Education – The Citadel Today Fri, 04 Mar 2022 22:35:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Education – The Citadel Today 32 32 144096890 Three institutions awarded $1.12M in grants for teacher education ‘Centers of Excellence’ Fri, 04 Mar 2022 22:30:13 +0000 Leadership Symposium, Swain Family School of Science and Mathematics, School of Engineering, Zucker Family School of Education, Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business,Leadership Symposium, Swain Family School of Science and Mathematics, School of Engineering, Zucker Family School of Education, Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business,"As our state seeks to overcome a historic teacher shortage, these programs will provide support to key areas identified by the receiving institutions."]]> Leadership Symposium, Swain Family School of Science and Mathematics, School of Engineering, Zucker Family School of Education, Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business,Leadership Symposium, Swain Family School of Science and Mathematics, School of Engineering, Zucker Family School of Education, Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business,

Photo above: Leadership Symposium including faculty and students from the Zucker Family School of Education in 2019 on The Citadel campus.

SC Commission on Higher Education announces new grant to include The Citadel’s Zucker Family School of Education

Announcement provided by as provided by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education

Columbia, SC — The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (CHE) announced today that three in-state colleges and universities will receive grants totaling $1.12M to support “Centers of Excellence” featuring specific programs for the development of best practices in teaching-related areas. 

The Citadel, Francis Marion University, and Clemson University will receive the grants, which are made available through the South Carolina Education Improvement Act (EIA) of 1984 and distributed over a three-year term. 

Each institution’s center specializes in a critical area for teachers’ effective service to the education needs of South Carolina. The FY22 amounts and areas are:
•    $129,580 awarded to The Citadel, specializing in STEM and Literacy.
•    $128,652 awarded to Clemson University, specializing in school administrator training to address teacher retention.  
•    $89,989 awarded to Francis Marion University, specializing in teacher retention and induction in the Pee Dee region.

“As our state seeks to overcome a historic teacher shortage, these programs will provide support to key areas identified by the receiving institutions,” said Dr. Mariam W. Dittmann, director of the CHE’s Office of Academic Affairs and Licensing. “We are excited to see these centers implement concepts that address our teacher shortage head-on.” 

The FY 2021-22 grants called for proposals to focus centers on collaboration with rural school(s)/districts and/or low-performing school(s). Specifically, the proposals were asked to support:  

•    Professional development in leadership/principalship training to the K-12 education community to create a positive school environment/culture for teacher retention. 
•    Improved teaching practices in STEM and literacy. 
•    Increased teacher induction rate of Lowcountry and/or Pee Dee regions to raise teacher retention rates.
•    Raising educator’s awareness of college and career readiness at middle and high school levels. 

Any public or private college/university in the state authorized by the South Carolina State Board of Education to offer one or more-degree programs at graduate or undergraduate levels for the preparation of teachers is eligible to apply. 

Learn more about the undergraduate and graduate programs offered by The Citadel’s Zucker Family of Education. The Citadel has educated educators since the 1960s.

Families with children struggling in school say Oak Ridge Military Academy, with leadership from a Citadel grad, helps students achieve Fri, 11 Feb 2022 15:10:13 +0000 Caroline McKaughan credits her time at The Citadel for instilling within her the attitude of service, leadership capacity and educational training she’s needed to fulfill her role in serving the cadets at Oak Ridge Military Academy.]]>

Note: The college reached out to Caroline McKaughan (photo above), who graduated from the Corps of Cadets with a Bachelor of Science in Social Studies Education in 2009, and received the information below.

Caroline (Rudd) McKaughan followed her father, Lt. Col. Norman Rudd, USA (Ret.), ’84, to The Citadel, graduating in 2009.

Since then, Caroline has served in a variety of roles at Oak Ridge Military Academy for the past 13 years, including teacher, coach and dorm parent. Caroline earned her M.A. in Liberal Studies from Duke University in 2018, and since January 2019, she’s served as the Academy’s Academic Dean. She is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Appalachian State University and is happily married to Sergeant Patrick McKaughan of the Winston-Salem Police Department with twin stepsons currently in college.

Caroline credits her time at The Citadel for instilling within her the attitude of service, leadership capacity and educational training she’s needed to fulfill her role in serving the cadets at Oak Ridge Military Academy. Oak Ridge also has four current seniors with acceptances to The Citadel for Fall 2022. Go Bulldogs!

As seen on WGHP – FOX 8 Greensboro, NC, by Bob Buckley

OAK RIDGE, N.C. (WGHP) — For many families, the worst part of the pandemic was when their children couldn’t be taught in-person at their school.

There wasn’t much the larger public schools could do about that, but that didn’t make it any easier for families like the Newtons. Although their son did fine with remote learning, like a lot of kids, their daughter Makena – normally an excellent student – struggled with it. 

But they found an answer they hadn’t been thinking of just up the road at the Oak Ridge Military Academy.

“There were a lot of reasons that it worked: it was a small class size…leadership skills, character building, and it’s just an excellent institution that’s just a mile from our house,” said Makena’s mom, Lisa Newton.

Although Makena doesn’t live on campus, many of the academy’s roughly 100 cadets do, which allowed them to be able to navigate the pandemic in the way most schools can’t.

“We’re resilient, and we have staying power, and that was reinforced during the COVID period,” said the man they call “Major B.” Bobby Barbera has taught at the school for 56 years. 

