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

Alex Sorosa

Alex Sorosa ’20

Wilson Center  Media Relations

Sage Kaplan-Goland

Sage Kaplan-Goland ’20

Wilson Center Event Liason

Wilson Center group photo


  • William Ferguson, Professor of Economics
  • John Garrison, Associate Professor of English
  • Yash Gupta ’20, Computer Science
  • Doug Hess ’91, Assistant Professor of Political Science
  • Kaitie Hess ’19, Anthropology major
  • Jennifer Jacobsen, Assistant Dean of Students, Director of Wellness & Prevention
  • Emily Jordan ’19, Religious Studies
  • Sage Kaplan-Goland ’20, Physics major
  • Robert Ludwig, Program Coordinator
  • Judy Oh ’20, Undeclared
  • Yi Qin ’21, Economics
  • Samuel A. Rebelsky, Professor of Computer Science
  • Ashley Schaefer, Associate Director of Alumni & Donor Relations Campus Partnerships
  • Susan Sanning, Assistant Dean, Director of Service & Social Innovation
  • Alex Sorosa ’20, Political Science
  • Leina’ala Voss ’18, Sociology major

Leadership Council

Kate Anderson ’02
Assistant Professor of Economics and Entrepreneurship at the Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University

Shenda Baker ’85
President and COO, Synedgen

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

Dan Finkelman ’77
Independent consultant/investor

Doug Hess ’91
Assistant Professor

Christopher Hollins ’89
Senior Vice President, Global Client Group

Michelle Joy ’96
Carson Tahoe

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

Bruce Weindruch ’78
Founder and CEO, The History Factory

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