In The News – The Citadel Today Thu, 17 Sep 2020 13:09:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 In The News – The Citadel Today 32 32 144096890 The Citadel is committed to promoting a better understanding of America’s history Thu, 17 Sep 2020 10:00:00 +0000 "The enduring principles on which our country was founded offer a road map back to civil society and progress."]]>

As seen in The State, by Gen. Glenn Walters, USMC (Ret.), president of The Citadel

Leaders vexed by our nation’s season of discontent should recommit to ideas that seemed radical 244 years ago: the enduring principles on which our country was founded offer a road map back to civil society and progress.

Unfortunately, too few Americans know and understand these founding principles; even fewer recognize the context in which those principles were developed and applied by every generation since.

Indeed a 2018 survey revealed that:

▪ Only one in three Americans would pass the multiple-choice U.S. Citizenship Test.

▪ Only 24% knew why the colonists fought the British.

This lack of knowledge about history and civics may help explain both the confusion and misguided ideas we are seeing in recent public discourse.


It’s fair to point out that we have at times fallen short — sometimes appallingly short — of the overarching ideals outlined by our founders.

Slavery was a shameful episode in our history that took our nation’s bloodiest war to dismantle — and it was only 100 years ago that Congress ratified the 19th Amendment to give women their long overdue right to vote.

These historic events are uncomfortable to discuss. But they also reveal the genius behind our constitutional framework created by the same imperfect men who sanctioned these disaffecting conditions.

The framers of our Constitution recognized their own imperfections and created a process that has allowed the document to be amended, resulting in progress and reform.

This is a uniquely American story.

It started with the radical idea that “all men are created equal” in the Declaration of Independence — a powerful idea that reappeared many times in our history, driving progress for civil rights and reform.

In his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. masterfully reasoned that “when an ordinance is used to preserve segregation and deny citizens the First Amendment privilege of peaceable assembly and protest, then it becomes unjust.”

King also pointed out the injustice of tactics used to deny African Americans their voting rights.

The prominence of these arguments set the stage for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.


In short, we don’t need to “burn down the system” — our citizens need to better understand the system so they can contribute to making progress and reforms.

With that in mind The Citadel has added a timely new course requirement so our graduates will be fully prepared to help lead the process of forming “a more perfect Union.”

The course, Leadership in American Government and Society, is an interdisciplinary examination of civic leadership and ethics in America from the founding of the country to the present.

Every cadet will examine selected case studies from different eras to illustrate how the founding documents have guided different types of American leaders in defending and advancing America’s fundamental principles amid the needs of changing times.

Many of our cadets will commit to defending our Constitution through military service after graduation, and we believe all of our graduates should understand civics well enough to help constructively guide our nation through times of trouble.

Nationally our schools should place more emphasis on our nation’s history and civics. At The Citadel, I can assure that we will do our part.

Retired Gen. Glenn Walters became the 20th president of The Citadel in 2018. A member of The Citadel’s Class of 1979, Walters previously served as the 34th Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, the Corps’ second-highest ranking officer.

Commentary: Goldfinch’s power play hurt Citadel, all SC colleges Tue, 15 Sep 2020 10:00:00 +0000 "As a Citadel graduate who served as a state senator from Charleston for 12 years and a member of the Citadel Board of Visitors for eight years, I find the whole situation extremely troubling."]]>

As seen in The Post and Courier, by Thomas Dewey Wise

The core values of The Citadel are honor, duty and respect. Unfortunately, state Sen. Stephen Goldfinch Jr., a 2004 graduate, exhibited none of those values recently when he publicly harassed and bullied Board of Visitors Chairman Fred Price into resigning.

As a Citadel graduate who served as a state senator from Charleston for 12 years and a member of the Citadel Board of Visitors for eight years, I find the whole situation extremely troubling.

Underpinning South Carolina’s three branches of government are thousands of local men and women who serve on boards and commissions overseeing the daily operations of school boards, state commissions and state boards, without which state government could not operate. These selfless men and women serve largely without pay, devote countless hours to the task and frequently go unrecognized.