That’s not a typo. He’s been there since the fall of 1966, although he looks young enough to have arrived just a dozen years ago.

But it’s not just that the school had little remote learning during the pandemic, it’s the atmosphere they’ve created and nurtured here over the 170 years of its existence that makes the difference. First, there is the family dynamic.

“It sounds cheesy, and I tell this to the parents when they bring them around my room: you can actually make a difference with a kid, here,” Barbera said. “A kid who comes here as a boarding student…spends more time with us than he does his parents.”

Also, it’s the discipline that the military portion of their name instills that works wonders for many of the students.

“Our students know what’s required of them every moment of the day. Having that structure, having the attention of the adults here and the smaller environment stays on top of students that are struggling,” said Academic Dean Caroline McKaughan.

McKaughan knows the value of that first hand as a graduate of The Citadel in Charleston, SC. 

As academic dean, she hears from parents who love the transformation their children make, often telling McKaughan, “My child made a 180. They’re a totally different person. They’re confident. They have the best grades they’ve ever had.”

Ninety-eight percent of Oak Ridge Military Academy students are accepted to colleges, and the teachers there say they’re not surprised.

“The teaching is like euphoria for the true teacher,” said Carolyn Wray, who taught for 29 years in North Carolina public schools. “The classrooms are small. If you see a child that really is behind or needs extra help, you’ve always got the time to work with him.”

See more about how the Oak Ridge Military Academy operates in this edition of the Buckley Report.

Future STEM leaders are thrilled! Storm The Citadel is back Fri, 05 Nov 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Children competitors cheering at Storm The CtiadelChildren competitors cheering at Storm The CtiadelStorm The Citadel STEM competitions return to campus Feb. 12, 2022. Registration underway.]]> Children competitors cheering at Storm The CtiadelChildren competitors cheering at Storm The Ctiadel

December 20th deadline for K-12 teams to register

Storm The Citadel competitions are almost as exhilarating to watch as they are to participate in. There are object flying through the air, launched by tiny (or huge) trebuchets. There are speeding water bottle rockets. There is a bridge building contest and Lego robotic competitions too.

After a COVID-19 hiatus, Storm The Citadel is back, scheduled to be held on campus Saturday, Feb. 12, in Charleston, South Carolina. Teachers and team leaders are already preparing.

Carolina Park K-5 Trebuchet Team competing at Storm The Citadel 2019
Carolina Park K-5 Trebuchet Team competing at Storm The Citadel 2019

Oh yes, it is fun, but it is the brain-building lessons in science, technology, engineering and mathematics leading up to the competitions, and the learnings that stick with students long after, that make Storm The Citadel especially worthwhile.

Registration information

Teams comprised of students from grades K – 12 come from across South Carolina, as well as other states in southeast. Their teachers use the competition preparation in classrooms as hands-on, curriculum-enhancing lessons, that also help students learn to work as a team.

The Citadel STEM Center of Excellence encourages teachers and team leaders to register now for Storm The Citadel 2022, by going to this link. The last day to register is Dec. 20, 2021. There are virtual training sessions for teachers and coaches new to Storm The Citadel, along with funding to help the public school teams buy supplies and travel to campus.

Students from across South Carolina and beyond participate in Storm The Citadel, an annual event hosted by the Citadel STEM Center, at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday, February 8, 2020.

The event, which draw hundreds of students, teachers, coaches, parents and spectators each year, was developed in 2011 with help from Jennifer Albert, Ph.D., director for the STEM Center of Excellence. Albert specializes in STEM educational evaluation and research, with an emphasis on K-16 computer science education, science education, educational assessment, and STEM classroom implementation. Albert also recently received a Fulbright grant award to do research in Australia.

Other STEM Center events

The Citadel STEM Center of Excellence hosts numerous events and camps serving students and educators. A list of upcoming events is below, or can be found at this link.

Need to borrow some Ozobots?

The Center also has materials for teachers in the Lowcountry to check out to use with their students, such as Ozobots, Micro:bits and Squishy Circuits. The list of available materials and the form to request them can be found here.

About The Citadel STEM Center of Excellence

The STEM Center at The Citadel works to prepare students for the 21st-century workforce. A collaborative effort of The Citadel’s Schools of Education, Engineering, and Science & Mathematics, The STEM Center delivers outreach initiatives to increase P-20 student interest, participation, and opportunities in the STEM disciplines and develop innovative programming related to teacher preparation and professional development activities. The STEM Center also supports The Citadel’s efforts to produce more graduates who are poised to become successful leaders in the STEM fields.

Dean Evan Ortlieb named to 2021 class of Forty under 40 Sun, 19 Sep 2021 10:00:00 +0000 Evan OrtliebEvan OrtliebThe Charleston Regional Business Journal has announced the 2021 class of Forty Under 40 honorees, including Dean Evan Ortlieb.]]> Evan OrtliebEvan Ortlieb

Note: Evan Ortlieb, Ph.D., is the dean of the Zucker Family School of Education.

As seen in the Charleston Regional Business Journal, by Andy Owens

The Charleston Regional Business Journal announces the 2021 class of Forty Under 40 honorees today.

Each year, the Business Journal and its sponsors and partners recognize the Forty Under 40 during a special event and awards ceremony. Profiles of the individual honorees also are published in a special print section of the Business Journal.

The annual awards recognize the professional success and community involvement of 40 professionals under age 40 who are making their mark on the region from a mix of industry, professional and community sectors.

