Business – The Citadel Today Wed, 16 Dec 2020 20:48:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Business – The Citadel Today 32 32 144096890 Six generations of Workmans and a wakeup Sat, 26 Dec 2020 11:00:00 +0000 Knob Billy Workman, a sixth generation Citadel Cadet, poses for a portrait at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Friday, November 20, 2020. (Photo by Dashawn Costley / The Citadel)Knob Billy Workman, a sixth generation Citadel Cadet, poses for a portrait at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Friday, November 20, 2020. (Photo by Dashawn Costley / The Citadel)When Billy Workman matriculated in August of 2020, he was simply echoing the Workman family tradition. He was after all the sixth in a line of William Douglas Workmans to attend the Military College of South Carolina.]]> Knob Billy Workman, a sixth generation Citadel Cadet, poses for a portrait at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Friday, November 20, 2020. (Photo by Dashawn Costley / The Citadel)Knob Billy Workman, a sixth generation Citadel Cadet, poses for a portrait at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Friday, November 20, 2020. (Photo by Dashawn Costley / The Citadel)

By Cadet Merritt Reeves, The Citadel Class of 2022
Historic photos provided by The Citadel Archives and Museum

Photo above: Cadet-recruit William Douglas Workman V, The Citadel Class of 2024, a sixth generation Citadel cadet, poses for a portrait on campus on November 20, 2020.

When Billy Workman of Orangeburg matriculated in August of 2020, he was simply echoing the Workman family tradition. He was after all the sixth in a line of William Douglas Workmans to attend the Military College of South Carolina, a father-son tradition that dates all the way back to the late 19th century and his great-great-great-grandfather.

Billy’s full name: William Douglas Workman V.

In 1882, The Citadel resumed operations after closing its gates for 17 years after the Civil War. In that year, William Douglas Workman enrolled along with over a 100 other cadets. An 1886 graduate, he was the first of Billy’s ancestors to attend the college.

The second William Douglas Workman in the family line was William Douglas Workman Sr. who graduated from The Citadel in 1909 and was valedictorian of his class.


William Workman Sr. was also the second, and the last, Workman to attend The Citadel before it moved from Marion Square campus to its current location on the Ashley River. Billy’s great-aunt, Dee Benedict, talked about her grandfather’s service during World War I.

 “If you look at my grandfather, he really was an absolute hero of the bunch,” said Benedict. “Back when South Carolina was in its own brigade, he led the charge and broke the back of the Germans.”

Dee Benedict, Billy Workman’s great aunt discussing William Douglas Workman Sr.

In 1935, William Douglas Workman Jr., Billy’s great-grandfather, graduated from The Citadel after holding the rank of battalion commander.


In that year, the Corps numbered 89 cadets who were split into two battalions. William Workman Jr. was Benedict’s grandfather and, according to her, he served in North Africa during World War II. “After the war, he stayed in the reserves,” said Benedict, “He ran for the United States Senate against a newspaper man in Columbia and had 46% of the vote, which was amazing. There were a bunch of people who would get fired because they supported him which made it almost like a revival thing. Although he lost the race, that was the start of the Republican Party in South Carolina.”

Billy’s grandfather, William Douglas Workman III, graduated from The Citadel after serving as first sergeant in Tango Company. A 1961 graduate, he attended the college before it was integrated in 1966.

William Douglas Workman III, The Citadel Class of 1961

Billy’s father, Will (William Douglas Workman IV), who has a cotton ginning business in Orangeburg, was the last of the Workmans to attend The Citadel before the college turned co-ed. 

William Douglas Workman IV, '89
William Douglas Workman IV, ’89

He graduated in 1989 with the self-proclaimed title “centurion.” Known for his sense of humor, Will paid for this comedic streak throughout his years as a cadet with hundreds of tours. These punishments, however, hardly dimmed Will’s mischievous spirit.  According to Billy, he is still a jokester.  “He’s a pretty laid back guy,” said Billy, “but my going to The Citadel has loosened him up even more, and I can relate to him better.”

Doing what only felt natural, Billy is expected to graduate in 2024 with a Business Administration degree. After decades of forefathers who roamed the grounds of The Citadel, Billy finally joined the long line of Cadet Workmans. “Billy always had a choice on whether or not he would go to The Citadel,” said Will, “but when he decided he wanted to go for himself, it made me really proud. I was happy that the tradition wasn’t ending with me.”

