Meet the Board of Trustees

Craig P. Shirley

Craig P. Shirley

President & CEO

Contact Details

BA, History & Political Science, Springfield College, Springfield, MA 1978

Shirley & Banister Public Affairs

Lancaster, VA

Mr. Shirley and his wife, Zorine, reside at “Trickle Down Point” on the Rappahannock River in Lancaster, Virginia, as well as at Ben Lomond, a historic Georgian-style home in Tappahannock, Virginia. They are parents of four children, Matthew, Andrew, Taylor, and Mitchell. His interests include writing, sailing, waterskiing, sport shooting, renovating buildings, and scuba diving. He is also a member of the Reagan Alumni Association, Friends of Friendship Fire House, the Lyn Nofziger Society, Philadelphia Society, the Fusionist Society and a former board member of the American Conservative Union. Mr. Shirley was a decorated contract agent for the Central Intelligence Agency.

Community Involvement:

  • Interests in public policy and local government
  • Founded the Ft. Hunt Youth Lacrosse program, where thousands of boys and girls have learned and enjoyed the game. He coached there for 14 years.

Professional Activities:

  • A New York Times bestselling author of books and histories of President Reagan, World War II, Newt Gingrich, Mary Ball Washington
  • Lecturer, commentator
  • Chairman of Shirley & Banister Public Affairs, one of the leading public-relations firms in the nation

Uniquely Eureka Experience

My #UniquelyEureka experience was as a Visiting Reagan Scholar at Eureka College. I’ve spent a lifetime in conservative politics and campaigns.I directed independent campaigns in 1980 and 1984 supporting Reagan and am now the author of four books on his campaigns as well as innumerable articles, I remain deeply interested in the community and education of the 40th President.