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A letter from the BOV Chairman

January 27, 2016
Lt. Gen. John Sams, Chairman of the Citadel Board of Visitors

Lt. Gen. John Sams, Chairman of the Citadel Board of Visitors

The Standard That is The Citadel

As Chair of The Citadel Board of Visitors and a member of the Class of 1967, I would like to share factual data illustrating the college’s efforts to provide excellence in higher education. Lt General John Rosa, his staff and faculty consistently strive to improve every aspect of The Citadel, and a few accomplishments are particularly noteworthy:

•For the past five consecutive years The Citadel has been rated by US News and World Report as the #1 Public Regional University in the Southeast offering at least a masters degree;
•In 2014 (the last 10-year accreditation cycle), The Citadel completed reaccreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges with no recommendations for improvements or action required. For the significance of this please contact any college President;
•The ROTC Program was rated as #1 in the nation by The Washington Monthly in 2014.
•In 8 of the last 10 years The Citadel has the highest four-year college graduation rate in the state of South Carolina;
•In 2015 The Citadel received the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Award as one of the most civic-minded colleges in the nation. Only about 2% of schools have earned this distinction;
•Rated in 2014 as the 4th fittest college in the country by The Active Times, and perhaps most importantly;
•The cadet (student)-to-faculty ratio at The Citadel is 13-1.

Mandatory leadership and ethics studies in a military culture provide real-life leadership opportunities. We have active partnerships with 36 community organizations in the Lowcountry, including students in Title I schools where test scores are critically low and poverty is high. When a local high school found its football field unplayable, The Citadel stepped forward and offered our stadium as the host field for their home football games. Lt Gen Rosa, his staff, and faculty have made these achievements and involvements possible, and have an on-going Strategic Plan to ensure constant improvement. All of this is in an environment where state support to higher education has been reduced from over 40% of operating budgets, to less the 8%. Most would say The Citadel understands discipline. Rest assured where disciplinary actions are required, Gen Rosa and his staff will take the appropriate actions.

John B. Sams, Jr., Lt Gen, USAF (ret)
Chairman, Citadel Board of Visitors


Citadel AD on ‘white hoods’ photo: ‘We’ll address it head on’

January 19, 2016
Citadel AD Jim Senter

Citadel AD Jim Senter

Jeff Hartsell
Jan 16 2016 6:37 pm

(Blog editor note: This interview was edited for length by the Post and Courier)

Citadel athletic director Jim Senter spoke to a group of football recruits and their parents who were visiting the military school’s campus on Saturday morning. Yes, the subject of the “white hoods” photos came up. “I addressed it head on,” Senter said Saturday. “And that’s what we have to do.”

Those photos — pictures of Citadel cadets wearing pillowcases over their heads while singing Christmas carols — garnered national publicity when they emerged on social media last month. Many believed the cadets resembled members of the Ku Klux Klan, and school president Lt. Gen. John Rosa suspended the cadets involved. A school investigation is ongoing.

The incident impacted the athletics department last week when basketball signee Mohammed Kabir asked to be released from his letter of intent with The Citadel. The native of Nigeria cited that incident as his reason. In an interview Saturday, Senter discussed the potential impact of the incident on his department. He said no other recruits in any sports have asked to be released, and that the school is reviewing Kabir’s request.

Q: How concerned are you about the impact this might be having on Citadel athletics?
A: “I’m not concerned about it. I think it gives us a chance to have a dialogue about issues that are dear to us, like honor, duty and respect. When something like this picture shows up, does it concern people? Absolutely. But we are going to address and take it head on.
“My concern is that it’s is easy to take anything out of context. Certainly it looks bad, but it’s not what we stand for.”

Q: What is your message to parents who are concerned about this incident and sending their children to The Citadel?
A: “I think that’s a fair question. I think I would try to help them understand that it was one tiny incident out of 365 days, by a handful of young people out of a large group of people. Certainly if you just take the image and the picture, it’s concerning. That is why the college took immediate action with those cadets. But that’s not who we are as a college, and it’s not what we stand for.”