William Douglas Workman V,
a sixth generation Citadel Cadet, who goes by Billy, posting for a portrait
at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on November 20, 2020.

The Workman family has seen the college through time and progress. Like Billy’s Citadel COVID-19 on campus freshman year, each generation has had difference experiences, but one thing remains constant—the lasting bond between alumni and college. With five generations before him, Billy feels a familial expectation, but he waits in earnest to fulfill this role and dreams even of continuing the legacy one day with a seventh William Douglas Workman.

Cadet Merritt Reeves is an intern in the Office of Communications and Marketing. A junior majoring in English with a Spanish minor, she has earned Gold Stars for academic excellence. After graduation, she plans to return to her home town of Columbia, South Carolina and attend law school.

Past and future meet in a plastic present Fri, 18 Dec 2020 11:00:00 +0000 An interdisciplinary team from The Citadel, with the Gibbes Museum, is lifting the veil that separates the artistic from the technological.]]>

An interdisciplinary team from The Citadel, working with the Gibbes Museum of Art, is lifting the veil that separates the artistic from the technological.

The Veiled Lady — a masterful marble statue created by Pietro Rossi in 1882 — is one of the most well-known pieces of art in the Gibbes.

But the photo above is not of the Veiled Lady. Not the original one, at least.

Thanks to three departments on campus, and a 3D-printer company created by a former cadet called Evolve 3D, the priceless statue can now be recreated, anywhere, for less than a dollar.

Not only that, but the 3D-printed version of the statue can be touched, something that’s attractive to the museum’s everyday visitor and especially important for visually impaired guests.

“When I first saw the iconic Veiled Lady sculpture at the Gibbes Museum, I, like many, was drawn to the stunning textures of this intricately-carved marble,” said Tiffany Silverman, director of The Citadel Fine Arts program. “At the time, as a museum educator, I wished that everyone could have access to experience this artwork in a more tactile, immediate way. Fifteen years later, the perfect combination of talented colleagues and innovative technology has, at last, made this dream possible.” 

The Citadel Fine Arts Department, the Baker School of Business Innovation Lab, The Citadel Makerspace and Evolve 3D worked together to make the project possible — and to help make art more accessible outside of a museum.

Evolve 3D has its own interdisciplinary connections to The Citadel. The business (then called the Cambrian Project) was initially created as part of the annual Baker Business Bowl, a program aimed at helping budding entrepreneurs turn their ideas into income.

Though the team didn’t win the first or second place cash prizes, Ben Scott — the founder and CEO of Evolve 3D — says they earned something more valuable.

On the company’s website, he wrote:

“Countless hours of work, every night in the library, then the garage, studying business, writing/rewriting the business plan, working/reworking financial predictions, not going out on weekends, straining personal relationships for months, and still lost. I didn’t sleep for days following, but ironically, I think we still won. The lesson learned from that failure is worth a lot more than $10,000.”

Evolve 3D also loaned one of their beta printers, named Eve, to the museum which will use it to produce more 3D prints of art.

“This innovative and interdisciplinary partnership with The Citadel has proven to be an exciting way to engage our community with art and new technology,” said Sara Arnold, the director of cultural affairs at the Gibbes Museum of Art. “Our visitors are amazed to see the 3D printer in action at the Gibbes. Bridging art and technology opens a whole new world of creativity and accessibility and we are so grateful to Tiffany Silverman and The Citadel cadets who have shared their time and expertise with us.”

As part of the collaboration, James Bezjian, Ph.D, shared his groundbreaking use of a high-resolution 3D scanner that he uses to document artifacts. Dan Hawkins brought the technology of The Citadel’s Makerspace, including 3D printers. Scott — one of Bezjian’s students — started Evolve 3D along with Fine Arts minor — and one of Silverman’s students — Ethan Warner. The Gibbes Museum, current partner of The Citadel’s Fine Arts program, was looking for ways to increase access to their collection for both virtual and in-person audiences.