Nominations are submitted by individuals, businesses, organizations and colleagues. Judges independently score the nominations, and 40 emerge from the pool of candidates for the final list of honorees.

The Forty Under 40 Class of 2021 will be featured in a special section of the Aug. 23 edition of the Charleston Regional Business Journal.

A special event will be held live from 6-8:30 p.m., Sept. 30 at the Charleston Gaillard Center. Click here for ticket information.

West Ashley High’s Adam ‘AJ’ Barnes named 2021 CCSD Teacher of the Year Mon, 30 Aug 2021 15:09:59 +0000 Adam AJ Barnes 1Adam AJ Barnes 1Both Adam “AJ’ Barnes and runner-up Abigail Best have benefited from the Zucker Family School of Education at The Citadel.]]> Adam AJ Barnes 1Adam AJ Barnes 1

Note: Both Adam “AJ’ Barnes and runner-up Abigail Best have benefited from the Zucker Family School of Education at The Citadel. Barnes attended Educational Leadership classes in 2020 through a certification program and Best graduated with a Masters in Educational Leadership in 2020. (Photo courtesy: Grace Beahm Alford, The Post and Courier)

As seen in The Post and Courier, by Libby Stanford

For Adam “AJ” Barnes, being a teacher is about more than giving lectures and helping students ace their tests. It’s about building relationships and a community where students thrive.

The Charleston County School District named the West Ashley High School social studies teacher and baseball coach its 2021 Teacher of the Year. Barnes is in his fifth year teaching and coaching at the high school. 

Barnes was joined by his family, colleagues, the West Ashley cheerleading squad and many balloons when he accepted his award Aug. 26.

The teacher was one of five finalists throughout the district. In order to receive the recognition, Barnes had to give a tour of the high school, provide a model lesson to be critiqued and go through an extensive interview process with a panel of judges.

The other four finalists for the award included runner-up Abigail Best from James B. Edwards Elementary School, Candace Bare from Ladson Elementary School, Katie Johnston from the East Cooper Center for Advanced Studies, and Vickie Klatt from St. Andrew’s School of Math and Science.

Although he’s grateful for the recognition, Barnes was quick to put the focus back on the students.

“It’s not about me,” he said. “I’m tremendously honored and humbled to represent this district, this school, our community and, most importantly, our great kids.”

The past year and a half has been like no other. Barnes, like so many other teachers, spent the 2020-21 school year juggling in-person and virtual classes via Zoom.

He’s watched as students and staff members test positive for COVID-19, were put in and out of quarantines, and manage to keep it all together while everything remains uncertain.

While he’s proud of what he was able to accomplish, Barnes said it’s even more impressive to see the capabilities of the students.

“Especially this past year, with everything that we’ve gone through, you begin to appreciate the resiliency of those kids,” he said.

The relationships that Barnes has cultivated with students in his U.S. history classes and on West Ashley’s baseball team have been even stronger during the pandemic.

The teacher said he has found himself more invested in student home lives and families now that they’re faced with these challenges.

“Teaching is about being the whole package and caring about the whole student,” he said. “If anything, (the pandemic) has brought that to the forefront. It’s emphasized, once again, for so many of us why we do what we do.”

Barnes’ dedication to his students and his ability to problem solve, especially during the pandemic, make him stand out amongst the crowd of teachers, said West Ashley Principal Ryan Cumback.

Being able to recognize teachers for their accomplishments is especially important during the pandemic, Cumback said.

“They have hands down the toughest job right now,” he said. “You don’t know what you’re going to get day to day. … It’s just tough. Teachers can get burnt out really quick and we try and pamper them as much as humanly possible because they deserve it.”

As teacher of the year, Barnes will lead the Teacher of the Year Roundtable, where he will read applications and help choose finalists for the next year’s winner.

West Ashley High School social studies teacher AJ Barnes is congratulated by his niece Harper Spellman, fiancee Kristen Pignatello and nephew Cole Spellman after the Charleston County School District announces Barnes as the 2021 Teacher of the Year on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, in Charleston. (Courtesy: Grace Beahm Alford, The Post and Courier)

BCSD superintendent prioritizes collaboration and connection in new role Wed, 18 Aug 2021 18:56:06 +0000 Deon Jackson is a member of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets Class of 1999; he also earned master's degrees from The Citadel in '05 and '13.]]>

Note: Deon Jackson, photo above, is a member of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets Class of 1999; he also earned degrees through The Citadel Graduate College in 2005 and 2013.

As seen in The Daniel Island News, by Elizabeth Horton

Deon Jackson spent six years working as a teacher in the classroom and plans to use that foundation to cultivate relationships with staff, parents, students, and stakeholders in his new role as Berkeley County School District’s (BCSD) superintendent.

His 100 Day Plan focuses on lofty goals, such as improving organizational culture, facilitating efficiency of operations, maintaining safety and security, and maximizing students’ academic potential.

Jackson officially assumed the position on July 1, 2021. Previously, he served as the chief administrative officer for pupil services for BCSD. He is a graduate of The Citadel and is currently pursuing a Ph.D from the University of South Carolina.

“Some of my very best days and memories were from my time as a classroom teacher, but I also remember the challenges I faced,” Jackson said. “So I will work with our Teacher Forum to ensure that teacher voices are represented when making decisions that affect our schools.”