Fred Price is one of those who serve in this capacity. Fred is a successful businessman from Columbia and a 1975 graduate of The Citadel. He certainly did not need a job, especially one that required a lot of time and did not pay anything. Those who know him appreciate the fact that he is a true gentleman who devoted countless hours sharing his business knowledge and advice for the benefit of the state and The Citadel. Testimony to his reputation lies in the fact that he was unopposed for reelection to the Board of Visitors.

I understand from my service under three different Citadel presidents that there can be differences of opinion between board members, alumni and the administration. These differences are debated internally, and once decided, everyone moves forward in a united fashion. This is very important for an institution of higher education such as The Citadel because of national accreditation requirements. Having individual politicians harass and bully individual board members on internal policy matters is unheard of. It’s a disturbing development.

The issue is not whether it is correct to move cadets among the cadet companies through a “sophomore shuffle” to achieve leadership goals. Nor is it about the Confederate Naval Jack, whose removal is currently against state law. The issue is: Do Sen. Goldfinch’s crude tactics create a chilling effect on getting good, competent citizens to serve on these important boards? Chairman Price chose to resign rather than endure the harassing tactics of a disgruntled politician. Knowing the possible fate that awaits them if they vote in opposition to Sen. Goldfinch’s wishes, who in their right mind would step forward in the future to serve in this important position? Sen. Goldfinch has done his school and the state of South Carolina a great disservice.

College and university accreditation agencies will be looking carefully at this case. Is The Citadel going to be managed by an independent board and administration or by the changing whims of individual, local politicians?

Sen. Goldfinch fortunately is only one of 170 members of the General Assembly. He has only one vote. He knew if the General Assembly voted, Chairman Price would be reelected overwhelmingly. Instead of letting the 169 other legislators vote, he bullied and threatened Chairman Price into resigning. The members of the General Assembly with whom I have spoken are appalled and embarrassed at his tactics.

For the sake of encouraging and attracting good men and women to serve on these critical boards and commissions, the tactics and micromanaging involvement of Sen. Goldfinch should be condemned by everyone.

Citadel ranked #1 Top Public College in the South for 10th consecutive year Mon, 14 Sep 2020 04:51:00 +0000 "Ten straight years of earning the #1 Top Public College in the South position is a singularly distinctive achievement that should be celebrated,” said Gen. Glenn M. Walters, president of The Citadel.]]>

U.S. News & World Report releases newest college rankings

For the 10th consecutive year, The Citadel maintains the distinction of being ranked the #1 Top Public School in the South offering up to a master’s degree by U.S. News & World Report. The Citadel is ranked #2 overall in the South when private and public institutions are combined.

“Ten straight years of earning the #1 Top Public College in the South position is a singularly distinctive achievement that should be celebrated,” said Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Ret.), president of The Citadel. “This ranking is calculated by U.S. News & World Report based on data the college provides annually to the U.S. Department of Education, as well as other data such as alumni giving. This accomplishment is the result of a concentrated effort by countless members of The Citadel family who are dedicated to the mission of developing principled leaders. I applaud our entire campus.”

Cadets walk to their first day of classes of the fall semester at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday, August 19, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)
Cadets walk to their first day of classes of the fall semester at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Additionally, The Citadel earned the ranking of #1 Best College for Veterans in the South for the third consecutive year, and the School of Engineering is ranked as the #17 program in the nation offering up to master’s degrees. The Citadel School of Engineering has earned a place in the top 25 programs in America from U.S. News since 2012.

The U.S. News & World Report 2021 Best Colleges rankings were released Sept. 14 by the news outlet that was one of the first American publishers to produce a college rankings list based on a complex formula of publicly reported data.

“This is a rewarding, but not surprising, ranking for those of us who attend and for the many who came before us in the Long Grey Line. Much like alumni frequently confess, I believe attending The Citadel is truly the best choice a student can make,” said Cadet Col. Nicholas Piacentini. “Everyone enters the South Carolina Corps of Cadets as a common person; those same people graduate with an uncommon desire and ability to succeed by applying principled leadership in all professional pursuits.”