Q: This happened right in the middle the buildup to signing day for football. How do you think it’s impacted recruiting?
A: “I don’t think it’s going to keep young men from looking at our program. Right now, our football program is hot when you look at the trajectory of our program. Two years ago, (coach) Mike Houston went out recruiting and had to tell people, ‘You can win at The Citadel, you’ve got to trust me, because I did it at another school.’ Now, he can go out and say, ‘We win here, we win championships, we’re going to compete for and win championships at The Citadel.’ That’s an attraction to young people. “I think the type of young people we recruit, the type of character and values they have, they won’t be scared off. They’ll see this place for what it is. “But it does give you one more thing you have to talk about, one more thing you have to overcome.”

Q: Would it help the athletic department to have the school’s report out as soon as possible?
A: “It would, but I know the college is trying to expedite this as quickly as possible. It’s obviously one of the bigger things that’s happened here lately, and it does carry some negative connotation. But until the college comes out and says, ‘Here’s what we found out,’ we won’t have it in its proper context.”
Interview edited for brevity.

Who We, The Citadel & VMI, Are

November 10, 2015


By: Michael Patrick Westlund ’82 On a Citadel FB site.

I attended homecoming at my alma mater, The Citadel, today and we were victorious over our rivals, VMI. It was a hard fought game and much closer than the scoreboard reflected with the Citadel winning 35 to 14

Ok, so now you expect me to gloat and say all those sports clichés about whipping your rival. I won’t because of what occurred at the conclusion of the game. The two teams met and shook hands and hugged each other knowing for some this was the last time they would play at Johnson Hagood Stadium and also against their rivals from VMI. It was a time for joy at being 6 and 0 for the first time ever in the history of the school for the football team under second year coach, Mike Houston. The Corps of Cadets and the Alumni, myself included, were joyous over a great win and the last play being an intercepted pass from the VMI quarterback and run back for a touchdown with just 5 seconds on the clock. However, it was also a moment of reflection thinking of classmates gone too soon, brother and sister alumni in danger overseas serving in the armed forces and your days as a cadet so many years ago. It doesn’t get much better than that but it does, but as Paul Harvey used to say and now for the rest of the story.

The two teams joined together at midfield and the Silver Shako was exchanged by the President of VMI who gave it to President, Lt. General Rosa, Coach Houston, The Bulldogs Team Captain, and the Cadet Regimental Commander. It was a true display of class and sportsmanship at its finest. But it gets better, the two teams and the audience, were treated to the alma mater of VMI first and then the alma mater of The Citadel played by the respective school bands. As I stood next to my old classmate Cox, whom I have not seen since graduation in 1982, and we along with the other Alumni and the Corps of Cadets began “Oh Citadel, we sing thy fame” I began to mist up and realize how special and blessed I was to be part of that family, The Long Grey Line. The chorus of the assembled voices was awe inspiring and something special not seen often enough in our troubled country.

Today showed me that future is secure as long as these two fine institutions, VMI and The Citadel, continue to produce men and women forged in their foundry of leadership through shared sacrifice, dedication to country and god and whose lives serve as an example for others to follow. I love all of you my Citadel Brothers and Sisters and thank you for letting me be a member of your family.

Fallen Citadel graduate honored in classroom dedication

September 8, 2015


CHARLESTON, S.C. – The legacy of U.S. Army Capt. Dan Eggers lives on at his alma mater after family, friends and alumni gathered to dedicate a classroom in his honor. Eggers, a member of the Class of 1997, was killed in action in Afghanistan on May 29, 2004, when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device while returning to his Kabul base. He was a Green Beret detachment commander assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Senior Army officials made sure that he would be remembered by naming the Kabul compound Camp Eggers in honor of his duty and sacrifice. Camp Eggers served as a pivotal base throughout its time in use from 2004-14 in the global war on terrorism and Operation Enduring Freedom with hundreds of Citadel graduates passing through the base.

“This is the tie between Camp Eggers and The Citadel. The plaque had to be brought home,” said Lt. Col. Rebecca Eggers, his widow. Now that the compound has closed, the plaque commemorating Eggers has been given to The Citadel. The ceremony held on Sept. 5 unveiled a new plaque, presented to the Eggers family, dedicating the senior Army ROTC classroom in the name of Eggers’ sacrifices. All senior Army ROTC cadets will pass through this room before commissioning in the footsteps of the late Eggers.