To that end, and thanks to the entire team involved, a 3D print of the Veiled Lady is also currently on display, waiting to greet visitors at the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Excellence in Leadership: Lt. Sarah Zorn Tue, 08 Dec 2020 17:19:21 +0000 Photo By Capt. Ian Sandall | JOINT BASE LEWIS MCCHORD, Wash. — Sarah Zorn is promoted to 1st. Lt. Dec. 3, 2020 at the ‘Black Knight’ Company Operations Facility. (US Army photo by Capt. Ian Sandall, 17th Field Artillery Brigade)Photo By Capt. Ian Sandall | JOINT BASE LEWIS MCCHORD, Wash. — Sarah Zorn is promoted to 1st. Lt. Dec. 3, 2020 at the ‘Black Knight’ Company Operations Facility. (US Army photo by Capt. Ian Sandall, 17th Field Artillery Brigade)Army leaders have strong intellect, physical presence, professional competence, high moral character, and serve as role models. Lt. Zorn has been recognized for her selfless care within the ‘Thunderbolt’ community.]]> Photo By Capt. Ian Sandall | JOINT BASE LEWIS MCCHORD, Wash. — Sarah Zorn is promoted to 1st. Lt. Dec. 3, 2020 at the ‘Black Knight’ Company Operations Facility. (US Army photo by Capt. Ian Sandall, 17th Field Artillery Brigade)Photo By Capt. Ian Sandall | JOINT BASE LEWIS MCCHORD, Wash. — Sarah Zorn is promoted to 1st. Lt. Dec. 3, 2020 at the ‘Black Knight’ Company Operations Facility. (US Army photo by Capt. Ian Sandall, 17th Field Artillery Brigade)

As seen on DVIDSHub
Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington
By Sgt. Casey Hustin, 17th Field Artillery Brigade

Photo above: Sarah Zorn is promoted to 1st. Lt. Dec. 3, 2020 at the ‘Black Knight’ Company Operations Facility. (US Army photo by Capt. Ian Sandall, 17th Field Artillery Brigade) 

JOINT BASE LEWIS MCCHORD, Wash. — An Army Leader is anyone who by virtue of assumed role or assigned responsibility inspires and influences people to accomplish organizational goals— 1st. Lt. Sarah Zorn, who for the past six months has accomplished that and more within the 5th battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 17th Field Artillery Brigade, has her own idea of what makes a great Leader.

“You have to be competent; you have to be confident; you have to care—and a little common sense doesn’t hurt,” said 1st Lt. Sarah Zorn, an operations officer with Bravo Battery. “I feel like that philosophy kind of defines my leadership approach and who I want to be as a lieutenant.”

Zorn demonstrated her innate ability to pursue actions, focus thinking, and shape decisions for the greater good of the organization both in and outside the chain of command of the ‘Black Knight’ platoon.

“Lt. Zorn has filled the role as the headquarters platoon leader,” said Capt. Grayson Williams, Company Commander with B-Btry., 5th Bn., 3rd FAR. “She really just wants to see others succeed in her platoon. She just goes the extra mile to make sure that the platoon succeeds. Her ability to provide that insight and always the desire to learn has been instrumental in the success for the battery so far.”

From making history as the first female regimental commander at the Citadel for 2,300 cadets, to becoming a platoon leader of 20 soldiers, Lt. Zorn stays focused on doing the job at hand and doing it right.

“I think that transition from big picture to a little bit smaller picture really fundamentally is all the same,” said Zorn. “So—I come into work every day and I tell myself I’m just going to do the next right thing—whether it be the next right thing for soldiers, the next right thing for the battery—the next right thing for the team.”

Army leaders have strong intellect, physical presence, professional competence, high moral character, and serve as role models. Lt. Zorn has been recognized for her selfless care within the ‘Thunderbolt’ community.

“I’d like to highlight just how much genuine care she has for soldiers,” said Williams. “I know she has taken time out of her weekends to work on care packages for families with new babies in the battery. Lt. Zorn just wants to see the whole battery succeed, and really she shows this commitment as she volunteers her own time to really provide and deliver what the battery is asking for.”

Zorn said, “I would say to anyone who’s considering this or maybe anyone who is brand new and who is doubting themselves—this (the Army) is one of the most rewarding careers that you could ever have.”

The most successful Army Leaders, like Lt. Zorn, recognize that great organizations are built upon the mutual trust and confidence of our greatest assets—our people—who come together to accomplish peacetime and wartime missions—and so long as we continue to inspire leaders like Lt. Zorn to join us—we cannot fail.

