The English-Speaking Union of the United States: Education. Scholarship. Understanding.

About Us

Chairman's Message

"I'm humbled and honored to join with our volunteers in the service of a legacy and a mission as vital in 2013 as it was at the founding of The English Speaking Union almost a century ago. The aim then was to strengthen and celebrate the bonds of common cultural and linguistic heritage, bonds tested in the stern arbitrament of war. Almost a century later we strive to make that heritage, in its riches of culture, literature, language, and the arts, a heritage to be shared with all others, towards a common understanding of the aspirations of all nations and peoples."

Josiah Bunting III
Chair, The English-Speaking Union of the United States

Following graduation from the Virginia Military Institute, Mr. Bunting studied Modern British History at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He served in the US Army in the 82nd Airborne Division, in Vietnam and at the Military Academy at West Point, where he taught British History. His teaching posts and professorships also include the Naval War College, Princeton University and VMI. He has served as Head Master at the Lawrenceville School, President of Briarcliff and Hampden-Sydney Colleges and Superintendent of his alma mater, VMI, where he oversaw its transition to a co-ed institution. Mr. Bunting has also served as a director of the National Endowment for the Humanities, from 2004 to 2009; as President of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute's National Civic Literacy Board; and as President of the Lerhman American Studies Center.  He established the Wye Faculty Seminars that assist professors to relate their teaching to broad issues of citizenship in the American polity and beyond. Since 1986 he has been a Director of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation and has served as its President since 2004.  Mr. Bunting has authored several novels including The Lionheads, cited by TIME as one of the best novels of the year, and a biography of Ulysses S. Grant.  He is currently completing a biography of George Marshall for Knopf. He was principal curator for the "Grant and Lee in the Civil War" exhibit at the New-York Historical Society and lectures and publishes articles on leadership for them periodically.