Attending the ceremony were Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. and Mrs. Rosa, Senior Military Science Professor Col. Mark D. Raschke, Lt. Col. Rebecca Eggers, as well as members of the Eggers family and the Class of 1997.

This article was written by Cadet Brianna Young, 2015-16 Regimental Public Affairs Officer.

Col. Tew’s long lost sword to be returned to The Citadel

September 3, 2015

Col. Charles Courtenay Tew

Col. Charles Courtenay Tew

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Charles Courtenay Tew was among the first 26 cadets to report to what was originally called the Citadel Academy in 1843. He became the academy’s first honor graduate in 1846, the first president of the academy’s alumni association in 1852, and the first Citadel alumnus to be declared missing in action.

Tew’s sword, which was given to him by his fellow cadets and was engraved, was taken from him when he was mortally wounded at the Battle of Antietam near Sharpsburg, Maryland, on Sept. 17, 1862. It was one of the first battles of the American Civil War to be fought in the North. A Union soldier was said to have taken the sword, but its location was unknown for a century and a half.

Col. Tew's Sword

Col. Tew’s Sword

In early 2015, the college was contacted by the 33 Signals Regiment Foundation of Ottawa, Canada, and was informed that the sword had been identified. The Canadian regiment wanted to return it to The Citadel. As a result, members of the group will travel from Ottawa to Antietam National Battlefield Park in Maryland for a commemorative event, and then on to Charleston and The Citadel for a reception and sword presentation. Details are as follows:

• 1 – 1:45 p.m., Wed., September 16, Antietam National Battlefield, Maryland – Col. Charles C. Tew Sword Ceremony.
• 6:30 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 17, Daniel Library, The Citadel – Reception with the Tew Sword on display, and reciting of the story of the sword.
• 3:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 18, Summerall Field, The Citadel – The official transfer of the sword to be held just prior to the college’s traditional Friday dress parade.

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Charleston has shown the world what a true community looks like

July 1, 2015


Jun 28 2015
Brian Hicks Columnist

Our hearts have been broken, but our spirit hasn’t. The senseless killing of nine people at Emanuel AME Church was meant to start a race war, to divide us. It was an appeal to our worst demons.

But we responded with our better angels.

We held hands across the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, stood together in Marion Square, cried and sang as one at the College of Charleston, and covered the sidewalk in front of Mother Emanuel with flowers.

Because Charleston is strong.

That is not simply a schmaltzy saying — a bumper sticker, a hashtag. It is a philosophy. This past week has shown just what this community is made of. We have always known our city is a special place, a historic place. But we have shown the world that this is — above all else — a great place.

We are always going to have our differences, some of them petty, others profound. But we have proven that — black and white, Republican and Democrat — ultimately we are all on the same side. We are Charlestonians, and South Carolinians.

We still have a lot of work to do, wounds to heal, unfinished fights to resolve. But we have not let the deaths of nine good souls pass in vain. They would have wanted it that way; they were good people.

They were Charlestonians. Interlopers, be gone

People can call such sentiment hokey or trite, but it’s real. The proof has come in recent days. Since the tragedy we have had people coming into town to stir things up, tell us how to think, advise us about what we need to do. Some of it has been violent, meant to provoke the race war that a disturbed, misguided psychopath wanted.

We don’t need any advice, especially like that. We watched as the families of the nine victims forgave their killer — an act that took more courage, more character than most people can even understand.

So these people from off should know better. There were not riots when Walter Scott was shot in April, as much as they tried to make that happen. We don’t firebomb cars, burn flags or loot buildings. Please stop coming here to try and incite such senselessness. This mannerly Southern city would thank you to just leave us to mourn and heal in peace.

All these people — be they from cities torn by racial strife or “churches” that are doing anything but God’s bidding — should turn around and go home. Or, better yet, stay for a while, keep your mouths shut, and learn how a truly united community responds to horror and hate.

This is a place where Charleston Southern University sets up a memorial fund to help a student — whose mother was one of the nine — finish his education.

