Approximately 30 percent of all Citadel graduates go into the military. Whatever their careers, Citadel graduates make excellent leaders. Following are alumni features from The Citadel Magazine.
Morris DeRhon Robinson, ’91, (fall 2001), college football player turned rising opera star. Robinson is currently enrolled in the Metropolitan Opera’s prestigious Lindeman Young Artists Development Program.
Dudley F.B. (Butch) Hodgson, ’65, (summer 2001), former FBI agent whose cases involved espionage, airplane hijacking, and undercover work that sounds like something out of the pages of a Robert Ludlum thriller. Following his retirement from the FBI, he was hired by Dick Bennett, chief counsel to the Government Reform and Oversight Committee, to lead the campaign finance investigation surrounding the 1992 and 1996 federal elections. Hodgson now runs his own business, D. Hodgson Associates, Inc., an international security consulting business that has a number of Fortune 500 companies among its clients.
Taylor Gross, ’96, (spring 2001), director of radio media for President George W. Bush. At only 26, Gross has worked for some of the biggest names in Washington. Before working on the Bush campaign, Gross was director of radio for the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, he was deputy communications director for Senator John Ashcroft, and associate producer for Lt. Col. Oliver North’s radio show and producer of the MSNBC program Equal Time.
Henry A. (Bubba) Kennedy, ’70, (winter 2001), returned to his alma mater in 1972 as head of student recruitment. Kennedy recently retired as executive director of the alumni association in the wake of his greatest accomplishment, the completion of the new, state-of-the-art John Monroe J. Holliday Alumni Center.
Carroll N. LeTellier, ’49, (fall 2000), served for 27 years in the Army Corps of Engineers with tours in Korea and Vietnam, retiring in 1976 with the rank of major general. After his retirement from the military, LeTellier went to work for Sverdrup Corporation, an international engineering, architectural and construction firm. LeTellier was an instrumental figure in the building of The Citadel’s John Monroe J. Holliday Alumni Center.
Arthur Baker, ’99, (summer 2000), is currently enrolled at the Medical University of South Carolina studying to become a doctor. Before enrolling in medical school, Baker spent a year in Australia as a Fulbright Scholar where he conducted research on high density lipoprotein to determine the risk factors that predispose some diabetic patients to develop severe complications.
Klyde Robinson, ’44 (spring 2000), retired circuit court judge. In the 1960s, a young Robinson worked as an assistant U.S. attorney trying cases in violation of the Civil Rights Act.
Thomas Crymes (Nap) Vandiver, ’29 (winter 2000), at 94, he is one of The Citadel’s oldest living alumni and South Carolina’s oldest active banker. With three-quarters of a century in banking, Vandiver’s jobs have ranged from teller to chief executive. He is currently with South Financial Group (formerly known as Carolina First) in Greenville.
Harvey Schiller, ’60, (fall 1999), pilot, professor, athletic conference commissioner, executive director of the Oympic committee, television executive and sports mogul. Schiller who served the nation as an Air Force officer for 24 years as both a pilot and an Air Force Academy educator, has had a very diverse career.
Keith Mastrion, CGPS ’97, (summer 1999), teacher whose teaching techniques include outlandish costumes and assuming the roles of zany characters. Received national acclaim for his work as an educator when he was awarded the Reader’s Digest American Hero in Education award for 1999.
Lt. General Claudius E. (Bud) Watts III, ’58, (spring 1999), former president of The Citadel. Served the nation for 31 years as a pilot, commander and financial expert, he presided over The Citadel during the campus reconstruction after Hurricane Hugo and the period leading up to the transition to a coeducational college.
Alvah Chapman, ’42, (winter 1999), one-time Citadel regimental commander, who after serving in World War II as a B-17 bomber pilot and squadron commander, began an illustrious 50-year career in the newspaper and communications business. He played a fundamental role in the merger of two news media giants in 1974 when Knight Newspapers and Ridder Publications formed Knight-Ridder.
Bill Krause, ’63, (fall 1998), an engineer by degree, a marketer by trade, and an entrepreneur in practice, Krause has created a networking company, a digital imaging company, and was responsible for the highly successful start-up of Hewlett Packard’s personal computer business. Krause is head of LWK Ventures. He is also responsible for the annual Krause Business Competition, an event that encourages cadets of all academic disciplines to become involved in real world business ventures.
For more information on notable Citadel alumni, go to the alumni pages.