  • Brian Taylor


    From HIV to Ebola and now to COVID-19, Dr. Brian Taylor ’95 has combatted some of humanity’s most virulent global threats in his work as a virologist, a career that often puts him at the intersection of science, politics, and national security. Brian Taylor '95

  • Aaron Gilani

    Medical Student, Entrepreneur, and Philanthropist

    When COVID-19 cut clinical rotations short and delayed board exams, medical student Aaron Gilani, Hampden-Sydney Class of 2015, found a way to fill his days—and take a break from studying for boards—while helping others. Aaron Gilani '15

  • Kristian Hargadon

    Professor and Researcher

    Elliott Associate Professor of Biology Kristian M. Hargadon ’01 had two goals as a child: to cure cancer and to play professional basketball. Both dreams brought him to Hampden-Sydney College, where he played two years of varsity basketball, earned a national Goldwater Scholarship, and graduated first in his class. Kristian Hargadon '01

  • Brian McVey

    Priest and Advocate

    Reverend Brian McVey, Hampden-Sydney College Class of 1990 and Episcopal priest by-way-of financial broker, has become a leading advocate in the fight to abolish human trafficking. Brian McVey '90

  • John Green


    John Green ’98 was honored by the International Boys’ Schools Coalition with the 2018 Hawley-Jarvis Award, which recognizes an educator whose selfless service furthers best practices in boys’ education and advances the professional development of boys’ educators John Green '98

  • Christopher Mize


    Despite earning an MBA and establishing a successful career in pharmaceutical sales, Christopher Mize '89 couldn’t deny his need to paint. So 15 years after graduating from Hampden-Sydney College, he found his way back to the canvas and eventually quit his job to pursue his art full time. Chris Mize '89

  • Michael Luter

    Entrepreneur, Outdoor Enthusiast, and Philanthropist

    Inspired by his love of the outdoors and deep appreciation for the U.S. military, Michael Luter '94 has started a new family tradition to give back to those who serve our nation. The Legacy Ranch Tower Shoot provides a day of camaraderie and sportsmanship to wounded or injured service members and veterans in Hampton Roads. Michael Luter '94

  • John-Garrett "JG" Kemper

    Attorney and Singer-songwriter

    Attorney and government-relations consultant John-Garrett Kemper, Hampen-Sydney College Class of 1993, has added the title singer-songwriter to his list of accomplishments. John-Garrett Kemper '93

  • Scott Keel


    For Dr. Rodney Scott Keel '02, following his dreams and grasping every opportunity has taken the Virginia native around the world and back. At each stop, though, he has found a way to include others in his life and extend them similar opportunities. Scott Keel '02

  • Ryan Odom

    Basketball Coach

    Now entering his second season at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Odom was named the nation’s top first-year Division I head coach in 2017 by, led UMBC to its first three postseason wins in school history at the CIT Tournament, and was named a finalist for the 2017 Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award. Ryan Odom '96

  • Trey Lackey III

    National Security Specialist

    Now retired from government service, Trey Lackey was able to acknowledge his 25 years with the Clandestine Service of the Central Intelligence Agency when he gave the keynote address at Hampden-Sydney College's Wilson Center for Leadership 9-11 commemoration. Trey Lackey III '86

  • Russell Turner

    Basketball Coach

    Named a finalist for the 2017 Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award, Russell Turner '92 received national recognition for his character and leadership in his eighth season as head coach at the University of California-Irvine. Russell Turner '92

  • Tom Spencer


    Photographing high-end, custom-built yachts and covering sport-fishing tournaments up and down the east coast, Tom Spencer '10 has carved out a niche in the freelance photography world. Tom Spencer '10

  • Joe Viar

    Tech Industry

    Joe Viar '63 and Bonnie Christ give back to Hampden-Sydney College with his donation to the Brinkley Hall renovation as a heartfelt thank you to his alma mater. Joe Viar '63

  • Taylor Smack


    Hampden-Sydney College alumnus Taylor Smack '97 is at the forefront of the craft beer industry, winning national and international accolades at Blue Mountain Brewery. Taylor Smack ’97

  • Chris Buck


    Oyster farmers such as Chris Buck, Hampden-Sydney College Class of 1997, are the driving force behind resurrecting a long-lost Virginia staple and revitalizing the once-neglected Chesapeake Bay waters in which they flourish. Chris Buck ’97

  • Edward T. Wolanski


    Community legend, Dr. Edward T. Wolanski, Hampden-Sydney College Class of '78, has delivered more than 10,000 children during his 30 years as an obstetrician. Edward T. Wolanski '78

  • Pierce Buckingham


    On the windswept plains of the Mongolian Steppe last August, a group of extreme adventurers recreated the famed postal routes of Genghis Khan—among them Pierce Buckingham '06 of Hampden-Sydney. Pierce Buckingham ’06

