Coeducation: A timeline


August 1995
Following a ruling in her favor by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, Shannon Faulkner reports to The Citadel to join the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. She departs six days later.

May 1996
The Citadel's College of Graduate and Professional Studies graduates its 3,000th female.

June 1996
The Citadel Board of Visitors votes unanimously to drop the gender requirement from its admission policy for the Corps of Cadets.

Petra Lovetinska during her first days at The Citadel.

August 1996
Four women (Nancy Mace, Petra Lovetinska, Kim Messer and Jeanie Mentavlos) enter The Citadel to join the Corps of Cadets.

December 1996
Hazing allegations involving two female cadets surface.

January 1997
Cadets Kim Messer and Jeanie Mentavlos withdraw from The Citadel by not returning for the beginning of the second semester.

February 1997
Retired Army Brigadier General Emory Mace becomes Commandant of Cadets.

May 1997
Cadets Petra Lovetinska and Nancy Mace - General Mace's daughter - complete their freshman year.

June 1997
Two women are selected to be the first female advisory members of the Board of Visitors, The Citadel's governing board. Ann Elish and Allison Dean Love both hold Master of Business Administration degrees from The Citadel's College of Graduate and Professional Studies.

July 1997
--Captain Kelly Gosnell becomes the first female admissions counselor at The Citadel.
--Suzanne Ozment assumes duties as dean of undergraduate studies and dean of women.

August 1997
--Retired Marine Corps Major General John S. Grinalds becomes president of the college.
--Lt. Col. Bonnie Jo Houchen assumes duties as assistant commandant of assimilation for the Corps of Cadets. Houchen is a member of the first co-educational graduating class at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
--Twenty female cadets report to The Citadel and enter as the Class of 2001
--Cadet Mandy Garcia becomes the first female to earn athletic scholarship aid at The Citadel, thus becoming the military institution's first-ever female cadet-student-athlete. She participates in cross-country and track at The Citadel.

October 1997
The Citadel inaugurates the institution's 18th president, retired Marine Corps Major General John S. Grinalds.

November 1997
Association of Citadel Men changes its name to The Citadel Alumni Association and includes graduates of CGPS in its membership.

January 1998
The Citadel Summer Camp, in existence since 1957, opens its doors to girls ages 10-15. Twelve female campers along with eight female staff members participate during the first summer session.

March 1998
Lt. Col. Bonnie Jo Houchen is named the women's head volleyball coach at The Citadel. Volleyball was The Citadel's initial intercollegiate women's team sport.

May 1998
--The settlement with the Messer family over alleged hazing closes a chapter in the history of The Citadel.
--Seventeen females from the Class of 2001 complete their freshmen year.

July 1998
--Female cadets are selected for athletic cadre. Cadre members are cadets who train the incoming fourth-class cadets and are considered to be in high standing academically and militarily.
--The Citadel announces its first-ever female volleyball schedule. Fourteen female cadets make up the inaugural team.

August 1998
The Class of 2002 enters. Thirty-seven freshmen females -- an 85 percent increase over the previous year -- report to campus.

September 1998
Cadet Rebecca Kinney becomes the first female from The Citadel to pursue a commission as an active-duty officer when she signs a contract with the U.S. Air Force. In November, Cadet Patricia Giera signs a contract with the U.S. Army.

October 1998
Some 340 first class cadets receive The Citadel class ring. Cadet Nancy Mace becomes the first female cadet in the college's history to receive a ring.

November 1998
The Citadel advertises for the position of women's soccer coach. The new program is scheduled to begin recruiting in 2000.

Cadets Mary Thornton and Kelly Pesterfield show off their class rings. Both are members of the Class of 2005.

January 1999
Wendy Anderson, former all-conference player at Clemson University and District Six Coach of the Year at Converse College, is named head coach of the women's volleyball team.

February 1999
The Citadel is declared certified by NCAA. The NCAA Committee on Athletics Certification determined that The Citadel is a fully certified NCAA Division I member.

March 1999
Women's applications steadily increase. By March 1, 89 women have applied for admission to The Citadel, a 27 percent increase from the previous year and a 112 percent increase from two years prior.