Cadets in Dr. Claudia Rocha’s class on the Foundation of Biology during the first day of classes at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday, August 19, 2020

How The Citadel ranks

The Citadel’s most prominent rankings in the newest 2021 Best Colleges rankings include:

#1 Public University in the South; #2 overall

#1 for Veterans, Regional Universities South

#11 Best Value in the South

#9 Nationally for Undergraduate Civil Engineering

#17 Nationally for Undergraduate Engineering

#6 Best Undergraduate Teaching, Regional Universities South

#12 Most innovative schools, Regional Universities South

“We want prospective students to know why The Citadel experience is superior. We encourage high school students and their parents to contact us to discuss what the college offers for their areas of interest in a specially tailored, one-on-one conference, “said Sally Selden, Ph.D., SPHR, provost and dean of The Citadel. “For those considering non-cadet programs offered through The Citadel Graduate College, you can feel confident that you will receive the same top-notch instruction for your investment.”

High school students aspiring to attend The Citadel beginning in the fall of 2021 can choose whether to include ACT or SAT scores in their applications. Due to the cancellations of the spring and summer standardized test dates, and the uncertainties of the scheduled early fall test dates, The Citadel is implementing a test-optional policy for high school students applying for the fall 2021 term.

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The Citadel debuts new mascot, Gen. Mike D. Groshon Fri, 11 Sep 2020 18:31:56 +0000 G3 was named in honor of Coach Mike D, of The Citadel class of 1976, who passed away in 2016 who also cared for many generations of mascots.]]>

As seen on WCBD — Count on 2, by Jasmine McKoy

“It’s an opportunity to bring morale to the core and provide new traditions that can last way beyond our time here,” said Marrik Kelley, Cadet Mascot Handler.

A new tradition at The Citadel, involves a furry new friend. 

Meet Gen. Mike D. Groshon aka G3, weighing in at 70 pounds and bringing a whole new feeling to campus.

“He’s definitely boosting morale, especially right now,” said Regina Miles, team leader of the Mascot team. “We’re not able to leave much and everyone loves dogs. It’s literally a dopamine high when they see G, so it just makes everyone happy.” 

G3 was named in honor of Coach Mike D, of The Citadel class of 1976, who passed away in 2016 who also cared for many generations of mascots.

“Mr. Mike Groshon was Mr. Citadel, the papers have been calling him that since his time in the ’70s,” said Kelley. “Just somebody who uplifted so many people and was there for so many others. To be able to honor him in such a way to not only name the mascot after him but to name the house itself after him, means a lot to many people.” 

The new mascot program is already making a change and will mean a lot to the many cadets of the future.

“Before last year, this wasn’t a thing,” said Sienna Gonzalez, Sophomore Mascot Handle. “So this being an actual rank and then actually giving something cadets can look forward to, and being able to be apart of is going to give them that much more to look forward to in their years to come.”

G3’s presence will come in handy when it comes to facing competition.

“So I know not many schools have a mascot program so I think it’s definitely awesome our school gets to be added to that list,” said Gonzalez. “It gives us a little edge over other teams.” 

As cute as G3 may be, the job isn’t always easy.

“A lot of people think that it’s just playing with a dog all day,” said Miles. “It’s really not. There’s a lot of planning that goes into it. He’s very valuable to this school, he’s not just a pet.”

That Citadel vs. Alabama tape grabbed South Florida coach Jeff Scott’s attention Tue, 08 Sep 2020 17:58:47 +0000 The Citadel’s 10-10 halftime tie with No. 1-ranked Alabama in 2018 was on new South Florida coach Jeff Scott’s must-watch list for his players]]>

Photo: Citadel quarterback Brandon Rainey (16) rolls out to pass against Alabama during a game in 2018, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (Courtesy: Butch Dill, Associated Press – File)

As seen in The Post and Courier, by Jeff Hartsell

There’s no particular reason why a football player at the University of South Florida should know much about The Citadel, a tiny FCS military school in South Carolina.

