Vinton Bruton

Director of the Wilson Center 
Phone: (434) 223-6212

Jennifer Meitz

Communications and Programs Coordinator
Phone: (434) 223-7077


Dr. John H. Eastby

Phone: (434) 223-6312
John H. Eastby is Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs at Hampden-Sydney College. He has published on international organization, political theory and international relations, European integration, American foreign policy and Woodrow Wilson. He served for a year as Associate Dean of the Faculty at Hampden-Sydney and recently completed a six year term as Director of the interdisciplinary Western Culture program. He holds the B.A. degree from Augustana College and the Ph.D from the University of Virginia. 

Dr. David E. Marion

Phone: (434) 223-6240
Dr. Marion has taught at Hampden-Sydney College for 42 years.  He is a scholar of constitutional law and public administration. Dr. David E. Marion is a member of the Academic Advisory Board at the Bill of Rights Institute in Arlington and served as a consultant for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Dr. Marion founded the Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest, originally named the James Madison Center for Leadership in the Public Interest.  His is the author of The Jurisprudence of Justice William Brennan, Jr.: The Law and Politics of 'Libertarian' Dignity, and co-author of Founders and the Constitution and The Deconstitutionalization of America. 

Dr. James Y. Simms, Jr.

Phone: (434)223-6227
Dr. James Y. Simms, Jr. is a retired Elliott Professor of History. He also has taught at Eastern Michigan University and George Mason University. He has been awarded several National Endowment of the Humanities grants and a Fellowship at the Russian Research Center at Harvard University. His area of expertise is Russian agriculture--peasant well-being--in late Imperial Russia. Author of several articles on this subject, he is also co-editor and co-author of Modernization and Revolution: Dilemmas of Progress in Late Imperial Russia

Dr. Curtis J. Smith

Myers Professor & Director, Martin Leadership Program
Phone: (434) 223-7267
Dr. Curtis J. Smith, Myers Professor & Director of the Martin Leadership Program, served as director of the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, VA from 1994 - 98. He presently holds adjunct faculty position at Indiana University. Prior to his position at FEI, he held several posts with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, and was appointed to the presidential rank of distinguished executive under the Senior Executive Service. He has a Ph.D. in English Literature from Ohio State University and was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration in 1998. 


Colonel Greg Eanes, USAF (Ret)

Phone: (434) 223-6017
Colonel Greg Eanes is a Visiting Lecturer at the Wilson Center and retired intelligence officer with over 34 years' experience supporting operations in the Cold War, the Iranian Hostage Crisis, DESERT SHIELD/STORM, and post 9/11 operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. A special operations veteran, he retired as the Reserve Director for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance at Air Force Special Operations Command in 2011. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious wartime achievement at Special Operations Command-Central in DESERT STORM and an Oak Leaf Cluster to the Bronze Star as the Deputy and Acting Director of Human and Counterintelligence for Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan. A regional military historian and public speaker, he has published over 16 books and monographs. A businessman and former journalist, he is active in veteran and civic affairs currently serving as the Mayor of Crewe. He holds a B.S. in Occupational Education from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, a Master's in Military History from American Military University and graduate certificates in military leadership and national security studies from the Air War College and Air Command & Staff College.