What is the Wilson Center?

Endowed by Grinnell alumni Donald ’25 and Winifred Wilson ’27, the Wilson Center is the hub of innovation and leadership at Grinnell College. We sponsor curricular and co-curricular programming that:

  • Develops Knowledge: enhances a critical understanding of the key traits of leadership and innovation and how success in these areas is affected by social and historical contexts.
  • Encourages Practice: creates opportunities both on and off-campus for students to develop and practice skills critical to leadership and innovation.
  • Inspires Action: motivates students to embrace the challenges of innovation and leadership.
  • Promotes Reflection: assists students in recognizing their own aptitudes and interests for leadership and innovation.
  • Reveals Synergies: helps students to recognize the common traits between their liberal arts education and leadership and innovation.
  • Provides Mentorship and Modeling: introduces students to successful leaders and innovators, with particular attention to our own alumni.

We seek to engage students from different areas of study and diverse backgrounds for one common purpose: to inspire and prepare students as innovators and leaders.

Monty Roper

Monty Roper

Associate Professor of Anthropology
Director, Donald & Winifred Wilson Center for Innovation and Leadership

Robert Ludwig

Robert Ludwig

Program Coordinator

Audrey Boyle '21

Audrey Boyle ’21

Wilson Center Media Relations

Abby Frerick '21

Abby Frerick ’21

Wilson Center Event Liaison

Cameron Leung '22

Cameron Leung ’22

Wilson Center MakerLab Supervisor

Carter Markegard '21

Carter Markegard ’21 

Wilson Center MakerLab Supervisor

Carlton Segbefia '21

Carlton Segbefia ’21

MakerLab Technical Specialist Team Lead

MakerLab Team
MakerLab Team
From top left to bottom right: Leia Sohn ’23, Caio Carnauba ’22, Colin Finke ’24, Himanshu Bainwala ’22, Michael Chovanak ’22, Seif Emam ’22, Grace Couture ’24, Gyan Prayaga ’21, Bjorn Larson ’22, Laura Kiely ’24, Quang Nguyen ’22, Brian Goodell ’24


  • Ashley Adams, Associate Director of Student Involvement
  • Avery Barnett ’21, Physics Major
  • Diana Chege ’22, Undeclared
  • Michael Guenther, Associate Professor of History
  • Cameron Leung ’22, Undeclared
  • Robert Ludwig, Program Coordinator
  • Gyan Prayaga ’21, Physics Major
  • Fredo Rivera, Assistant Professor of Art History
  • Monty Roper, Associate Professor of Anthropology; Director - Wilson Center 
  • Susan Sanning, Associate Dean, Director of Service & Innovation
  • Jessica Stewart, Senior Associate Director of Alumni & Donor relations
  • Royce Wolf, Associate Professor of Mathematics & Statistics

Leadership Council

Terri Brady '79
Executive Director of Professional Development at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy

Andrés Chang ’05
Senior Cyber Risk Consultant with Deloitte & Touche LLP

Kathy Clemons-Beasley '95
Global Head of Leadership and Manager Development at BlackRock Fund

Christopher Hollins ’89
Managing Director, GM Cash Management, Chase Business Banking JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Sanjay Khanna ’85
Senior Strategic Advisor, SNG Partners

Sarah Labowitz ’04
Co-director, NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights

Diane Marty ’92
Founder and Principal, Faire Consulting LLC

Wesley Schrock '99
Senior Investment Officer, Latin America, at Kiva

Bruce Weindruch ’78
Founder and CEO, The History Factory

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