But you can bet almost every Bulls player knows something about superpower Alabama and legendary coach Nick Saban.

And that’s why a video of The Citadel’s 10-10 halftime tie with a No. 1-ranked Alabama team in 2018 was on new South Florida coach Jeff Scott’s must-watch list for his players. Scott, the former Clemson co-offensive coordinator, is set to make his college head-coaching debut when the Bulls host the Bulldogs at 1 p.m. Saturday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

Alabama ended up beating The Citadel 50-17 that day in Tuscaloosa, but the first 30 minutes were all Scott needed to make his point.


When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa


Tickets: None

“We went back and showed our guys clips from that game,” Scott said last week. “And one of the best lines came after The Citadel scored its first touchdown. The commentator said, ‘That’s the first points the Alabama defense has given up in 11 quarters.’

“That gets everybody’s attention right there.”

The Citadel ran for 275 yards against Alabama, averaging 4.6 yards per carry and holding the ball for 36 minutes, 23 seconds.

“Nick Saban told his guys, ‘This is a group over there who want to shrink the game,’ Scott said. “It’s limited possessions.”

At USF, Scott is replacing former coach Charlie Strong and taking over a squad that was 4-8 overall last season and 2-6 in the American Athletic Conference. Strong went 10-2 and then 7-6 in his first two seasons with the Bulls.

There might be easier ways for a coach to make his debut than against a triple-option team with a jones for FBS upsets (The Citadel beat Georgia Tech last year, the only FCS team to beat an FBS squad in 2019). But Scott said USF chose The Citadel from among several candidates when revamping its schedule after the coronavirus pandemic shut down much of college football for the 2020 season.

“We chose The Citadel,” Scott said. “And part of the reason, other than that we have a lot of respect for them and their program, is that we are going to play Navy later in the year. And Navy is always tough in our conference. Our goal is to find a way to compete and win in this conference, so we have to find a way to beat the option.

Former Clemson assistant coach Jeff Scott is now the head coach at South Florida. (Courtesy: Andrew Whitaker, The Post and Courier)

“It was the same way for us at Clemson with Georgia Tech. You better go attack it and figure it out.”

In a 35-3 loss to Navy and its triple-option last year, the Bulls allowed 434 rushing yards and 7.4 yards per attempt.

“To face this type of offense in the first game, it’s different,” Scott said. “In a normal year, the first game is about us and what we do. But the option is a different task for everyone, and this defense is going out there for the first time against a well-oiled machine. These guys are very confident, and they know what they are doing. It reminds me of the Georgia Tech teams when they had experienced guys back.

“If we’re not ready, not prepared and not reading our keys, we can get embarrassed very quickly.”

South Florida’s defensive coordinator is Glenn Spencer, who has held the same title at Florida Atlantic, Charlotte and Oklahoma State. 

One of Spencer’s main jobs is to fix USF’s run defense. In 2018 and 2019, the Bulls  ranked 122nd (247.5 yards per game) and 114th (208.6), respectively, in run defense, allowing 17 individual 100-yard rushing efforts during that 25-game span.

Spencer coaches a “30-float” scheme, with three down linemen up front and lots of movement in the back eight.

The Bulls lost three senior defensive ends from last season, but return a trio of linebackers in Antonio Green, Andrew Mims and Dwayne Boyles. Devin Gil, a transfer linebacker from Michigan, has opted out of the season.

The Citadel ranks as best online college in the state Tue, 01 Sep 2020 14:32:12 +0000 The Citadel is ranked number one for online colleges in South Carolina, coming in just ahead of Clemson University and the University of South Carolina]]>

Note: The Citadel is ranked #1 for online colleges in South Carolina, coming in just ahead of Clemson University and the University of South Carolina. To see the colleges’ scores, click here.

As seen on College Consensus

Online degrees in South Carolina provide an accessible education for residents at multiple levels of education at an affordable cost. From online technical colleges in South Carolina to advanced degrees, these distance learning programs provide a variety of careers to choose from. While anyone seeking higher education in the state can benefit from South Carolina online colleges, working adults, nontraditional students, and rural residents are a perfect fit for one of these programs. 

