John Dodd has been President of The Jesse Helms Center since April of 1994. In that time, the Helms Center has developed an internationally acclaimed lecture series as well as many other innovative educational programs for students and teachers. Under Mr. Dodd's direction, the 23,000 square foot A.J. Fletcher Building, which houses a conference center, archives and the offices of the Helms Center, was dedicated by Lady Margaret Thatcher in April 2001.
Mr. Dodd is a 1975 graduate of the College of William and Mary and has a Master of Arts in Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining the Helms Center he was President of J & T Dodd of Fairfax, Virginia, a consulting firm to political candidates and not-for-profit organizations. Mr. Dodd has been recognized in the Marquis Who's Who in America 2000 and 2002. He and his wife Teresa have two daughters Katie and Mary.
Mr. Dodd has also been active as a men's lacrosse coach, ending a 25 year coaching career when he stepped down as Head Lacrosse Coach at Wingate University following the 2003 season. Coach Dodd founded the Wingate team in 1996 and in a few short years developed a NCAA Division II top ten squad that advanced to the 2001 NCAA Final Four. For his team's performance in 2001, Coach Dodd was named the Deep South Conference Coach-of-the-Year and Co-Head Coach of the North-South All-Star Game.
Mr. Dodd is Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum of the Lee Institute and serves on the Board of Directors of Turning Point, a domestic violence shelter located in Monroe, North Carolina.
Mr. Dodd co-authored And The World Came His Way – Jesse Helms Contributions To Freedom and has appeared on the numerous television and radio programs in the United States and abroad.
Jesse Helms' speech 8 years ago marked an agreement between the United States Congress and the Secretary General of the United Nations to get serious about fiscal restraint and accountability in its operations.