Citadel cadets, students compete in elevator pitch contest Thu, 05 Nov 2020 21:38:46 +0000 Eight teams of Citadel cadets and students are preparing to compete in the elevator pitch round of the Baker Business Bowl on Nov. 11.]]>

Photo: The final winner of the Baker Business Bowl VI in 2019-2020 presents their Wall Dynamic Inspection System presents during the elevator pitch round during the event last year. The final round was held virtually.

As seen in the Charleston Regional Business Journal, by Teri Griffis

Do you have an award-winning elevator pitch?

Eight teams of Citadel cadets and students are honing theirs as they prepare to compete in the elevator pitch round of the Baker Business Bowl on Nov. 11.

The Citadel’s interdisciplinary competition challenges promising entrepreneurs who have an idea for a new product or service to showcase how they would turn it into a business.

The top five teams from next Friday’s semi-final round will earn a place in the competition’s finals, held in April 2021.

Overall first place winners will be awarded a $10,000 investment for their proposed business, with $5,000 going to second place. Cash prizes are donated by the Baker Business Bowl Class of 1989.

There are three rounds total and in the upcoming semi-final round, teams present a three-to-five-minute summary in which they explain their business idea to a panel of business experts. They will be judged primarily on their oral presentation skills. Judges will then hold a 10-minute question and answer session for each team.

Now in its seventh year, the Baker Business Bowl is open to cadets, evening undergraduate students and graduate students.

The competition is open to the public and can be watched on Zoom.

Baker School of Business and School of Engineering team up to address global sustainability challenges Tue, 03 Nov 2020 11:00:00 +0000 The Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business and the School of Engineering are collaborating on two new classes in which students will develop entrepreneurial endeavors to address United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG). ]]>

Photo: James Bezjian, Ph.D. teaches students how to use a 3-D scanner in The Citadel’s Innovation Lab

By Maria Aselage, Director of Communications and Marketing for the Baker School of Business

Poverty, inequality and climate change are some of the many challenges we face in our world today. In an effort to help find solutions to these important issues, two Citadel professors, one from the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business and another from the School of Engineering, are collaborating on new courses.

The classes will address United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG), guidelines for all countries to create a more sustainable future for all.

BUILDS Program

The new cooperative initiative is called Bridging Undergraduate Innovation Laboratories to Design for Sustainability (BUILDS).

The program is possible after VentureWell awarded a $30,000 grant to James Bezjian, Ph.D., professor of entrepreneurship and Jeffery Plumblee, Ph.D., professor of engineer leadership and program management.

VentureWell’s grant program helps institutions across the country develop or sustain courses and programs that encourage STEM innovation.

Team Teaching

Bezjian and Plumblee will use the money to collaborate on a series of project-based classes.

The students will explore global challenges within the framework of UNSDG.

“They will work in groups to identify a challenge that they would like to address, develop viable solutions to their chosen challenge and prepare to take next steps at the culmination of the courses,” said Plumblee.

These courses will utilize The Citadel’s Innovation Lab and its Humanitarian Development Lab.

“In addition to addressing these important goals, our collaboration will teach business students more about technology development and engineering students more about innovation and business,” said Bezjian. “It’s a holistic approach to learning that will benefit Citadel students as well as assist the greater community.”

The first BUILDS classes will be offered next fall.

Citadel Distinguished Scholars Program preparing cadets to qualify for elite post-graduate scholarships Sun, 25 Oct 2020 23:00:00 +0000 CDSP provides its scholars with targeted mentoring and fellowship advising – learning who they are, what they want to accomplish, and helping them chart a path for getting there.]]>

The Citadel Distinguished Scholars Program (CDSP) is guiding its second group of cadets from the Class of 2023 toward constructing the kind of academic portfolio needed to be seriously considered for prestigious post-graduate scholarships such as a Rhodes or Fulbright.

The program selection committee identifies the highest-performing freshmen, who then work during their time as undergraduates at The Citadel to prepare to compete for master’s or doctoral degrees from the world’s best universities.

