Leadership and Staff


Director:  Raymond D. Barrett

Maj. Gen. Raymond D. Barrett, U.S. Army, Ret., is the Deputy Director of the Simons Center. He served as an Infantry officer with the U.S. Army for 32 years.

During his service he commanded an Infantry battalion in Saudi Arabia and Iraq during Desert Shield and Desert Storm, the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division in the Republic of Korea, and served as Chief of Staff of the 24th Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia. As a general officer he served as the Deputy Director for Operations, U.S. Pacific Command, the Assistant Division Commander, 2nd Infantry Division, again in the Republic of Korea, and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Training Center and Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

Prior to his retirement in 2004 he served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Training at the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command responsible for overseeing Army-wide training, leadership development and education as well as the accompanying doctrine, requirements and policy.

Prior to joining the Simons Center, Ray worked in private industry and as an independent consultant in the areas of strategic planning, leader development, training, operational design and business development.He holds a BBA from the University of Texas, MBA from the University of Dayton, and an MMAS from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.


Program Assistant:  Elizabeth Hill

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.