STAUNTON, VIRGINIA— The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Foundation announced today that six members have joined its Board of Trustees: Dr. Bryan LeBeau of Leavenworth Kansas; Janet Marks of Monterey Massachusetts; Hillel Maximon also of Monterey Massachusetts; Harry Warthen of Manakin-Sabot, Virginia; and General Theodore G. Shuey of Staunton Virginia.  All began three-year terms in July. Thomas J. Knock of Dallas Texas will complete a partial two year term and is eligible to serve two additional three year terms.

Dr. Bryan LeBeau is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas.  He holds a Ph.D. from New York University in American Civilization.  He has held an endowed faculty chair in the humanities at Creighton University and was the founding director of Creighton’s Center for the Study of Religion and Society.  While at Creighton he also served as Chair of the Department of History and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies before moving on to become Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Missouri – Kansas City.  Dr. LeBeau is the author of six books on various topics in American history.  He is an editor for the Jonathan Edwards Papers at Yale University and is a member of the Harry s. Truman Presidential Library Institute Committee on Research, Scholarship, and Academic Relations.

Janet Marks is Senior Director of the Sloan Fellows, Executive MBA, and Alumni Career Development Office at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management. Based in Cambridge Massachusetts, the Sloan School of Management is one of the world’s leading business schools, and is part of MIT’s rich intellectual tradition of education and research.

Hillel Maximon is senior lecturer of  financial accounting, financial statement analysis, management accounting (cost & control), and real estate finance; in MS, MBA, Executive MBA, Careers in Business, and Law School programs at the University of Navarra (Spain).  He has taught in a number of leading business schools receiving consistently high ratings from graduate students and business executives.  His expertise is in financial accounting, real estate finance, and the time value of money.  Mr. Maximon has been cited by the Canadian Supreme Court and the Accounting Education Change Commission for his work and contributions.  He also received the Best Teacher Award in Rutgers University’s Professional Accounting Program, and was inducted into that school’s Hall of Fame of Great Teachers.

Harry J. Warthen III born and raised in Richmond, Virginia received both his B.A. and his L.L.B. from the University of Virginia. Harry was a law clerk to the Honorable Herbert S. Boreman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit from 1967-1968.  He was a lecturer at the University of Virginia law School from 1975-1977.  Harry is a Trustee of the Historic Richmond Foundation and served as its President from 2002-2004.  He was director of the Preservation Alliance of Virginia (1991-1998) and served as President from 1994-1996.  He is a director of the Corporation for Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, Lynchburg, and is a member of the Board of Advisors of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington, D.C.  Harry is currently senior counsel in the Richmond office of the Hunton and Williams law firm.

Brigadier General Theodore G. Shuey, Jr., a native of Augusta County Virginia, is a graduate of Bridgewater College and obtained a Masters Degree from the University of Virginia.  He was an educator before starting an insurance and financial services organization in 1980.  His military career began in January 1970 when he enlisted in the Virginia National Guard and was commissioned to the rank of Second Lieutenant in August 1972.  General Shuey rose through the ranks commanding first company, then battalion size units before returning home to Staunton to command America’s Stonewall Brigade from 1997-2000.  His last military assignment was at the Pentagon where he served until his retirement in July 2007.  General Shuey is currently in business with his son Tad and spends his spare time researching and writing history.  His first published book Ever Forward, is the Story of the Stonewall Brigade.

Thomas J. Knock is Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Clements Department of History at Southern Methodist University.  He teaches courses on the history of 20th Century America and U.S. Foreign Relations.  A native of Ohio, he received his undergraduate training at Miami University and his Ph.D. in History at Princeton University, where he worked with Arthur S. Link.  He has been awarded research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Philosophical Society, and he was a Fellow at the Charles Warren Center for Historical Studies at Harvard University.  Dr. Knock currently serves on the Editorial Board of Presidential Studies Quarterly.  He has been advisor and on-screen commentator for “Woodrow Wilson” in the PBS “American Experience” series, for the History Channel series on the Presidency,  “To the Best of My Ability”  and for the documentary feature,  Bright Shining Moment, George McGovern’s Forgotten Summer of 1972. 

The six new Trustees will be joining Dr. Richard L. M. Coleman, Brigadier General George P. A. Forschler, The Honorable Stephen H. Helvin, L. Gray Marion, Jr., and Richard Robbins Pancake who will be serving their second three year term on the Board.  Trustees Mary Margaret Link, Stephan W. Milo, J.D., Linda G. Perriello, Haskell Rhett, Ph.D., Edward R. Slaughter, Jr., Gordon M. Stewart, Ph.D., R. Reed Whitaker, and Kimberly F. Wood will continue to serve out their current terms which are due to expire June 30, 2015.  Trustees Mary Lynn Bayliss, Ph.D., Michael M. Dickens, M.D., Beverly S. Moran, Hampden H. Smith, III, Rita M. Smith, Dr. Allston J. Stubbs, III and Katherine Grayson Wilkins will continue to serve on the Board of Trustees until June 30, 2016. 


did you know?

Wilson was president throughout World War I. He sought a neutral position for the United States and even won reelection with the slogan “He kept us out of war.” Nonetheless, actions by the Central Powers (notably Germany) threatened this neutrality. Following years of attacks on American shipping and citizens on the high seas, particularly the sinking of the RMS Lusitania, public opinion began to turn. The final straw came with the release of the Zimmerman Telegram, forcing the United States to declare war on the Central Powers in April of 1917, joining the war on the side of the UK, Russia, and France.

Woodrow Wilson was President when the 19th amendment was ratified in 1920 giving women the right to vote.

Wilson piloted the ship that brought America onto the world stage. He made the first steps of leading us out of isolationism, violating Washington's tenet of avoiding foreign entanglements.

He led America during World War I. His fervent hope was for the US to join a League of Nations, the precursor to the United Nations.

A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "Life does not consist in thinking, it consists in acting."

A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "The Constitution was not made to fit us like a straitjacket. In its elasticity lies its chief greatness."

A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "I believe in democracy because it releases the energies of every human being."

The Seventeenth Amendment was formally adopted on May 31, 1913. Wilson had been president for almost three months at the time. The amendment provided for the direct election of senators. Prior to its adoption, Senators were chosen by state legislatures.

Wilson was the first president to receive a PhD which he got in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University. He had received his undergraduate degree from the College of New Jersey, renamed Princeton University in 1896.

Woodrow Wilson could not read during the first decade of his life. Though undiagnosed, he may have suffered from a learning disability

Woodrow Wilson was known as "Tommy" until his college years.

Woodrow Wilson during his boyhood, helped establish the "Lightfoot Baseball Club" with his friends. Wilson played second base and was an avid sport fan throughout his adult life.

Woodrow Wilson was the first president to attend the Major League Baseball Fall Classic. He saw the debut of a young 20 year old pitcher by the name of George Herman "Babe" Ruth.

Woodrow Wilson was a graduate of Princeton University and Johns Hopkins University and the only president to hold an earned doctoral degree.

Woodrow Wilson image is on the $100,000 bill although it is no longer in circulation