Leadership and Staff


Col. (Ret.) Roderick M. Cox

Program Director:

Col. Roderick M. Cox, U.S. Army (Ret.)

Rod has served as the program director of the Foundation’s Simons Center since March 2016.  He assumed duties as the President & CEO of the CGSC Foundation, the Simons Center’s parent organization, on Dec. 14, 2018. Rod served in the Army for more than 32 years as an artilleryman, foreign area officer, professor and historian, retiring in August 2013. After his Army career he served as a district director for the U.S. Small Business Administration and also served on the Greater Kansas City Federal Executive Board fostering interagency cooperation and focusing on veterans in government service issues. (Full bio)

Elizabeth Hill

Program Assistant and Managing Editor:

Elizabeth Ditsch

Elizabeth is responsible for the daily operations of Simons Center office and assists in the coordination of Simons Center events. She is also the managing editor of the Simons Center’s publications, maintains the Simons Center’s website and assists in coordinating undergraduate and graduate level internships.