If these past months have taught us anything, it is that the world can change at lightning speed. For our future leaders that means not just having command of a narrow body of knowledge, but having the breadth of understanding of the world around us and critical thinking skills to analyze a situation and discern the right course of action quickly. We are helping our future leaders develop the skills to be bold, courageous and definitive.”

Earl Walker, Ph.D., professor of Management and Leadership, The Citadel

CDSP, recognizing that The Citadel is instilling core values in students in a disciplined and intellectually challenging military environment, seeks among them the most ambitious scholars who will then receive a higher level of personal, academic and professional development than was ever offered before.

CDSP’s newest cohort of scholars was selected last spring before the pandemic-forced campus shutdown. They are now sophomores and moving forward in the program.

Cadet Caleb Friend, The Citadel

Caleb Friend is a sophomore from Spartanburg, South Carolina, double-majoring in Modern Languages in French and Spanish. He graduated high school with high honors, where he was involved in the Student Leadership Institute and student government (as class rep and treasurer), Beta Club and concert band. He also participated on the golf, cross country and soccer teams, and attended Boys State. At The Citadel, Caleb is in the Honors Program, and is active in the Catholic Chaplaincy, Citadel Pipe and Drums and Irish Heritage Society. He plans to earn his Master’s before entering the Marines, and hopes to earn a doctorate one day.

Blake Garwood is a sophomore Computer Engineering major from Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

At The Citadel, Blake is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and participates in the Association for Computing Machinery Club and the Cybersecurity Club. His favorite pastime is golf, and in high school he played in golf tournaments throughout the state of Florida.

Blake is interested in research, innovation and entrepreneurship, and plans to pursue a Ph.D.

Austin Miles-Curtsinger, is a sophomore from Newark, California, majoring in Political Science. In high school, he was a member of the swimming and water polo teams and volunteered with his city’s police department, assisting in the planning and execution of community events. He was awarded the Marine Option ROTC Scholarship to pay for his college education, and he will eventually commission in the United States Marine Corps. He enjoys reading, swimming, watching movies, horseback riding, exercising and spending time with friends and family. Austin is undecided about a military career and is interested in pursuing a law degree.

Cadet William Moran

William Moran is from Lexington, South Carolina.

He is a sophomore Mechanical Engineering major, interested in having an impact via a math-based career in biotechnology while also open to learning new things and creative pursuits. In high school William was dedicated to learning and athletics, participating in cross country and tennis. At The Citadel, William is a member of the Toastmasters Club. He strives to be the friendliest person in the room. 

John Morris is a sophomore from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Morris is studying Political Science with a focus on Pre-Law and Legal Studies. He graduated from the Academy of Arts, Science and Technology. During high school he played soccer. He also enjoys reading, exercising, surfing and participating in missions for his church. At The Citadel, John participates in the South Carolina Student Legislature delegation and the Citadel’s chapter of the Republican Society. After graduation he plans to go to law school and practice as an attorney.

Cadet Benjamin Race

Benjamin Race is a sophomore double major in Mathematics and Computer Science, looking to add the new Cybersecurity major.

Race is from Columbus, Georgia but spent most of his life in Stockbridge, Michigan. In high school he was a two-time recipient of the AP distinguished scholar award. He was on the rifle team and received the U.S. Army Association award. As commander of the drill team, he helped them win two third-place state titles in drill, a first for his county. At The Citadel, Benjamin is a member of the Math Club and will join the Republican Society next year.

Elissa Reckdenwald is originally from Charleston, South Carolina. During her early teenage years, she moved to Andrews, South Carolina where she graduated from Andrews High School as valedictorian. In high school, Elissa was president of the National Honor Society, president of the Science National Honor Society, a delegate at Palmetto Girls State, and the secretary of FBLA. Elissa was captain of the female varsity cross country and soccer teams for three years, and participated in other extracurricular activities including the Art National Honor Society, drama club, chorus and band. At The Citadel, Elissa is a sophomore Intelligence and Security major with double minors in Leadership and Cyber Interdisciplinary Studies. She hopes to add a major in Spanish. She is a member of the Leadership Scholars Program and a Yawkey Scholar. Elissa also attends Grace Girls and is the manager of The Citadel women’s soccer team. During her first semester at The Citadel, Elissa was awarded Dean’s List, Gold Stars, and President’s list distinctions. She would like to pursue a security career with the U.S. government.

