Brian S. Wills, Ph.D.
Brian Steel Wills is the Director of the Center for the Study of the Civil War Era and Professor of History at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, after a long tenure at the University of Virginia's College at Wise. He is the author of numerous works relating to the American Civil War, including a new volume - The River Was Dyed with Blood: Nathan Bedford Forrest and Fort Pillow. His other titles include:
In 2000, Dr. Wills received the Outstanding Faculty Award from the state of Virginia, one of eleven recipients from all faculty members at public and private institutions across the state. He was named Kenneth Asbury Professor of History and won both the Teaching award and the Research and Publication award from UVA-Wise.
Laura McRaney, M.A.
Laura McRaney is the office administrator for the Civil War Center. She is originally from Atlanta and holds degrees from Mercer University and Shorter College. Laura has thirteen years of experience in higher education, serving recently in international education and study abroad, as well as previous administrative roles working with nonprofit organizations and community partners in the Atlanta area.