Many online programs are tailored to meet the schedules of working adults, understanding that traditional Monday-Friday class times just aren’t a fit with most full-time employment. Non-traditional students such as those pursuing a career change, or parents with young children at home can also benefit from these flexible schedules. Finally, rural residents are able to stay near friends and family while studying online. With few physical colleges in most small-town areas, online schools offer quality education without needing to move.

Ranking the Best Online Colleges in South Carolina

How does College Consensus decide the best online colleges in South Carolina? It starts with the Consensus Score, which combines reputable rankings and legitimate student reviews into a single score. We then research Consensus-ranked institutions to find those offering at least 3 online undergraduate programs. Only accredited institutions are considered. Schools are ranked below by their Consensus Score.

If you’re interested in traditional campus-based schools, check out our ranking of the Best Colleges in South Carolina.  You can also find out more about college financial aid with our list of the Top South Carolina Scholarships.

What Kinds of Degrees are Available Online?

Online degrees in South Carolina come in a wide variety from certificates to Associate’s and including South Carolina online Masters programs. The specific type of degree depends on the college offerings as well as the choice of study. Certificate programs may not count as a traditional degree, but many of these programs are short at only a few weeks or a few months and can have a significant return on investment. Associates programs are typically 2-year degrees, while Bachelor’s programs offer a 4-year degree. Master’s programs are most commonly 2-3 years schooling after a Bachelor’s, such as a South Carolina online MBA. A few Ph.D. programs are also available online, although this selection is more limited for your South Carolina online degree.

How Can I Save Money?

Online degree programs in South Carolina can provide a lower cost to students than regional public institutions or community colleges. It would be a poor description to say that the education quality is cheap, but the tuition and schooling costs definitely feel like cheap online colleges in South Carolina when it comes to your budget. Just think of some of the simple ways you save money — like not paying the cost of car and gas for commute, not including dorm living and food costs. Tuition for in-state college is only 40% of the cost of a 4-year degree and only 20% of the total cost of a 2-year degree for traditional attendance. That means online students have the opportunity to gain savings in 60-80% of the costs on-campus students must spend, while still gaining the benefit of online tuition in many places.

Online students are often also working students, hoping to not sacrifice income to further their education. Many jobs will also provide an employer reimbursement program for tuition expenses. This may be especially true if you are considering a program such as those offered at online technical colleges in South Carolina, where your degree may be directly applicable to your current career, for example as a dental assistant, transcriptionist, or electrical apprentice.

Are there Public Online Colleges?

You’ve probably heard about the dangers of for-profit colleges in the news. While it’s true that many for-profit universities offer online degrees with a bad reputation, fortunately, there are also many public online programs. Public programs are often part of not-for-profit school systems and have strong reputations. As technology has evolved, so too has most school offerings so that now many of the brick and mortar schools have additional online programs. U.S. News and World Report list many reputable online programs nationwide. The key is to look for accredited online colleges in South Carolina. Accreditation means that a school has met specific quality criteria including academic standards and adequate training in your field. This guarantee of quality is also a good indicator that employers will value your degree once completed.

Specifically, in South Carolina, there are some great online accredited schools. With many programs geared towards South Carolina tech work like Samsung, many of these online programs can yield a degree in a high-paying career such as software development. Check out programs at the University of South Carolina, where you might major in elementary education or get your online masters in information technology. Consider Charleston Southern University for a certification in supply chain management and enjoy online career counseling services via Skype. While there are many to choose from, another great choice for South Carolina locals in Limestone College. Get an associate’s degree in business administration and enjoy a vibrant online job board to help better position you for post-school success.

South Carolina offers a large number of affordable online degree programs for residents. Gain the benefits of your local community with a nationally accredited degree. Continue your career growth no matter what stage of life with one of these quality programs.