This is a place where city government creates a trust to pay for the funerals of the victims and help their survivors cope with bottomless sorrow.

This is a place where black community leaders tell outside protesters to keep their hate out of the city.

This is a place where The Citadel’s Board of Visitors votes to remove the Confederate Naval Jack from Summerall Chapel. That flag was a gift, a reminder of the school’s proud history, but as school President John Rosa so eloquently said, moving it was the least The Citadel could do for its sister organization, Mother Emanuel. That’s leadership and a commitment to community.

If more places were like Charleston, the world would be much better off.

Lessons from Emanuel

Charleston is going to be just fine, thank you. We will forever mourn our loss, but we won’t let that mar a great place. We may squabble, we may need to work on race relations. But we don’t need to destroy things, knock down monuments or change street names. We only need to show what people of goodwill can do when they try.

We support one another, and will do so even more in the future. We learned long ago that the first step to having someone respect your history is to respect theirs. That was already happening here before Emanuel, to a much larger degree than anyone from outside this state understood.

Here’s an example of Charleston strength: the acceptance and kindness that this killer received from the good people of Mother Emanuel almost convinced him to abandon his evil plan. Hate won that battle, but that’s the only victory it gets here.

This is part of all our history now, and the way we deal with it will not only help us survive, it will make us stronger. That is the lesson people around the world need to take from Charleston, a lesson we learned from the victims of a mass murderer.

More than a week ago, our hearts were broken. In the wake of great tragedy, we did not resort to hate and violence. No, instead, Charleston came together and, sentimental as it may be, sang “We Shall Overcome.”

But the truth is, we already have.

Lt. Gen. Rosa Re-ups!

June 30, 2015


30 Jun 2015

Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa to lead The Citadel through 2018

CHARLESTON, S.C.− The president of The Citadel, Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa, will continue to lead the Military College of South Carolina for three more years. The college’s Board of Visitors announced the new contract agreement today. The agreement extends the commitment of the college’s 19th president until June 30, 2018, at which point Rosa will retire.

“The Citadel continues to thrive under the leadership of Lt. General Rosa, a respected retired United States Air Force general, who came to lead the college in 2006,” said Lt. Gen. Michael Steele, chair of The Citadel Board of Visitors. “John and Donna Rosa are strong, tireless leaders for our cadets, students, alumni, faculty and staff. General Rosa represents everything The Citadel and our alumni aspire to be.”

Rosa, a member of The Citadel Class of 1973, said his decision to remain in place is centered on moving the college toward the completion of its long-range strategic plan, the LEAD Plan 2018. Rosa initiated it in 2012 after months of research and planning sessions involving many individuals in the campus community. “We are making great strides toward accomplishing the goals we set in 2011 to position the college for future success,” Rosa said. “The strategic plan is the foundation of our mission of building principled leaders for all walks of life. I want to ensure a successful completion of this important process.”

One of the greatest achievements of Rosa’s administration is the implementation of a four-year leader development model that is required of every cadet. The program takes cadets through the stages of following, serving, leading and commanding in a framework that emphasizes the core values of honor, duty and respect. Additionally, the president has used his experience in strategic planning and fundraising to improve the financial health of the college.

During the past four years, U.S. News & World Report has ranked The Citadel as the top public college in the South among colleges offering master’s degrees.

Rosa became president of The Citadel in January 2006. The extension to his contract means that with a 12-year tenure, he would be the longest serving president of the college since Gen. Mark W. Clark, who served as 11th president from 1954 till 1965.

The contract amendment increases the president’s base compensation to $385,000, which includes a state salary of $178,600 plus a supplement of $206,400 from The Citadel Foundation. The amendment does allow the president to receive an annual bonus for continued support and implementation of objectives in the LEAD Plan 2018. No state funds or tuition would be used for bonuses.

Changes at The Citadel

June 24, 2015

This has been a difficult week for our community and state. The Citadel has directly felt the impact of the tragedy at Emanuel AME Church as one of the victims was a Citadel Graduate College alumnus and six of our employees lost family members. The Emanuel AME Church is our neighbor and we consider it a part of our extended Citadel family. We will continue to support the church and its members in their time of need.