After spending time in the classroom, Jackson served as principal of Cane Bay Middle and St. Stephen Middle and assistant principal at Timberland High. In 2014, he was named BCSD Middle School Principal of the Year at Cane Bay.

Jackson said that the district does have its challenges, but he prefers to see them as opportunities.

“We are tasked with addressing our students’ unfinished learning,” he noted. “We have received specific funding to offer our students enhanced academic support and intervention, and we are working hand-in-hand with our principals and teachers to identify the best strategies for supporting learning when our students return.”

The district welcomes public input and encourages families to complete the surveys available through email or online.

“We are also tasked with opening and operating schools while COVID-19 continues to have an impact on many of our families and communities,” Jackson explained. “We released the BCSD Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan earlier this summer and continue to review and update the information as needed. In this plan, we outline how we will work to maintain health and safety in our buildings, approach policies and practices regarding CDC recommendations, complete contract tracing and implement quarantine guidelines, among many other topics related to opening schools that will be of interest to our families.”

Berkeley County’s rapid growth is another “opportunity.” Jackson said that the school district cannot plan for and manage growth alone; his goal is to collaborate with county government leaders, municipal leaders, and communities to develop sustainable and efficient plans for growth.

Additionally, he prefers to focus on the positives that came with the pandemic. 

“The crisis forced us all to push outside of our silos and collaborate more effectively,” Jackson noted. “We improved our communication platforms and processes to receive feedback, we watched in awe as our teachers transformed learning and engaged students effectively in a pandemic, and we expanded our community and business partnerships. We now have a road map that we can follow in the future to deliver education and support to our students and families during crises in a more effective way.”

He continued, “We were forced to finitely review everything that we do, and, as a result, we have improved in ways we never knew we needed to.”

On Aug. 16, Jackson will send two of his youngest children off to school in the district he is charged with overseeing. The success of BCSD, its staff, students and communities is a personal investment for Jackson — a married father of five who enjoys cooking and spending time with his family, cheering them on as they pursue their interests.

Charleston County School District appoints new Academic Magnet principal Mon, 14 Jun 2021 10:00:00 +0000 Jacob Perlmutter, the new principal for Academic Magnet, earned a Master's of Education degree through The Citadel Graduate College in 2009.]]>

Note: Jacob Perlmutter, photo above, earned a Master’s of Education degree from The Citadel in 2009. The college recently asked him to reflect on the value of education from The Citadel Graduate College.

In my studies in the graduate program at The Citadel’s Zucker Family School of Education, I learned about school law, educational policy and project management, but I was really learning about character, about conviction and about integrity. The school has a reputation for leadership but for me, those late night classes in Capers Hall were all about service…about finding a way to make a meaningful contribution to the world.

Jacob Perlmutter, The Citadel Graduate College Class of 2009

As seen in The Post and Courier, by Libby Stanford

Academic Magnet High School will be under the leadership of Jacob Perlmutter, starting July 1. 

The Charleston County School District announced Perlmutter as the new principal on June 3. Perlmutter is taking over the position from Catherine Spencer, who is leaving the school to open an international school in Cairo, Egypt. 

Perlmutter is no stranger to the district or Academic Magnet. He graduated from the high school in 1995 before going on to study at the College of Charleston, Fordham University and The Citadel. 

Most recently, he worked as the principal of Jerry Zucker Middle School in North Charleston, a position he has held since 2011.

In Perlmutter’s time as principal, the school was awarded four consecutive National Showcase School Awards from Capturing Kids Hearts, a program that helps schools improve social and emotional learning and culture. 

The middle school was recognized for having outstanding focus on social-emotional well-being, relationship-driven campus culture and student connectedness, according to a news release.  

The principal also teaches as an adjunct professor in the school of education, health and human performance at the College of Charleston. 

Before returning to Charleston to teach, Perlmutter taught at Harry S. Truman High School in New York City. In all, he has taught students from sixth grade to graduate school, according to the news release. 

Perlmutter will be entering Academic Magnet after the school experienced four years of success under Spencer’s leadership. In 2020 and 2021, the school placed second in the U.S. World News and Report’s ranking of high schools across the nation. In 2019, it placed first. 

In 2021, the school produced 16 of the district’s 21 National Merit Scholars, who competed against students across the country to receive college scholarships. One of those scholars, Lily Lassiter, was also awarded the 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholarship.

Lassiter was one of 14 students from the school to be a semifinalist for the scholarship program, which is only awarded to one male and one female student in each state. She is also the second student from the school to receive the distinction in the past four years.

In the news release, Joseph Williams, the district’s associate superintendent of secondary learning, said the district chose Perlmutter because of his experience as a former student of the school and as “his natural ability to build community.”

Thirteen graduate students at The Citadel inducted into Education honors society Thu, 27 May 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Thirteen graduate students at The Citadel, who are current and future leaders in education, join Kappa Delta Pi honor society.]]>

Current and future leaders in education join Kappa Delta Pi honor society

Thirteen graduate students with The Citadel’s Zucker Family School of Education are now part of a prestigious honor society meant to enhance excellence in education.

For more than 100 years, the honor organization has consistently grown. It currently has an initiated membership of more than 1.2 million.

The vision of Kappa Delta Pi is to help committed educators be leaders in improving education for global citizenship.

In order to be invited into Kappa Delta Pi, students must: demonstrate leadership attributes, have completed at least six credit hours of graduate work and maintain a high grade point average.

