Pike Center


People. Mentors. Scholars.

In our Scholar Development program, emerging scholars (known as Pike Scholars) are mentored by established scholars (the Fellows of the Pike Center) as they practice the craft of scholarship. We now invite you to get to know each of them a little better.


Pike Center Leadership

These are the people providing leadership in developing and operating the programs of Pike Center.


Gary Simons

Gary serves as Director of Pike Center. Pike Center has grown out of his efforts as Chief Research Officer of SIL International to develop programs that will spur scholarship as a means of building capacity for language development. Gary builds on four decades of experience as a contributing scholar which has included collaborating with the center's namesake, Kenneth L. Pike. He is also participating as a Pike Center Fellow.


Bill Hampton

Bill serves as Director of Resourcing for Pike Center. Building on nearly two decades of leadership with SIL, first as Director of field operations in mainland southeast Asia and then as Director of International Relations in Washington, DC, Bill now represents Pike Center in developing relationships with foundations and other funding partners.