Summeral Chapel
Thursday, 13 March, 1997
  1. General Poole welcomed the faculty to the meeting. He then introduced General Grinalds, the incoming eighteenth president of The Citadel.

  2. In his opening remarks, General Grinalds said that he saw The Citadel primarily as an educational institution. He stated that he was totally dedicated to the integration of women cadets into the corps. An even greater challenge was his opportunity to articulate the mission of The Citadel to young people. He discussed this mission in light of the changing size of the armed forces, the need for educational training, and cutbacks in military spending.

    He said that The Citadel should prepare students for a broad spectrum of purposes, including preparation for the armed forces. He stressed the importance of graduating young people who will be leaders in society. To accomplish this, educational programs should prepare students in four areas:
    (1) a good education

    (2) preparation to be leaders
    (a) leadership on an individual level (the academic life should integrate well with the military life in providing this type of preparation)

    (b) leadership in small groups

    (c) societal leadership
    (3) sense of honorable conduct (where the honor system is the nucleus)

    (4) sense of public service
    General Grinalds said that he wants to hear from faculty as much as possible. He requested that each faculty member update his or her resume and send it to him through the president's office. He asked that a picture be included with the resume. He suggested that each faculty member include a statement about what he or she likes most about teaching at The Citadel, academic interests, etc.

    General Grinalds pledged to work for certain changes, including seeking more motivated cadets (academically). In particular, he wants to recruit a diverse group of students in terms of interests and students who want to learn. He made several suggestions about things faculty members could do to motivate students once they arrive on campus.

    He visualized two important aspects of his job as president: (1) helping cadets succeed and (2) helping faculty succeed.

    In closing, General Grinalds thanked faculty for their wonderful welcome.

  3. Following his remarks, General Grinalds responded to several questions from the faculty. When questioned about the 4th Class system, General Grinalds said that he had read a number of documents on what needs to be done. He said that he prefers "Cadet Leadership System" to "4th Class System." He emphasized that he does not support hazing. He is not yet sure of how the system needs to be changed, but said that he would listen to all voices. In summary, he said that he believed in responsible, educated, principled leadership.

    In response to a question regarding the role of graduate students, General Grinalds said that he wanted to see the College of Graduate and Professional Studies integrated into the conceptual model he discussed earlier.

    He commented on the possibility of The Citadel taking a role in working with the military magnet high school to create an impact on public education.

    Another question related to how he planned to assimilate women (not just cadets) into the life of the campus. General Grinalds said that it was important to get more women involved. He suggested one possibility would be a forum that would bring to the attention of the administration issues that concern women.

  4. After the meeting was adjourned, there was a luncheon in the Riverview Room for those attending the meeting.