Trevor West is a Veteran Day student, having served as an Airborne Infantryman in the U.S. Army. During his enlistment he received two Army Achievement Medals, a U.S. Presidential Certificate of Appreciation and became the only soldier to complete the 82nd Airborne Division’s Pre-Ranger Course as a PV2.

West owns and operates a five-unit rental portfolio consisting of both single family and residential multifamily properties. He is also the Founder and President of The Citadel Real Estate Investment Club, serves as a Sector Head for the Student Managed Investment Fund, and is a Veteran Mentor to Citadel cadets pursuing combat roles and positions in Special Operations units. He is a sophomore Gold Star recipient majoring in Finance and minoring in Economics and Data Science.

“Among our diverse new scholars are future military and civilian leaders, engineers and lawyers,” said Earl Walker, Ph.D., director of CDSP and professor of management and leadership. “We see this program as beneficial to students in all majors and programs looking to maximize their opportunities for successful careers. We will develop their potential over their four years at The Citadel and make them well-rounded, well-versed, academically-prepared candidates who can put themselves up against the best of the best.” 

Potential scholars are invited to apply for the program based on academic achievements through their first semester at The Citadel. Successful candidates must submit an application, be interviewed by a panel of faculty and sign a contract committing them to a variety of academic goals.

“The first things we look for among potential scholars are ambition and verve,” adds Walker. “There are plenty of bright students out there with 4.0s, who will make out fine in life, but there is another tier, an upper echelon, for those who aspire to push themselves to be among the best in the world. 

CDSP provides its scholars with targeted tutoring, mentoring and fellowship advising focused on engagement – learning who they are, what they want to accomplish, and helping them chart a path for getting there.

The first four scholars, selected in 2019, are: 

  • Will Jensen, Computer Science and Mathematics
  • Ashley Ruiz, Political Science and Cybersecurity Intelligence
  • Eric Skinner, English and Electrical Engineering
  • Martynas Tendzegolskis, Finance and Political Science 

“We are always on the lookout for exceptional candidates. If you think you have what it takes, please contact us. We want to help you,” Walker concluded.

For more information please contact Dr. Walker via email at or Vanya Perez, CDSP program administrator, at

Exclusive program for incoming cadet business majors hits major milestone Sat, 19 Sep 2020 10:00:00 +0000 For the first time since its inception, the Business Scholars Program in the Tommy & Victoria Baker School of Business has a group of cadets in every class level. ]]>

Photo: Students in the Business Scholars Program are part of a special business class taught by William Trumbull, Ph.D., program director

By Maria Aselage, Director of Communications and Marketing for the Baker School of Business

For the first time since its inception, the Business Scholars Program in the Tommy & Victoria Baker School of Business has a group of cadets in every class level. The Business Scholars Program is comprised of a designated group of cadet business majors who receive scholarship money and exclusive benefits, boosting their educational experience and career development.

The program was founded in 2017 with the goal of attracting high achieving business students.

“We are now launching our fourth group, so we are at a steady state,” said William Trumbull, Ph.D., director for The Citadel Business Scholars program. “The first scholars graduate in May 2021, and we will choose a new group of scholars every academic year going forward.”

Business Scholars Program selection process

Each business scholar is carefully selected from The Citadel’s pool of high school applicants during the recruiting portion of each year. The candidates must:

  • Be a business major
  • Have a high ACT/SAT score and GPA
  • Submit a resume and an essay on why they want to study business

In-state cadets selected for the program are awarded a scholarship of $2,500 per academic year. Cadets from out-of-state are awarded $7,500 per year.

Non-monetary benefits provided to all cadets in the program include:

  • Attending exclusive networking opportunities
  • Participating in unique field trips
  • Receiving special guidance in obtaining internships
  • Joining other scholars in a special section of a business class

“Virtual events and activities are incorporated into the program for now due to the pandemic until people can safely gather together in person,” said Trumbull.

New to the program this academic year starting with the Class of 2024: cadet business majors accepted into The Citadel Honors Program are automatically included in the Business Scholars Program. They are able to participate in all related activities, but do not receive funding outside of what the Honors Program already provides.