“The education that our recent graduates received as part of The Citadel experience is the footing they will use to maintain the high ideals of this Society and to extend its influence,” said Evan Ortlieb, Ph.D., dean of the Zucker Family School of Education. “Principled leaders are influencers through training and through practice. The axiom ‘to whom much is given, much is required’ rings truer than ever if we think about our inductees’ development, cultivated over their time studying in preparation to influence others through diverse careers in education.”

The students who were inducted into the organization during a virtual ceremony in late April, just prior to The Citadel’s commencement week activities, are:

  • Keyona Babb
  • Jesse Brooks
  • Tricia Delice
  • Stephanie Fye
  • William Kay
  • Scott Lusby
  • Sade Nelson
  • Melissa Odom
  • Jessica Orcutt
  • Sonja Raines
  • Claire Ryan
  • Elsie Schloegl
  • Norma Smith

Some past members who have made outstanding contributions to the development of professional education include: Albert Einstein, George Washington Carver, Eleanor Roosevelt and Margaret Mead.

Three finalists for superintendent of Berkeley County School District include two Citadel graduates Wed, 19 May 2021 21:16:30 +0000 The Zucker Family School of Education and Berkeley County School District have a longstanding relationship, which is set to enter a new era.]]>

Photo: (left to right) Glenda Gibson Levine, Ed.D., ’21; Anthony Dixon, Ed.D.; and Deon Jackson, ’99, ‘ 05, ’13.

Update: Deon Jackson has been selected as the new superintendent of Berkeley County School District.

Even before the three finalists for superintendent were named, there was a longstanding relationship between The Citadel’s Zucker Family School of Education and the Berkeley County School District.

Now, with two graduates from the ZFSOE in the final three for the district’s top spot, that connection is expected to enter a new era and grow even stronger.

“The Zucker Family School of Education prides itself on its history of exceptional programming but moreover, its promise of ongoing support through The Citadel for Life program,” said Evan Ortlieb, Ph.D., dean of the ZFSOE. “Glenda and Deon are exemplary examples of principled leadership in Berkeley County and we wish them the best for their superintendent candidacy.”

In addition to providing candidates for leadership, the ZFSOE plans to serve as Berkeley County’s higher education provider for three programs:

For more information on graduate cohort programs, contact Lee Westberry, Ed.D., at

As seen on WCBD – Count on 2, by Tim Renaud

The Berkeley County School District’s Board of Trustees has named three finalists in their search for a new superintendent.

It comes after Dr. Eddie Ingram announced his plans to retire as superintendent back in January.

The board of trustees voted on the three finalists during a special meeting last month – their decision comes after a thorough review of all applicants, and interviews with semi-finalist applicants.

“The Board of Trustees was very pleased with the caliber of all of the finalists,” said Dave Barrow, BCSD Board Chair. “We look forward to the next phase in the search.”

The three finalists include Dr. Anthony S. Dixon, who has served as the Chief Administrative Officer – School Services (Secondary Schools) for the Berkeley County School District since July 1, 2020, Deon D. Jackson who currently serves as the Chief Administrative Officer for Pupil Services for the Berkeley County School District, and Dr. Glenda Gibson Levine who actively serves as the Chief Diversity Officer for the Berkeley County School District.

Dr. Anthony S. Dixon has served as the Chief Administrative Officer – School Services (Secondary Schools) for the Berkeley County School District since July 1, 2020. Prior to this, he served as the Executive Director of Academics and Innovation as well as principal of Sanders-Clyde and Memminger School of Global Studies. He served as principal for Philip Simmons High School, Philip Simmons Middle School and Cainhoy Elementary School. He previously served as an Assistant Principal at Daniel Island School and Boulder Bluff Elementary School and as a Special Education Teacher at St. Stephen and Memminger Elementary Schools. Dixon earned his Ed.D. and Ed.S. degrees from South Carolina State University, Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education from The University of Charleston and a B.S. from College of Charleston.

Deon D. Jackson currently serves as the Chief Administrative Officer for Pupil Services for the Berkeley County School District. Prior to this, he has served as the Senior Associate Superintendent of Operations and Administration, Interim Superintendent and Chief Administrative Officer in Berkeley County. He also served as a principal at Cane Bay Middle School and St. Stephen Middle School. Jackson served as a classroom teacher in Berkeley County for four years and in Lancaster County for two years. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. He earned his Ed.S. and M.Ed. from The Citadel.

Dr. Glenda Gibson Levine currently serves as the Chief Diversity Officer for the Berkeley County School District. Prior to this, she served as the Chief Human Resource Officer and Director of Secondary Education in Berkeley County. She previously served as a principal of Hanahan High School, assistant principal of Stratford High School, a teacher evaluator, and a classroom teacher at Stratford High School and Goose Creek High School. She also served as a classroom teacher in the Williamsburg County School District. Levine is currently pursuing an Ed.S. from The Citadel. She earned an Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University, an M.Ed. from Charleston Southern University, and a B.S. from Benedict Collect.

The board expects to name the superintendent by the end of May.

All about The Citadel Graduate College Class of 2021 Tue, 11 May 2021 21:25:40 +0000 The commencement ceremony for the Citadel Graduate College Class of 2021 takes place in McAlister Field House at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Sunday, May 9, 2021. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)The commencement ceremony for the Citadel Graduate College Class of 2021 takes place in McAlister Field House at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Sunday, May 9, 2021. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)More than 230 undergraduate transfer and graduate students participated in the spring commencement events. ]]> The commencement ceremony for the Citadel Graduate College Class of 2021 takes place in McAlister Field House at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Sunday, May 9, 2021. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)The commencement ceremony for the Citadel Graduate College Class of 2021 takes place in McAlister Field House at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Sunday, May 9, 2021. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)

We celebrate the achievements of our extraordinary graduates of the Class of 2021. They stand strong sharing the common bonds of honor, duty and respect – the Core Values of a Citadel graduate.

