Josiah Bunting III
Chairman, Friends of the National World War II Memorial
Josiah Bunting III has served, since 2015, as the Chairman of the Friends of the National World War II Memorial, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring and preserving the national memory of World War II and working to create the next “Greatest Generation” of tomorrow.
In 2016, Mr. Bunting completed a 12-year tenure as President of The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation in New York City.
Before taking up his duties at the Guggenheim Foundation, he served as Superintendent of his alma mater, the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in Lexington, Virginia from 1995 until 2003, during which time he was responsible for overseeing preparations for and the enrollment of VMI’s first female cadets. At VMI, he also served as Professor of Humanities.
After his graduation from VMI, and commissioning in the Regular Army, Mr. Bunting studied at the University of Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar, taking a degree in Modern History, subsequently serving in the Ninth Infantry Division in Vietnam and as an assistant professor, in history, at West Point and, completing his military service in 1972, was appointed as professor of Strategy at the Naval War College.
Before returning to VMI he served as President of Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia and as Headmaster of the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey.
Mr. Bunting is the author of several books, including The Lionheads, which was selected one of the Ten Best Novels of 1973 by Time magazine, and a biography written for Arthur Schlesinger’s presidential series on Ulysses S. Grant. He is currently completing a biography of George C. Marshall, Army Chief of Staff during WWII, Secretary of State (1947-1949), and Secretary of Defense (1950-1951).
In 2012, he taught a course in “Leadership in Wartime Democracies” at Princeton University.
In 2013, he was elected Chairman of The English-Speaking Union of the United States.
Mr. Bunting has served on the boards of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Revolution Center, and is currently a trustee of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute in Wilmington, Delaware.
He is married to the former Diana Margaret Cunningham.
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