Joel Bowers, program director

Joel  is a graduate of Wofford College where he earned a BA in Government and a graduate of the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) where he earned a Master of Letters in Strategic Studies.  Joel is an entrepreneur and small business owner in South Carolina. At the Common Sense Society, Joel is the program director for the Carolina Summer Academy held in Bluffton, SC.

Marion Smith, president

Marion graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wofford College with a BA in Government & History. He has studied in England, France, The Netherlands, and, most recently, Hungary where he received an MA in International Relations from Central European University, writing his thesis on the compatibility of NATO and EU security cooperation. Marion’s articles have appeared in various publications, including the Washington Times, National Review, and Wall Street Journal Europe. He is currently Executive Director of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. He was a visiting fellow at the B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics at The Heritage Foundation. He was a 2010 Washington Fellow at the National Review Institute in Washington, D.C., and a 2011 Publius Fellow at the Claremont Institute in California.  As founding president of the Common Sense Society, Marion is responsible for the general management of CSS Budapest, CSS Washington, and CSS Carolina, in addition to anything else that needs doing.

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