Dr. Ryan Pemberton '00

Director of the Wilson Center
(434) 223-6212

Dr. Pemberton is a proud alumnus of Hampden-Sydney College (2000 Political Science) and the Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest.  He returned to the College in 2018 as the Director of the Wilson Center for Leadership.  Dr. Pemberton has experience in academia, non-profit management, and intelligence. He holds an M.P.A. (concentration in Government, Politics, and Policy Studies) from Cornell University and an Ed.D. from the George Washington University (Higher Education Administration). His dissertation research focused on the presidential leadership transition at private liberal arts colleges.  In addition to working as an FBI Intelligence Analyst, he has worked in the development offices of Hampden-Sydney College and Millsaps College.  Pemberton was the recipient of the inaugural Harvey B. Morgan Public Service award and teaches classes on leadership and policy.

Mrs. May S. Reed

Programs & Events Coordinator
Phone: (434) 223-7077
Mrs. May S. Reed, Programs and Events Coordinator, began working at the Wilson Center for Leadership in November 2010. She obtained a bachelor's degree from Salem College.  Prior to working at the Wilson Center, Mrs. Reed was with the Museum of the Confederacy for thirteen years.  She also enjoyed brief careers in real estate and as a high school government teacher.  


Dr. John H. Eastby

Phone: (434) 223-6312
John H. Eastby is an Elliot 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.

LTC Rucker Snead (USA ret) '81

Army ROTC Advisor 
Phone: (434) 223-6260
Lt. Col. Snead currently serves as the Associate Dean for ROTC, National Security Studies, and Wilson Leadership Fellows Recruitment.  Prior to that, he served Hampden-Sydney College in a number of capacities beginning in 2004.  Prior to returning to his alma mater, he served for twenty-three years in the US Army. His assignments included a variety of tours both at home and abroad to include a command position in Germany, teaching at Appalachian State University, working with the United Nations in Haiti, training the Saudi military, running the 54th Presidential Inaugural Parade, and serving in the National Military Command Center at the Pentagon. He earned a BA in Political Science and French from Hampden-Sydney College, a MA in History from Appalachian State University, and MMAS in Strategic Studies from School of Advanced Military Studies, Ft Leavenworth.