Sally Selden, Ph.D., SMP
The Citadel Provost and Dean of the College
May 9, 2021

The Citadel Graduate College Class of 2021 celebrated commencement in McAlister Field House on campus during two ceremonies on May 9. More than 230 undergraduate transfer and graduate students participated in the spring commencement events.


The Citadel Graduate College kicked off commencement with an awards event. Students and faculty were celebrated for exceptional achievements on Thursday, May 6, with the following individuals being recognized:

Faculty Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Graduate College
Dr. Kevin Skenes

Graduate Student Award for Academic Excellence and Leadership
Addison Dame

College Transfer Program Award for Academic Excellence and Leadership
Catherine Brooks

The Veteran Student Success Center Award for Academic Excellence in Leadership
Ashley Towers

Hirshey Awards
Glenda Levine
Molly O’Reilly
Stephanie Fye
Elizabeth Ceccoli
Ferhana Shah

Aline Mahan Award
Department of Psychology, Ed.S., Class of 2021

J. Patrick Leverett Award
Shawnte Posley

Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa Award for Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Leadership Studies
Aliènne AJ Salleroli

Lindbergh Awards
Brianna C. Rice
Parker L. Bass

MBA Faculty Member of the Year
Dr. Jeremy Bennett

MBA Student of the Year
Timothy Jones

Business College Transfer Program Faculty of the Year
Theresa Strong

Business College Transfer Program Student of the Year
Steven Turano

P. Michael Politanto Graduate Research Award
Nathan Adams

Citadel Graduate College legacy students

The cherished tradition of legacy diploma presentations continued in 2021. There were eleven Citadel Graduate College graduates who were joined on stage by a grandparent, parent or a child who were alumni of The Citadel.

The special presenters included:

Dr. Mark A Bebensee, Honorary Member, ’83
Catherine Diane DeMers, ’04
Lieutenant Colonel Gregory Wegner Dyson Sr., USA (Ret.), ’69
James Steven Gaskins, ’05
Kimberly Joseph, ’12
Andres Eduardo Lorduy, ’18
EOD3 Nicholas J. McKenna, USN, ’17
Daniel J. “Jim” Rieker, ’99
Major J. Stephen Veyera, USA, (Ret.), ’13
William “Bill” Lewis Yaeger Jr., ’83

Norman Seabrooks, ’73, presented with honorary degree; provides commencement speech on resilience

Mr. Norman Seabrooks provides the key address during the commencement ceremony for the Citadel Graduate College Class of 2021 on Sunday, May 9, 2021.

Norman Seabrooks graduated as a member of The South Carolina Corps of Cadets in 1973, eventually becoming a market president for the Fortune 500 company, Aetna.

During his time as a cadet, Seabrooks was a three-year starter at defensive tackle for the Bulldogs and the first African American co-captain of the football team.

Seabrooks was presented with an honorary degree from The Citadel, just prior to addressing the graduates.

Left to right: Col. Myron Harrington, Mr. Norman Seabrooks, and The Citadel President, Gen. Glenn M. Walters, on stage during the commencement ceremony for the Citadel Graduate College Class of 2021 in McAlister Field House at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Sunday, May 9, 2021.

For his legacy of ethical leadership, sportsmanship, and service to his community, The Citadel Board of Visitors is proud to award Norman Seabrooks the honorary Doctor of Leadership and Ethics in Commerce degree.

Gen. Glenn M. Walters,
The Citadel President
May 9, 2020

Seabrooks shared some of his life story, including successes and failures, and provided sage guidance on building and sustaining a successful career and life.

Watch Norman Seabrook’s commencement speech below.

Norman Seabrook, Citadel Class of 1973, addressing The Citadel Graduate College Class of 2021 at McAlister Field House May 9, 2021.

Congratulations to all of The Citadel Graduate College Class of 2021 graduates

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
John Daniel Del Barrio
Sara Nicole Parris

Bachelor of Arts in Intelligence and Security Studies
Kenneth Powell Harwood

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Michael Carey Shirey
Willis Charles Smith
Darius Denzel Warren

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Katelyn Marie Arnold
Tommy Barfield Baker
Alan Leroy Barker Jr.
Jonathan Paul Boxx
David Franklin Braun Jr.
Carla Lynn Bryan
Jennifer Lynne Byrd
Michael James Fewell
Margaret Chandler Fowler
Olivia Bailey LaRoche
Jessica Ann Simmons
Brandon Allen Welch

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
Joseph Peter Arnold
Bryan Robert Bocock
Matthew Bolick
Jose Victor Contreras
Joshua Thomas Leming
Colby Alexander Poplin
Brianna Cheree Rice
Jonathan Andrew-McCarty Strobel

Bachelor of science in Construction Engineering
Parker Lee Bass

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
Brittney Marie Deckard
Joseph Raymond Demelis
Travis Tremaine Eldell
Michael Ryan Greco
Emma Rae Bevins Hefner
Andrew Jacob Hinson
Matthew Shawn Mullinax II
Tyrone Malik Richardson Tanco
Eric Edward Smalls
Matthew James Stallings
Kenwell Richard Stoll Jr.
Lily Ann Wald