Today, The Citadel Board of Visitors voted 9-3 in favor of moving the Confederate Naval Jack from Summerall Chapel to an appropriate location on campus. The move will require an amendment to the Heritage Act by the South Carolina legislature. The board’s motion authorizes the Chair of the Board of Visitors and the administration of the college to work with the legislature on the amendment. The Board of Visitors and I believe now is the right time to move the flag from a place of worship to an appropriate location. We pride ourselves on our core values of honor, duty and respect. Moving the Naval Jack to another location is consistent with these values and is a model to all of the principled leadership we seek to instill in our cadets and students. It also promotes unity on our campus, in our community and across our state during this time of healing.

John W. Rosa, Lt Gen (USAF, ret)
Citadel President

The Citadel responds to recent hazing allegations with ‘zero tolerance’

June 8, 2015

By Shannon Scovel, USA Today
June 5, 2015 5:55 pm

Inside the gates of The Citadel, a military college in South Carolina, sits a large, car-sized golden ring, a fixture that represents the honor and tradition rooted in the institution. Just beyond that ring lies the campus where 85 allegations of misconduct emerged in February.The Commandant of Cadets at The Citadel, an institution that has previously made headlines for hazing complaints and lawsuits, issued the first all-encompassing order in school history for cadets to report cases of misconduct within 24 hours. Captain Eugene “Geno” Paluso, who serves as the Commandant of Cadets and holds the responsibility of commanding and overseeing the Corps, summoned all freshman cadets to a meeting in February. He announced an order to report instances of misconduct after hearing rumors of a hazing incident.Nineteen of the 85 reported misconduct cases have been confirmed as hazing, and nine students have voluntarily left the school.

Captain Paluso (L), and Lt. Gen. John Rosa (R) (Photo courtesy: The Citadel)

Captain Paluso (L), and Lt. Gen. John Rosa (R) (Photo courtesy: The Citadel)

Captain Paluso came to The Citadel in 2014 after retiring from a 25-year career in the Navy. Paluso also wears a Citadel ring as a member of the 1989 graduating class and has received numerous service medals for his military service.

Recent graduate 2nd Lt. Christian Mason says that the Commandant’s actions to curb hazing surprised him at first, but he believes the investigation will produce positive outcomes for the school. “At first, I was like, ‘This is kind of messed up, this isn’t the school I went to,’” Mason says. “But then I guess it’s the difference between being an adult and being a kid. You can see the bigger picture, and in the long run…mentorship is better than intimidation.”

In the upcoming year, the school will fully integrate a new program under the Office of the Commandant called the Officer and Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) Academy where cadets will undergo new leadership and ethics training in addition to leadership classes already included in a cadet’s Citadel education. The Citadel also launched a new program in 2014 called “Ethics in Action: Since 1842” to enhance leadership training. This new initiative began with the Class of 2018, and the leadership courses will be integrated in the curriculum.

“As we start looking, a deeper look at hazing and what leads to some of these cases and such, in many cases, you could argue there isn’t enough training,” Lt. Col. Brett Ashworth, vice president for communications and marketing at The Citadel, says. “So what we want to do is make sure that a young man or woman doesn’t think that physical fitness is the only tool in their tool kit when it comes to disciplining another cadet.”

These new programs will continue to enforce the school’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy towards hazing, Ashworth says.“There are at least six different times throughout a typical academic year that cadets are reminded of the rules and regulations regarding hazing,” Ashworth says. “Those start all the way at the highest level with the president and then the Commandant as well, and then at the lower level — at the company level in the barracks — they get training as well. So it’s a continuous process, it’s not something that we due once and never refer to again.” Ashworth says The Citadel has always prohibited hazing, but the Commandant’s order to the freshman was unprecedented.

The Citadel defines hazing as:
A wrongful striking, an unauthorized laying hand upon, threatening with violence, or offering to do bodily harm by any student to another student, or any other unauthorized treatment by one student toward another student of a tyrannical, abusive, shameful, insulting, or humiliating nature; or otherwise requiring any student to perform any personal service for another student except as specifically provided for in Cadet Regulations.”