For more information on the Business Scholars Program, please contact Trumbull at

My ring story: Striving to lead Fri, 18 Sep 2020 20:00:00 +0000 I believe the ring shows that you are willing to do what it takes to successfully manage any task that may be thrown your way]]>

Hampton Rowe, Sumter, South Carolina, Regimental Executive Officer, ’21

I hope to become a game warden for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

Cadet Hampton Rowe, ’21

Who or what inspired you to attend The Citadel?

I have had a lot of family come through The Citadel, which played a role in my attending this institution. Primarily though, I came for the challenge and to prove to the ones who told me I would never make it the first year, that they were wrong. 

What was the most difficult obstacle you conquered that made you feel you earned the honor of wearing the ring?

Honestly, the most difficult challenge I have had was trying to keep developing into the leader I was asked to be, and wanted to be for each level of rank that I achieved in the Corps. I wanted to become a leader that left an impression on the ones in lower ranks, that helped them achieve their goals, as well as my classmates. I am not perfect, but I have tried to be an effective leader and one I hope some people will remember. 

What is inscribed on the inside of your ring and what is the significance?

My ring holds the initials of a friend of mine that committed suicide the summer before arriving as a knob. Every day I think of him and try to live my life the way he did when it came to how well he treated his close friends and anyone he met. We were inseparable basically since we were born. I have his initials in my ring so when people look inside of my ring they will ask and I can tell them about how great of a guy he was. 

In what ways has this institution impacted your life?

Our college has helped me become an individual that people recognize as someone who goes to The Citadel — by that I mean a sense of values and standards. It has helped my self-confidence and decision making. It has also helped me develop respect for other people and those who might be different from me, both on campus and outside of The Citadel. 

When you put your ring on your finger, what cadet memories will you be thinking about?

I think probably the ring will give me memories of all the hard work I have put in as a cadet. Also it will always allow me to look back at all the friendships that I have created while being here. 

“We wear the ring” is a phrase alumni often use. What does it mean to wear the ring?

It represents the hard work, commitment and responsibility that a graduate put toward earning the band of gold. I believe the ring shows that you are willing to do what it takes to successfully manage any task that may be thrown your way. I also believe that it shows people outside of this school that you are a person who strives for high achievement, and that you carry that with you when you exit the gates for good. 

What obligations do you feel you have in the future as a member of the Long Gray Line who wears the ring?

Always striving to lead by example, with the goal of inspiring people to then also lead in a way that symbolizes the true meaning of being a servant-leader.  

You are connected to thousands of alumni, not only through your Citadel experience but through the ring. How does that make you feel?

It makes me feel like I am part of the closest group of people that there is. Once a you’ve earned that ring, no matter what year you graduate, or where you go, you will always run into alumni that will share great stories look out for each other.

Rowe is a Business Administration major and hopes to become a game warden for the state of South Carolina.

Cadet Hampton Rowe with his prized wild turkey after hunting during spring furlough

International business leader to discuss profit and purpose with the Baker School of Business Tue, 15 Sep 2020 14:25:42 +0000 The Baker School of Business is hosting a presentation by Stuart Williams, an international businessperson and founder of In Place Impact.]]>

By Maria Aselage, Director of Communications and Marketing for the Baker School of Business

Business is focused on making a profit – but sometimes there’s more to it. That’s why the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business is hosting a special presentation by Stuart Williams, an international businessperson and the founder of In Place Impact. This comes as the school launches its new partnership, the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Speaker Series. The virtual event will be held on Sept. 17 at 8 a.m. and is open to the public with pre-registration.

Williams is a visionary leader who co-created the global platform, “Profit and Purpose.” He has spent the past 12 years designing a new form of inclusive capitalism and economics emphasizing making a profit while making a difference. During his presentation, he will discuss Impact Economics, its role in entrepreneurship, how it empowers businesses to become catalysts for social change and how young leaders can help build a sustainable future for all.

“Impact Economics, in part, encourages business leaders to deliver the highest and most viable corporate profits while creating increased positive impacts for their communities and environment. This idea mirrors The Citadel’s model of servant leadership, so we are excited to have Stuart Williams as the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Speaker Series inaugural guest this academic year,” said Michael R. Weeks, Ph.D., dean of the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business.

The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Speaker Series introduces students to business professionals working in entrepreneurial endeavors across various mediums of society. It is organized by James Bezjian, Ph.D. and David Desplaces, Ph.D.