Two Citadel cadets earn Women in Defense scholarships Fri, 28 Aug 2020 20:20:28 +0000 The Women in Defense Palmetto Chapter is pleased to announce Cadets Lillian Layden and Catherine Guenther as the awardees of its 2020 STEM Scholarship.]]>

Note: The Women in Defense Palmetto Chapter awards two scholarships annually to women studying a STEM discipline; this year, Citadel cadets earned them both

From the Women in Defense Palmetto Chapter

The Women in Defense (WID) Palmetto Chapter is pleased to announce Lillian Layden and Catherine Guenther as the awardees of its 2020 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Scholarship.

Layden is a senior at The Citadel and a Computer Science and German double major with minors in Cybersecurity and Fine Arts. She is a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). Layden is contracted through the U. S. Air Force and will be commissioned upon graduation.

Guenther is a sophomore at The Citadel. She is pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a member of the U.S. Air Force ROTC.

The WID Palmetto Chapter’s STEM Scholarship is an annual award for women attending South Carolina colleges or universities pursuing degrees in STEM fields. Two annual scholarships of up to $2,500 are available, one of which is reserved for a veteran/member of the military/ROTC participant. Scholarship awards are made according to financial need, academic achievement, faculty recommendation, recognition and honors, activities, and personal essay.

The WID Palmetto Chapter, based in Charleston, S.C., was founded March 13, 2009. Their goal is to provide networking and professional development opportunities to promote advancement and recognition of women in national defense and security, to support military service members, and to encourage partnerships between the local contractor community and Department of Defense agencies.

The Best Player Who Wears No. 16 Is The Citadel’s Brandon Rainey Mon, 24 Aug 2020 13:46:45 +0000 Throughout the May-August months, HERO Sports is going to name the best returning FCS player by jersey number, 99-1, based on the 2019 season.]]>

As seen on HERO Sports, by Sam Herder

Welcome to the 2020 FCS Jersey Countdown.

Throughout the May-August months, HERO Sports is going to name the best returning FCS player by jersey number, 99-1. Due to rosters being updated at different times for teams across the country and to keep things consistent, jersey numbers are based on the 2019 season.

The full 99-1 countdown/schedule can be found here.

16: Brandon Rainey, QB (Sr.) — The Citadel

A dual-threat QB, Rainey runs The Citadel’s option offense to perfection.

The 2020 HERO Sports preseason All-American First Team “athlete” is coming off of a season where he rushed for 900 yards and 17 touchdowns off of 240 attempts. He also went 62-for-122 passing for 1,114 yards and 13 touchdowns with four interceptions.

Rainey was named on our 2019 postseason All-American Third Team.

At 6-foot and 205 pounds, Rainey runs like a RB when he’s carrying the ball. In fact, he converted from QB to FB as a redshirt freshman in 2017 due to injuries, rushing for 505 yards and two touchdowns while being named to the All-SoCon Freshman Team.

In 2018, Rainey resumed his backup QB roles. With the Bulldogs sitting with a 2-5 record, Rainey was inserted as the starting QB. The Citadel won three of its final four games as Rainey ran for more than 400 yards combined in his first two starts.

That finish to the 2018 season led to a standout year in 2019.

Meet The Citadel’s new mascot, Gen. Mike D. Groshon, aka G3 Sat, 22 Aug 2020 10:00:34 +0000 The Times and Democrat covers one future superstar, the new mascot for The Citadel, Gen. Mike D. Groshon. His new friends call him G3 for short.]]>

As seen in The Times and Democrat

Operation Fall Return 2020 at The Citadel has about 2,301 central figures: 2,300 cadets and cadet recruits, and one future superstar who represents the return of the live mascot program to campus. His name is Gen. Mike D. Groshon. His new friends call him G3 for short.

“He’s hot, but he’s really happy to be out here with the cadets. He’s not really sure yet what to do but he loved being petted,” said Cadet Marrik Kelley. Kelley is one of two cadet captains who oversee the Mascot Handling Team.

G3’s official name, Gen. Mike D. Groshon, will be familiar to many in The Citadel family and in Charleston. He was named for Coach Mike D. Groshon, Citadel Class of 1976, who passed away in 2016, after caring for several generations of mascots.