  • Alexander Jermaine “Jay” Patrick

    Banking and Finance

    Hampden-Sydney College alumnus “Jay” Patrick ’03 joined forces with a former Randolph-Macon rival to erradicate homelessness among Richmond's military veteran population. Alexander Jermaine “Jay” Patrick ’03

  • Matthew Reiss

    Mushroom Farmer

    Matthew Reiss '06 and his partner Jenna Kuczynski have brought their passion and knowledge back to Southwest Virginia, fulfilling Reiss' dream of owning and operating a sustainable farm. Matthew Reiss '06

  • Robbie O’Cain


    Hampden-Sydney alumnus Robbie O'Cain '07 is at the forefront of the craft beer industry, winning national and international accolades at Starr Hill Brewery. Robbie O’Cain ’07

  • John Currence


    John Currence '87 is one of four Hampden-Sydney men who have distinguished themselves in the cut-throat world of fine dining, rising through the ranks to become owner-chefs of highly acclaimed restaurants. John Currence '87

  • Jay Rostan

    Lacrosse Coach

    2017 ODAC Coach of the Year Jason "Jay" Rostan '03 reflects on the value of Division III athletics and the legacy of Hampden-Sydney College Lacrosse. Jay Rostan '03

  • Gordon Wadsworth

    Professional Cyclist

    With six national championships under his belt, professional mountain biker Gordon Wadsworth, Hampden-Sydney College Class of 2010, is making a name for himself in the cycling world. Gordon Wadsworth '10

  • Toby Usnik

    Public Relations

    Toby Usnik, Class of 1985, encourages a life of purpose in a seminar at Hampden-Sydney College titled, "Arts and the Purpose-Driven Life." Toby Usnik '85

  • Keith Leach


    Born at Hampden-Sydney during his father’s undergraduate years, new College Chaplian Keith Leach '81 has truly come full circle. He shares his journey to faith, to ministry, and back to Hampden-Sydney. Keith Leach '81

  • Gordon Johnson


    In his work salvaging, restoring, and repairing buildings, Gordon Johnson, Hampden-Sydney College Class of 1997, has had the chance to explore places that once sheltered great Virginians of the past. Gordon Johnson ’97

  • Tillman Heuer

    Racecar Driver

    Tillman Heuer, Hampden-Sydney College Class of 2015, is a racecar driver from Virginia Beach, VA. Tillman Heuer '15

  • Rob Irons

    Classics Professor

    Dr. Rob Irons's fascination with distant cultures and civilizations would propel him across Europe and the United States, and finally back to Hampden-Sydney as the newest professor in the Classics Department. Robert Irons ’00

  • Rollie Edwards


    Rollie Edwards ’17 wanted an American flag bow tie to wear to a Fourth of July party, but every one he found was too expensive. So, he made one. Now he owns his own handmade bow tie company, Whitley Cotton Company. Rollie Edwards ’17

  • Carter Hudgins

    Historic Preservationist

    Dr. Carter C. Hudgins, Hampden-Sydney College Class of '00 is a South Carolina-area historic preservationist. Carter Hudgins '00

  • David Lawrence, Jr.

    Ski Instructor and Business Owner

    Just days after he graduated from Hampden-Sydney College, David Lawrence '98 packed up his car and started driving west. Now he is a nationally recognized cross-country ski instructor and co-owner (with his wife) of a river rafting company. David Lawrence, Jr. ’98

  • R. Tyler Whitley

    Political Reporter

    R. Tyler Whitely '59 retires from more than 50 years as a reporter, over 30 of them covering politics for The Richmond Times Dispatch. R. Tyler Whitley ’59

  • Demas Boudreaux

    Sporting Entrepreneur

    Demas Boudreaux '02, proprietor of Commonwealth Birding, sees his hunting preserve business expanding from the preserve and e-commerce site to include event hosting, possibly big game hunts, and an area for skeet and trap shooting. Demas Boudreaux ’02

  • Scott Cooper

    Director and Actor

    After years working as an actor and aspiring writer in Hollywood, Scott Cooper ’92 struck Oscar gold with his directorial debut, Crazy Heart. Scott Cooper ’92

  • Rick Staab

    Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

    When their son was diagnosed with dystonia, Rick and Michelle Staab began researching the disease and soon realized that there was little information to be found. So they started Tyler’s Hope, a non-profit organization to help find the cure. Rick Staab ’90

  • Larry Caplin

    Dentist and Mentor

    Dr. Lawrence B. “Larry” Caplin ’86 is out to change how America’s children take care of their bodies and how they perceive their own futures. Dr. Larry Caplin ’86