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General Grinalds announces retirement
President of The Citadel will step down in August
Maj. Gen. John S. Grinalds USMC (Ret.), the 18th president of The Citadel, announced that he will step down this summer. Grinalds, 67, said he plans to depart on August 1, 2005, concluding an eight-year tenure that started during the college's tumultuous beginnings with coeducation. Since August 1997, Grinalds has led the college to a point of healthy admissions, financial strength and expanded academics.
Board of Visitors Chairman Billy Jenkinson praised Grinalds' strong leadership. "His emphasis on character development, academic rigor and military professionalism has brought this college to new heights," Jenkinson said. "While we regret his decision to depart, we wish him well and appreciate the solid foundation that he will leave for his successor."
In explaining his decision, Grinalds said he believes the time for a change is right because he has accomplished the major goals he set for his administration. Those goals include successfully assimilating women, strengthening military training, enhancing the indoctrination of freshman cadets, increasing admissions applications, improving communications to all constituencies, developing a comprehensive fundraising organization and initiating a capital campaign.
The work that pleases him most, however, is in the area of character development—a topic the president consistently emphasizes in his casual conversations with cadets, in his writings and in talks to Citadel groups. He takes special pride in the establishment of the Krause Initiative on Leadership and Ethics, a comprehensive program that focuses campus-wide attention on the development of ethical leadership within The Citadel's graduates.
"The most important quality our Citadel graduates have is their sense of honor," Grinalds said. "The Krause initiative is a way to intensify that sense of honor in a society that increasingly fails to recognize its importance."
The president expressed appreciation to all on The Citadel Board of Visitors for the eight years he and Norwood Grinalds have spent at The Citadel.
"It is a privilege to live among the finest college students we know and to work with this wonderfully supportive staff and faculty. I am deeply grateful to the Board of Visitors and the extraordinary Citadel family of alumni and friends for this opportunity."
"We will miss everyone and hope to be available to further the welfare of The Citadel as appropriate," he said.
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