Josiah Bunting III
became president of
The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation June 1, 2004. For the
preceding eight years, he had served as superintendent of the Virginia
Military Institute, Lexington, Virginia.
is a graduate of VMI (1963) and later studied at the University of
Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and at Columbia where he was a John Burgess
Fellow. From 1966 until 1972 he served on active duty in the
Regular Army, attaining the rank of Major. He served with the
Ninth Infantry Division in Vietnam, and as an assistant professor of
history at West Point.
He served successively
as professor of history at the Naval War College, and as president of
Briarcliff College (1973-1977) and Hampden Sydney College
(1977-1987). Before taking his appointment at VMI, he was
headmaster of the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey.
His publications include four
novels, a biography of Ulysses Grant, and a life of George C. Marshall
to be published by Knopf this year. Mr. Bunting’s first novel,
The Lionheads, was selected as one of the “Ten Best Novels of 1973" by
Time Magazine; his novel about an ideal college – An Education for Our
Time – was a main selection of the Conservative Book Club in 1998.
Mr. Bunting is a member
of the UNESCO Commission and of the National Council of the National
Endowment for the Humanities in Washington. He also serves as chairman
of the National Civic Literacy Board at the Intercollegiate Studies
Institute. Since 2007 he has served, as well, as president of
ISI’s Lehrman American Studies Center.