May 1999
The Citadel graduates its first female from the Corps of Cadets. Nancy Mace earns a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration.

July 1999
Cadet Petra Lovetinska is the commanding officer in charge of The Citadel Athletic Cadre.

August 1999
The 639 freshmen that matriculate into the Corps of Cadets represent a 10.36 percent increase over the previous year. Of those who joined the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, 37 were women.

September 1999
Women's volleyball records its historic first win by defeating Columbia College, 15-12, 15-4, 15-7.

November 1999
The Honorable Roberta Smith Tracy becomes the college's director of equal opportunity, affirmative action and diversity. The Citadel and the Mentavlos family agree to a settlement. The settlement is not an admission of liability and saves the expense of a costly trial.

December 1999
--Megan Hoban becomes the first female soccer coach. This makes The Citadel's fifth varsity sport for women. There are now 25 female athletes.
--Christiana Spies becomes the first African-American woman, the first female Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP) student, and the first female graduate of The Citadel day program to go into full-time service after she is commissioned into the Marines as a second lieutenant.

January 2000
Applications for admissions come in at a record pace. As of January 10, the admissions office had received 1395 total applications, up 25 percent from January of 1999. Of those, 117 were females (up 33 percent from January 1999); and 203 were minority applicants (up 114 percent from January 1999).

March 2000
Cadet Dena Abrash becomes editor of the college's newspaper, The Brigadier

Women are involved in all aspects of cadet life.

April 2000
--Cadet Mandy Garcia is the first woman to earn the position of Regimental Executive Officer. Cadet Garcia is the highest-ranking female and second highest-ranking cadet in the Corps.
--Cadets Rebecca Kinney and Dena Abrash are named Company Commanders, the first women to earn such rank.
--Allison Dean Love, director of South Carolina Insurance News Service, becomes the first woman elected to The Citadel Board of Visitors. Love is a 1993 graduate of The Citadel's College of Graduate and Professional Studies with a master's degree in business administration and a member of the Citadel Alumni Association and Citadel Brigadier Foundation.

May 2000
Petra Lovetinska graduates. She is the last of the first four women to enroll at The Citadel in 1996 and only the second woman to graduate from the military college.

July 2000
Lt. Col. Bonnie Jo Houchen, assistant commandant and the first woman to oversee The Citadel's move to coeducation resigns to attend medical school. For three years Houchen provided counsel for female cadets and served as a role model.

August 2000
The Class of 2004 reports. It is the largest freshman class in 10 years with students from 44 states and seven foreign countries. Among the knobs are 616 men and 30 women.

September 2000
--Hedy Pinkerton, a retired Air Force colonel, assumed responsibility for overseeing co-education at The Citadel. Pinkerton comes from the U.S. Air Force Academy.
--Nichole Mantu selected for All-Tournament Team at the Hampton Institute (volleyball) Tournament.

November 2000

Peaches Hudson becomes the first Citadel woman to earn All-Southern Conference honors by placing second in the 1999 Heptathalon event.

April 2001
Suzanne Campbell becomes the school's first-ever female golfer and competes as an individual in the 2001 Southern Conference Championships.
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Track athletes Sharon Hacker and Toshika "Peaches" Hudson are selected as Company Commanders for 2001-02 academic year.
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The first African American women to graduate from The Citadel get their diplomas in May 2002.

May 2001
Ten women, the largest single class to date, graduate from The Citadel. Among them is Cadet Crystal Spring of Jackson Hole, Wyo., the first person to graduate with two degrees and a triple major. Spring received a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in both French and German.

August 2002
Amanda Orson becomes the first battalion commander

May 2002
The first African American women - seven cadets in all - graduate.

July 2002
Leslie Tysinger becomes the first senior women administrator in the Athletics Department.

August 2002
Cadet Amanda Orson of Towaco, N.J., becomes the first female battalion commander, overseeing more than 500 cadets in one of four barracks.

September 2003
Cadet Viann Bolick, regimental executive officer, becomes the first female member of the Honor Court.

 

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