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Taylor Blanton
Steven Buckwalter
Stephen Jack Channell
Christopher Durphey Clifton
Luis Humberto Garcia
Cameron Thaddeus Jordan
Leinyuy Veradzem Laisin
Daniel James Ludwigsen
Denny Lamar Middleton
Benjamin Thomas Perry
Grant Sullivan Ritter
Stephen Sanada
Inez Gisela Shapiro
Sara Ann Chester Surrett

Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Melissa Anne Bell
Drexyl Blair
Vivian Marie Delgado
Ariel Domke
Jacqueline Shealy Gorrin
Courtney Huskey
Leah Ann Kibler
CheVonne Whitley Lindsey
Courtney Marsh
Addie Elizabeth McCracken
Allyson Suzanne McRae
Logan Ivy Nelson
Meghan Elizabeth Nyers
Kali Elizabeth Potes
Abby Rovick
Claire Seabrook
Catherine Brooks Sexton
Kathleen Durst Talbert
Hugh Davis Von Meding

Master of Arts in Biology
Elena Ann Burgess
Rian Derek Burris
Claudia Berry Sams
Marian Cristina Smith

Master of Arts in English
Olivia Anne Guillet

Master of Arts in History
Anthony John Kniffin Jr.
Betty Sterling Sadler

Master of Arts in Intelligence and Security Studies
Craig Randall DuBose
Sarah Ann Fink
Cole Edward Huffman
Megan Elizabeth Kasprzak
John Christian Lines
Corey Alexander Neal

Master of Arts in International Political Science and Military Affairs
Brett Alastair Honeycutt
Cornelius Peeler
Anna Eloise Sandgren
Timothy Richard Vrastil

Master of Arts in Military History
Betty Sterling Sadler
Martin Gregory Valles

Master of Arts in Sport Management
Bradley Tejohn Frasier

Master of Arts in Psychology
Ricco Gabriel
Ashley Nicole Harris
David Edward Johnsen
Clyde Talmadge Padgett Kahn
Emilio Jose Lopez-Powers
Kelsey Lynn Mazzocco
Gabrielle Mooneyham
Lesley Pena
Emily Dawn Sizemore
Virginia Blake Stallings
Caroline Beth Whitlock

Master of Arts in Social Science
Eramis Nicole Gethers

Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education Biology
Katherine Lee Dumont
Connor Elexander Macko

Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education Social Studies
Katherine Lee Dumont
William Alexander Kay
Jessie Elana Mintz
Ferhana Shah

Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education English
Elizabeth Grey Thomas

Master of Business Administration
Arne Albin Anderson
Katrina Elaine Billie
John Alexander Castleberry
Jonathan Chang
Christian Edward Cochran
Alexander Stephen Cosper
Bradley Diggins Costello
Kenneth Tyler Denison
Gregory Wegner Dyson Jr.
Zari Ebadeh Ahvazi
David Haynie Fant Jr.
John Alfred Fludd Jr.
Marion Terrell Foxworth Jr.
Ryan Farrell Graham
Daniel Jonathan Harrison
Nicholas Dillon Heffner
Hayden Gordon Hollinger
Stephen Matthew Holton
Samantha Mary Kolpak
Jin Ju Lee
Kelly Diane Linderman
Adriana Belen Lorduy
Seth William Malek
Katherine Anne Malloy
Michelle Love McDonald
Christopher George Melonas
Christine Anne Miller
Latoya Montgomery
Brandon James Mulier
Kavin Samy Panneerselvam
Coleman James Parler
William Bradley Pond
Jon-Paul McKinnon Ramsing
Elizabeth Devoll Rogers
Trevor Raymond Speelman
James R. Thompson
Jennifer Anne Veyera
Sean Ward
Brandon Matthew Watt
Benjamin Eugene Womick
Quintin Fitzgerald Wright Jr.
Lauraie Ann Zealy

Master of Education in Counselor Education
Elizabeth Ann Bassetti
Lorraine Marie Bebensee
Laurel Clark
Addison Dame
Caitlin Elizabeth DeMers
Vanessa Yvonne Kopp
Kileigh Michelle O’Brien
Molly O’Reilly
Elsie Cassandra Schloegl
Kimberly Nettles Sfreddo
Nicole Gabrielle Snow
Patricia Szczygiel

Master of Education in Educational Leadership School Administration
Kayla Paige Baker

Master of Education in Literacy Education
Elizabeth Ceccoli
Lauren Elizabeth Roche
Katherine Marie Warren

Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Jonathan Eric Pinto

Master of Science in Health Exercise Sport Science
Ramsha Shams

Master of Science in Leadership
Carey Dawn Gorden
Christopher Micah Peyton
Alienne Ashley Jessica Salleroli
Albert Wayne Walling Jr.

