Christopher B. Howard

Christopher B. Howard

Christopher B. Howard
24th President of Hampden–Sydney College
In office
July 1, 2009 – Present
Preceded by Walter M. Bortz III
Personal details
Born (1969-02-12)February 12, 1969
Spouse(s) Barbara Noble Howard
Children Cohen Howard
Joshua Howard
Residence Hampden Sydney, VA
Alma mater BS, United States Air Force Academy
DPhil, Oxford University
MBA, Harvard Business School
Website President of H-SC

Christopher B. Howard (born February 12, 1969) is the 24th President of Hampden–Sydney College in Hampden Sydney, Virginia. He is the first African American president of the college[1] and is one of the youngest college presidents in the United States.[2]


He is a 1987 graduate of Plano Senior High School in Plano, Texas, where he helped the 1986 football team win a Texas State Championship. Howard is a 1991 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, earning a bachelor of science in political science. While at the Academy, he served as his class president and as a cadet group commander. He was selected as a First Team Academic All-American as the starting running back on the Air Force Falcons football team and awarded the inaugural Draddy Trophy in 1990 by the National Football Foundation. In 2003 he was inducted into the Academic All American Hall of Fame.[2][3][4]

Howard was named a Rhodes Scholar, and he attended Oxford University from 1991 to 1994, earning a Master of Philosophy and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Politics. In 2003, he earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Harvard Business School.

Military career

While in the Air Force, Howard served as a UH-1 “Huey” helicopter pilot and an intelligence officer. He accompanied Secretary of Defense William Cohen to Cape Town, South Africa as a military advisor in 1998. He served with the 24th Special Tactics Squadron and earned the Joint Service Commendation and NATO Medals for service in Bosnia. He is currently a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve. He was called to active duty for one year during 2003, serving as the Chief of the Human Intelligence Operations Cell in Afghanistan where he was awarded the Bronze Star. He currently serves as the US Air Force Reserve Air Attaché to Liberia.

Civilian career

In 1999, Howard worked in various capacities for Bristol-Myers Squibb, serving as a manager on a $100 million HIV/AIDS initiative in southern Africa called Secure The Future.

Howard is the chairman and founder of the [5] He also serves on the Advisory Board of Carolina for Kibera, a non-profit that fights ethnic violence and abject poverty in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya.

Beginning in May 2003, Howard served in General Electric’s Corporate Initiatives Group where he reported to the Chief Information Officer. While working with GE, he led several initiatives, including the company’s effort to expand its African businesses.

In September 2005, Howard became Associate Vice President for Strategic & Leadership Initiatives, and later Vice President at the University of Oklahoma where he also served as the Director of the Honors College Leadership Center, Associate Professor, and a President’s Associates Presidential Professor.

Howard is also a Senior Advisor of Albright Stonebridge Group where he advises clients on Africa-related issues.


  1. ^ "Footprints in the sandhills". Fayetteville Observer. October 1, 2010. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "About President Howard". Hampden–Sydney College. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Former Falcon Chris Howard to be Inducted into Academic All-America Hall of Fame".  
  4. ^ "Capital One Academic All-American Hall of Fame". 
  5. ^ "Impact Young Lives Foundation". Retrieved 17 June 2012. 

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Walter M. Bortz III
President of Hampden–Sydney College
July 1, 2009—
Succeeded by