We explore the larger issues of our day
of beauty, truth, justice and duty
We promote thoughtful discussion
mutual respect and the joy of discovery
We invite the intellectually curious student
to think well about the meaning of life

Staff and Board of Directors


Jarrett Knight is the executive director for Cogito at Hampden-Sydney College. Jarrett received his Ph.D. in religion from Emory University, where he wrote his dissertation on parables in the Gospel of Mark. Before coming to Emory, Jarrett earned an M.T.S. in Bible at the University of Notre Dame and a B.A. in religious studies and philosophy from the College of William and Mary. He also completed the Raleigh Fellows Program at Church of the Apostles and worked at Trinity Academy of Raleigh in 2011. In his free time, Jarrett enjoys reading, writing, and playing board games.

Board of Directors

Adam Blincoe
B.A., Wake Forest University, 2007
M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary, 2010
M.A., University of Kentucky, 2012
Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2017

W. Scott Cox
B.A., Hampden-Sydney College, 1977
Retired, Altria

Tom Ebel
B.A., Hampden-Sydney College, 1976
J.D., University of Richmond, 1979
Attorney at Sands Anderson

Greg Justice
B.A., Hampden-Sydney College, 2003
Founder of Upstream Studios

Coite Manuel
B.S., Hampden-Sydney College, 1999
M.S., Georgia Institute of Technology, 2000
CEO at Crosscut

Rev. Eduardo Soto
B.A., Hampden-Sydney College, 2011
M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary, 2014
Pastor at Altavista Presbyterian Church

Andy Surface
B.S., Hampden-Sydney College, 2009
Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis, 2013
Research Group Leader at P.P.G.

Richard Burke
B.A., Fairfield University, 2017
M.A., University of Virginia, 2019
Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2022
Associate Professor of GVFA at H-SC