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Michael William Scullin

Master of Science in Project Management
Emily Morgan Peters
Matthew Edward Rushing
Suzanne Virginia Tully

Specialist in Education in Education Leadership School Superintendent
Deitra Lynn Clegg
Ashley Dominique Grech
Glenda Gibson Levine

  • Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity Daniel Patrick Ryan
  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Leadership – Stephanie Anne Fye, Rochelle Roper Johnson, Ryan Jeffrey McGill, Jacob Christopher Pilarski, Wayne Anthony Wright
  • Graduate Certificate in Intelligence Analysis – Jeffrey Scott Hoel, Joseph Netzel, Clark Alexander Roberts
  • Graduate Certificate in Leadership – Alexis Camille Bradfieldm Charles Robert Forsythe, Carey Dawn Gorden, Zachary Jones, Christopher Micah Peyton, Tara Jane Spencer
  • Graduate Certificate in Literacy Education – Elizabeth Ceccoli, Lauren Elizabeth Roche, Katherine Marie Warren
  • Graduate Certificate in Sport Management – Bradley Tejohn Frasier
  • Graduate Certificate in Student Affairs – Jamie Samantha Cannady, Jessie Colleen Cannon, Andrew Robert Nyser, Joshua Luke Simon
  • Graduate Certificate in Technical Project Management – Jonathan MJ Cain, Melissa Delaney Nenninger, Emily Morgan Peters, Matthew Edward Rushing, Suzanne Virginia Tully

Watch a brief recap of The Citadel Class of 2021 commencement ceremonies below.

The Citadel Graduate College students from December 2020

The names of the people from all sections of The Citadel Graduate College who graduated in December 2020 are as follows:

Abigail Stevens Best                                        
Adam C. Raynor                                              
Adrienne Louise Busch                                       
Alden Moinet Hathaway III                                   
Alexandria Marie English                                    
Alexis Noel Ayoub                                           
Alison Katherine Milz                                       
Allyson Elaine Burrell                                      
Alyssa Muraoka                                              
Amy Marie Baldwin                                           
Amy Michelle Paparozzi                                      
Andrea Gaskins Carlton                                      
Andrew B. Phelan                                            
Andrew Lewis Dolan                                          
Anna Rose Nelson                                            
Annalise Joy Boisvert                                       
Ashley Elizabeth Rutherford                                 
Aubrey Carson                                               
Aveus Cierra Johnson                                        
Benjamin Manuel Dacoba                                      
Blake Cody Mallett-Fuina                                    
Braiden Leigh Burdette                                      
Brandon Lee Rainey                                          
Brenna Rene Prince                                          
Brian Joseph Monk                                           
Brian Paul Scarborough                                      
Carolyn Claire Gutshall                                     
Chandler Marie Dodds                                        
Charles Wood Benton                                         
Chase Edward Hyland                                         
Chelsea Scott Keyes                                         
Clarence Ray Bocook Jr.                                     
Crystal Lashay Cochran                                      
Curtis Jerome Capers Jr.                                    
Dana Morales Kozak                                          
Dean Stanley Haggerty III                                   
Dimitra Michalaka                                           
Donald Charles Buzanowski II                                
Douglas Henry Gudenburr                                     
Edmund Jevon Gilchrist                                      
Elizabeth McLaurin Uptegrove                                
Emanuele Giogli                                             
Emanuele Giogli                                             
Gregory Richard Djoboulian                                  
Gregory Richard Djoboulian                                  
Harley Lauren Murphy                                        
Heather Lauren Studer                                       
Holly Thompson                                              
Hunter Cassidy Helms                                        
Ian James McCormack                                         
Ian Quin Russick                                            
James Caleb Robinson                                        
James Curtis Tingle                                         
Jason Alan Scott                                            
Jason Alan Scott                                            
Jason Alan Scott                                            
Jason Marc David                                            
Javonna Michelle Perry-Moultrie                             
Jeremy Joseph Carrick                                       
Jessica Baynes                                              
Jessie Montel Townsend III                                  
John Michael Ray                                            
John Patrick McKenna                                        
John Paul Semones                                           
John Thomas Welch                                           
Jonathan Meyer Workman                                      
Jordan Joseph Bradway                                       
Joshua Davidson Trac                                          
Julia Mae Luzon                                             
Kaila Xiomara Smith                                         
Kenneth Abram Wright Jr.                                    
Kevin Christopher Swain                                     
Kevin Joseph Dougherty                                      
Kimberly Ellis Waters                                       
Kimberly Larissa Palomo                                     
Kyle Robert Dickerman                                       
Leslie Arlen Cotter III                                     
Linnea McAnaw Parker                                        
Lisa Marie Calhoun                                          
Marei Martin Draper                                         
Matthew Douglas Brock                                       
Matthew Stephen Bonham                                      
Megan Elizabeth Yaeger                                      
Michael Sharpe                                              
Nathan Adams                                                
Nathan Jamar Haggwood                                       
Nicholas Edward Paramore                                    
Nicholas Erickson                                           
Nicholas Kollias                                            
Norris Aubrey Moore                                         
N’taallyah Wilder                                           
Orianna Isabella Baham                                      
Phillip T. Sexton                                           
Rebecca Leah Marazita                                       
Robert Gasque Howe II                                       
Ross Ian Caterino                                           
Russell Hunter Griffith Louis Jr.                           
Salondra Marie Griggs                                       
Shannon Nicole Turner                                       
Shasta Marie Rieker                                         
Sims Brooks Dozier                                          
Stephanie Darian Childers                                   
Stephanie Rose Clinevell                                    
Sumerlyn Cate Carruthers                                    
Thomas Scott Tezera                                         
Timothy Bryan Beckham                                       
Timothy Douglas Jones                                       
Victoria Rodriguez                                          
William Henderson Arnette                                   
William Jasper Lucas                                        
Zachary Andrew Hanchin