December 12, 2023

As we look ahead to a promising new year, Hampden-Sydney College reflects on the notable moments of 2023.

the Hampden-Sydney banner and shield atop a black hanging bannerAcademics

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Awarded Accreditation
The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) awarded a full seven-year accreditation to H-SC’s Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program. 

H-SC Announces Partnership with CNU
A partnership with Christopher Newport University encourages students to enroll in CNU’s Master of Financial Analysis (MFinA)—the only MFinA offered in Virginia.

Class of 2023 Celebrates Commencement
On Saturday, May 13, under cover of cloud but with spirit of sunshine, the Hampden-Sydney College class of 2023 earned their diplomas.

Pioneering Compass Class Graduates
The first class of Hampden-Sydney students who enrolled as freshmen with Compass as a graduation requirement turned their tassels.

H-SC Inks Second Graduate School Agreement with CNU
A new graduate school agreement allows eligible H-SC juniors the opportunity to participate in CNU’s Master of Science in Applied Physics and Computer Science program.


H-SC Earns High Financial Marks
The College received high financial marks in Forbes 2023 College Financial Grades analysis, positioning H-SC as the third highest-ranked private institution in Virginia .

Princeton Review Ranks H-SC Top 10 in Five
Hampden-Sydney made the  top 10 in five categories of the new edition of the Princeton Review’s The Best 389 Colleges.

S&P Affirms H-SC’s ‘A/Stable’ Rating
Demonstrating confidence in the long-term financial outlook for Hampden-Sydney College, S&P Global (S&P) recently affirmed the College’s “A/Stable” long-term credit rating.

Achievements and Awards

a vertical photo collage of celebratory moments at H-SC. including graduation, convocation, football victoryFlemming Center Builds Excitement for Innovation
A Compass course in innovation builds excitement for the fall 2023 opening of the Farmville SEED Innovation Hub.

Two Professors Receive Fulbright Awards
Elliott Professor of English Evan Davis and Elliott Professor of Biology Rachel Goodman received Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program awards for the 2023-24 academic year.

Hargadon Earns UVA Early Achievement Award
The UVA Medical Alumni Association announced that H-SC Trinkle Professor of Biology, Kristian M. Hargadon '01, was awarded the 2023 Early Achievement Award in Biomedical Sciences.

Flemming Center Celebrates $600,000 Grant
SOVA Innovation Hub's $600,000 grant to accelerate entrepreneurial support in Southern Virginia will bolster funding for Flemming Center-supported programming.

In the News and Beyond

Film Focuses on Professor’s Art
The horticultural film studio PlantPop released a film about artwork that Elliott Professor of Fine Arts  Pam Fox began while on a yearlong sabbatical in Paris.

Hillen's Latest in  National Review
James C. Wheat Professor of Leadership  John Hillen contributes article in  National Review titled “The China Speech a President Should Give.”

Professor Szabo’s Book Referenced in The New Yorker
“Turn On, Tune In, Drift Off: Ambient Music’s Psychedelic Past” by Elliott Assistant Professor of Music  Victor Szabo was quoted in the April 17 issue of  The  New Yorker magazine.

Professors Co-Edit New Anthology
Elliott Professor of English  Evan Davis and Elliott Associate Professor of Rhetoric  Nicholas Nace have co-edited a new anthology titled  The Broadview of Anthology of British Satire, 1660-1750

Professor Offers Analysis in Foreign Policy
Elliott Assistant Professor of History  Andre Pagliarini authored a piece in  Foreign Policy titled “The American Left Realigns Its Relationship to Latin America.”

Wall Street Journal Publishes Review of Professor's Book
Elliott Associate Professor of History  Matthew Hulbert was recently recognized in the  Wall Street Journal for his book Oracle of Lost Causes: John Newman Edwards and His Never-Ending Civil War

Professor Publishes New Book
Hampden-Sydney Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics  Paul Hay recently published a new book titled Saeculum: Defining Historical Eras in Ancient Roman Thought.


Hampden-Sydney Announces New Dean of Admission
Chrystal Russell is the College’s next dean of admission.

Accomplished Educator to Lead Wilson Center
Vinton C. Bruton IV was appointed director of the Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest.

Renowned Physicist Speaks at Commencement
Neil deGrasse Tyson was H-SC’s commencement speaker on May 13, 2023.

Dean of Culture and Inclusion Named
Desiree Washington was appointed dean of culture and inclusion.

Retiring Faculty Leave Behind Legacies
The College bid farewell to four professors—Roger Barrus, Professor of Government & Foreign Affairs; Daniel Weese, Professor of Psychology; James Janowski, Elliott Professor of Philosophy; and Warner Winborne ’88, Associate Professor of Government & Foreign Affairs.

Pioneering Justice Speaks at Convocation
The Honorable John Charles Thomas, the first African-American appointed to the Supreme Court of Virginia, was the keynote speaker at opening convocation.

Hampden-Sydney Announces New Dean of Faculty
Timothy M. Diette was selected to be the next dean of faculty.

Prominent Historian Gives Founders Day Lecture
Hampden-Sydney welcomed historian and executive director of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Christy S. Coleman delivered this year’s Founders Day Lecture on November 9.

College Mourns Passing of Dr. Walter M. Bortz III
Hampden-Sydney announced the passing of Dr. Walter M. Bortz III, the 23rd President of the College.


Touchdown Club of Richmond Honors Marty Favret
Retiring Hampden-Sydney head football coach, Marty Favret, was honored by the Touchdown Club of Richmond as the 2023 recipient of the Ray Tate Memorial Award.

Tigers Take Thrilling Overtime Triumph Over Shenandoah
Tigers won their home finale for 24th-year retiring head coach Marty Favret in a hard-fought and closely-played game.

George Langhammer Named William V. Campbell Trophy® Semifinalist    
The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced that H-SC senior punter George Langhammer was named a semifinalist for the 2023 William V. Campbell Trophy®, college football's premier scholar-athlete award.

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