This event is free; those interested in attending the webinar must register ahead of time here.

Baker School of Business welcomes new faculty in all three departments Tue, 18 Aug 2020 21:15:28 +0000 The Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business is welcoming five new faculty members joining The Citadel community for the 2020-2021 academic year.]]>

Photo: Iordanis Karagiannidis, Ph.D., teaching cadets in the Rick and Mary Lee Bastin Financial Leadership Lab in 2018

The Citadel’s Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business is comprised of three departments: Accounting and Finance, Management and Entrepreneurship, and Marketing, Supply Chain Management and Economics.

Under the leadership of Dean Michael Weeks, Ph.D., the school has more than 20 tenured/tenure-track faculty and about 620 cadet majors. The school also offers an undergraduate degree completion program for non-cadet, evening students as well as an online or in-person Master of Business Administration program, both through The Citadel Graduate College.

The Baker School of Business welcomes five new faculty members for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Accounting and Finance

Michael Chitavi, DBA

Chitavi specializes in asset pricing and contemporary theories of finance. His areas of research interest include commodity derivatives, microstructure and Fintech (Financial Technology).

Prior to arriving at The Citadel, Chitavi taught finance and accounting courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level at multiple universities in the Midwest.

 Before teaching, Chitavi worked in the financial services group of KPMG in Canada, and South Africa.  He also worked in the alternative finance sector at the boutique firm Chicago Ventures (Formerly I2A Venture Capital Firm) and Hughes and Co.

Chitavi earned his Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. He also earned his Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University.

Management and Entrepreneurship

David Desplaces, Ph.D.

For nearly two decades, Desplaces has dedicated himself to educating entrepreneurs, executives and future leaders with one goal in mind — unlocking the potential in each of them. He has distinguished himself by applying his expertise in the areas of international management, global commerce and trade, cultural management, leadership, change management, and entrepreneurial venturing.

Desplaces’ experience includes supporting various domestic and international entrepreneurial ventures, being a part owner in various businesses, helping launch a professional certification program, leading international cultural and professional development initiatives, and empowering his community through various leadership and coaching initiatives.

Desplaces earned his Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island; he also holds a Master of Science in Education from Syracuse University and a Master of Business Administration from Bentley University. In addition to The Citadel, he teaches business classes at the College of Charleston.

Read more about Desplaces here.

Gayla Todd, DBA
Alvah H. Chapman, Jr. Chair in Management and Ethics

Todd recently earned her Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) after 29 years of business experience, working globally for multiple software solution and technology companies. Her doctoral research was about the retention of women in STEM occupations.

Todd’s career has included various positions in business development and strategy, sales, product management, product marketing, customer and data analytics, solution architecture and implementation consultation. Todd has experience working in many countries throughout Europe and Asia Pacific. 

Todd earned her DBA – as well as her BA in Marketing and Management – from Saint Leo University. She earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tampa.

Eric Villafranca, MBA, MS

Villafranca comes to The Citadel after teaching data visualization and management information systems at Baylor University, where he also earned his Ph.D in Information Systems.

He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, a Master of Business Administration from Sam Houston State University, and a Master of Science in Information Systems from Baylor University, before beginning his Ph.D. program.

Before beginning his education, Villafranca served in the U.S. Air Force for eight years, first as a Communications and Navigations Missions Systems Technician stationed at Yokota Air Base in Japan and, later a weather forecaster in the Texas Air National Guard, providing weather support during natural disasters for the U.S. Army North and their Defense Support of Civil Authorities mission. He left the Air Force as a senior airman.

Marketing, Supply Chain Management and Economics

Hee Yoon Kwon, Ph.D.

Kwons has varied teaching and research interests. He is an expert in post-disaster humanitarian supply chains, gamified and game-based learning, and immersive technologies – like virtual and augmented reality – as well as their behavioral impacts in learning, operations, and supply chain management.

According to Kwon, he works to challenge and support his students to engage in real-world and hands-on projects, such as national public service announcement contests and op-ed writing projects.

Kwon joined The Citadel after working as a consultant and assistant manager for multiple institutions in Korea.

He holds a Ph.D. in Supply Chain Management from the University of Rhode Island, a Master’s degree in International Studies from Seoul National University and a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from Korea University.