A scholar and top administrator from the State University
of New York system joined The Citadel as provost and dean of the college.
Brig. Gen. Donald A. Steven assumed his duties on July 1.
Citadel names new provost
Gen. John S. Grinalds, president of The Citadel, praised Steven for
his credentials and strategic vision. "Donald Steven brings to The
Citadel broad experience as an educator and leader in higher education,"
Grinalds said. "I am confident that our academic programs will continue
to flourish under his leadership."
Steven succeeds Brig. Gen. Harry S. Carter joined The Citadel
School of Business Administration faculty.
In his former position as executive vice-provost for academic
affairs, Steven was responsible for the planning, development and
evaluation of academic activities across the 64-campus SUNY system.
He worked to improve communications, maintain academic standards
and improve opportunities for economically and educationally disadvantaged
Steven's 30-year career in higher education includes significant
achievements in scholarship, planning, admissions and fund-raising.
An award-winning composer whose works have been performed on four
continents, Steven earned his Ph.D. and M.F.A. in composition from
Princeton University. He also holds an undergraduate degree from
McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.
Steven said The Citadel's traditions and commitment to high
academic standards and character development attracted him to the
college. "As a nation we are so much stronger when our leaders have
the intellect, integrity, resilience and determination to lead by
example," he said.
Life at a military college suits him well, Steven said. "As
the father of a soldier, I am particularly aware that our armed
forces deserve not only our support, they deserve our unqualified
admiration," he said. "Our men and women in uniform represent the
finest ideals of professionalism, dedication and sacrifice. And
I think we salute their service by leading honorable lives, by exhibiting
a generous spirit and by striving to excel."
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