The school has faced numerous hazing lawsuits throughout its history. In 2011, a cadet filed a breach of contract and assault and battery case against the institution, and the school investigated the case, ultimately punishing six cadets with demerits and tours. Three of the six cadets in the case were moved to a different battalion within the school.

Cadets run the Corps at The Citadel. Mason says that this traditional remains important at the school. “Let the Corps run the Corps,” Mason says. “We don’t like it when [administrators] step in and try to run the Corps for us, but at the same time, we don’t always do the things necessary to run the Corps the way it should be.”

Ed Pendarvis, a 1965 Citadel graduate and member of The Citadel School of Business Administration Advisory Board, says many of the hazing incidents occur because young cadets fail to rein in their new authority after freshman year. “Every now and then, someone will cross the line, and you’re dealing with 17, 18, 19, 20-year-old people, and you’re turning the discipline over to them as they move up from freshman to sophomore to junior to senior,” Pendarvis says. “Some people can handle that responsibility and good leadership traits and qualities bubble to the top, and others are too exuberant and just have the authority that ‘you have to do it this way,’ even to the point that, ‘I’ll abuse you to make you do it right.’”

Pendarvis acknowledges these hazing incidents bring negative attention to the school, but he believes the administration has handled the issues appropriately. “I’m proud of The Citadel. If there’s a problem, we root it out and correct it, and take responsibility for it,” Pendarvis says. “If we make a mistake, it is our mistake and we need to own up to it and correct it and not do that again if we can. And I think that’s what happened with this thing with hazing.”

Despite the stories of hazing at The Citadel, the number of applicants applying for a spot at the school has increased, according to Ashworth. “We have a wait list, which in higher education obviously is exciting and tells you that people want to be a part of that values based education,” Ashworth says. “It resonates with not just young people, but with their parents, and people who support them.”

Fifty years after Pendarvis collected his ring as a senior at The Citadel, Mason proudly earned the same distinction. Mason says the traditions of honor, respect and duty will last him a lifetime, but hazing is not synonymous with that tradition. “If you’re found, you’re going to get kicked out or in serious trouble, and I mean, kids do it anyways,” Mason says. “Again, that might just be the misconstrued belief that tradition and hazing are supposed to go hand-in-hand. But the school doesn’t allow it, and that’s why I stayed away from it.”

Shannon Scovel is a student at American University and a summer 2015 USA TODAY Collegiate Correspondent

Satterfield Hired as Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations

May 29, 2015
Derek Satterfield

Derek Satterfield

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Citadel has hired Derek Satterfield as the Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations, the athletic department announced on Wednesday. Satterfield will serve as the primary contact for the Bulldog’s football and baseball programs alongside of leading and improving the vision of The Citadel’s communications department.

“We are pleased to add a person with the depth and breadth of experiences that Derek brings to The Citadel,” Director of Athletics Jim Senter said. “His working knowledge of media relations at the highest level will serve our department and college well. This position is very important and his professionalism, energy and passion for college athletics will help our athletic department rise to the next level.”

Satterfield joins the Bulldogs following a season as the Director of Football Communications for the University of Michigan Wolverines, in which he served as the primary contact and spokesperson for the Big 10 program. As the department’s primary football contact, Satterfield prepared student-athletes and the coaching staff for all interviews and press conferences on the local and national spectrum, as well as managing all football social media and content on the Wolverine’s website.

Prior to his time at Michigan, Satterfield spent four years as the Assistant Communications Director and primary football contact at the University of Arkansas. During his time with the Razorbacks, Satterfield developed long-term planning and PR initiatives alongside of coordinating media coverage for the coaching staff and student-athletes. He was a member of the group recognized by PR Daily’s 2013 non-profit PR Award for Best Crisis Management, and worked with Sports Illustrated, ESPN and CBS as part of the Razorback’s 2012 awards campaign.

A 2008 graduate of the University of Tennessee and four-year student intern, Satterfield also made stops in the public and media relations departments of the Indianapolis Colts (2008) and Purdue University (2009-2010). He is a native of Maryville, Tenn., and is joined in Charleston by his wife, Ann-Marie.

Satterfield will start his new position on June 1.