Archive for June, 2014

Flag in Summerall Chapel a memorial accepted by Gen. Summerall

June 4, 2014


Confederate Naval Jack that hangs in the rear of Summerall Chapel is a memorial that falls under the state’s Heritage Act according to a legal review conducted by The Citadel. The issue was mentioned by a Charleston County Council member who contacted The Citadel regarding the flag, asking that it be removed or that the school lose his support for $975,000 in Accommodations Tax funding due to be voted on June 3.

The flag, which was presented to Citadel President General Charles P. Summerall by the Cadet Yacht Club in 1939, was accepted by the longtime president as “a tribute to the courage and valor shown by American manhood in fighting for a cause.” Summerall Chapel was only a year old when the club presented the flag. The Naval Jack was one of many flags from states, territories and other organizations that were given for the chapel after General Summerall wrote all the governors asking them to donate a state flag for display in the new chapel. In his letter, the president described Summerall Chapel as a “shrine, not only of religion but of patriotism.”

The opinion that the flag is a memorial is based on Summerall’s remarks in that letter and reported in the April 1939 Bull Dog, the cadet newspaper at the time. The decision states that to leave the flag in the chapel is a matter of following state law.

The state’s Heritage Act was passed by the South Carolina Legislature in 2000 to protect established monuments and memorials located on public property that represent American wars or events of Native American and African-American significance. The legislation was part of a compromise reached to win support for removing the Confederate flag from the South Carolina State House and relocating it a monument on state house grounds.

The Naval Jack is one of 57 flags hanging along the interior walls of Summerall Chapel.

The cadet newspaper reported that when the chapel was first used, acoustical problems surfaced. Some civil engineering students recommended that the president write each governor to request a flag which would not only enhance the chapel but would also help with the sound. Flags have been present in Summerall Chapel since that time.

A representative from The Citadel will attend the meeting of the Charleston County Council on June 3 to listen to concerns about the flag and to present information on behalf of the college.


The Citadel to begin search for new director of athletics

June 4, 2014

Larry Leckonby to join CatawbaCollege

CHARLESTON, S.C.− The Citadel will be seeking a replacement for Director of Athletics Larry Leckonby who has resigned to become director of athletics at Catawba College, in Salisbury, N.C. Leckonby will begin work at Catawba on June 23.

Lt. Gen. John Rosa, president of The Citadel, praised Leckonby for his management of Citadel athletics during a period of growth and change. “Larry has done an excellent job as our athletic director and has put our athletic programs on solid financial footing over the past six years,” Rosa said. “He has been an integral part of our senior team and I am grateful for his leadership of this very important segment of Citadel life.”

“We wish Cris and Larry the best of luck at Catawba College.”

Leckonby was named director of athletics at The Citadel in July of 2008 after serving as Executive Senior Associate Director of Athletics at the University of Maryland. While at The Citadel, Leckonby had responsibility for a staff of more than 90 people and earlier this year, oversaw the hiring of the Bulldogs’ head football coach Mike Houston.

The president will name a search committee to find Leckonby’s successor.

The mission of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at The Citadel is to develop, maintain, and continue to improve a well-rounded program of athletics geared to the aims and objectives of The Citadel, the Southern Conference, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. In order to carry out this mission, all athletics personnel must be familiar with the athletics policy as approved by the Board of Visitors and the President of The Citadel. More information can be found here.