“Mike Groshon had been running the program out of the goodness of his own big heart, caring for the bulldogs since 2003,” said Lt. Col. Kevin Dougherty, USA (Ret.), Ph.D., assistant commandant for leadership programs at The Citadel. Dougherty oversees the mascot program and the cadet handlers, among his many other duties. “When Mike died, our Commandant, Capt. Geno Paluso, began planning how to transition the program to the Commandant’s Dept. so we could get cadets more involved.”

Naming G3 after Groshon was the decision of the 1977 Citadel alumnus who donated the English bulldog to the college, Dr. John Bradford. Bradford is a local veterinarian who has cared for many of the mascots through the years, including G3’s predecessor, Gen. Robert P. Carson (G2), who died in 2019. The Citadel’s other living mascot, Boo X, lives with Bradford now, and is expected to retire to “mascot emeritus” in the fall.

Bradford officially transferred control of G3 to the cadets on Aug. 6. The Mascot Handling Team consists of six cadets for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Bulldogs’ fans can look forward to seeing and visiting with G3 at future events as the pandemic allows. “G3’s house on campus is decorated with mascots memorabilia and items from his namesake. We hope to hold open houses during big weekends, like Corps Day.” Otherwise, Doughtery says G3 needs his privacy and visitors are not permitted.

The Lowcountry Graduate Center, co-founded by The Citadel, moves locations Thu, 20 Aug 2020 23:00:07 +0000 The Lowcountry Graduate Center was founded by institutions including The Citadel, the College of Charleston and the Medical University of South Carolina.]]>

The Lowcountry Graduate Center (LGC) is a state-funded organization that was founded by top-rated institutions including The Citadel, the College of Charleston and the Medical University of South Carolina.

With plans to expand its utilization, The Citadel currently offers Project Management classes at the LGC, along with a few other Engineering courses.

“The Citadel’s graduate programs have been a presence in the Lowcountry Graduate Center since its inception,” said Kelly Brennan, Ph.D., The Citadel’s associate provost of enrollment management. “We are excited to continue to partner with the Lowcountry Graduate Center to bring educational opportunities to our community members in North Charleston. Building upon our online graduate programs, we are looking forward to expanding in-person course offerings that meet the needs of the community.”

LGC Moving to Trident Tech Thornley Campus

As the center of gravity – and employment in particular – moves north up the I-26 corridor in the Lowcountry, so does the Lowcountry Graduate Center (LGC). This summer, the LGC will move its operations to Trident Technical College’s Thornley Campus on Rivers Avenue in North Charleston.

Now more convenient than ever, and with extended hours for programs and services, the Lowcountry Graduate Center is even better positioned to provide graduate education. Working professionals throughout the Lowcountry can cultivate new skill sets and grow their careers at the LGC.

Joining the high school-through-graduate education pipeline at Trident Tech, the LGC will remain an independent organization. It will continue to provide in-person and hybrid graduate level programs of study and courses in fully digital classrooms with robust support services and free parking. Some will culminate in degrees while others generate an academic certificate with credits towards a future degree. Still others may simply represent a certificate of completion and accomplishment at a graduate level.

The new location in Building 920, the Center for Economic Development, allows the Lowcountry Graduate Center to extend its program and service hours to weekends, complementing the evening classes and services previously offered. Among the resources in that building are computer labs; high speed internet access; the College Center conference space; and Relish, the fine dining restaurant of Trident Tech’s Culinary Institute of Charleston. LGC students will have routine access to common shared areas such as to student break rooms, beyond the dedicated space for their classrooms in Building 920.

“As major manufacturing companies like Volvo and their suppliers locate at the northern edge of the Lowcountry, the need increases for a central location like Trident Tech, which sits between two I-26 exits and in proximity to Airport Road from Boeing,” said Dr. Nancy Muller, director of the Lowcountry Graduate Center. “Given the LGC’s longstanding involvement in the Metro Charleston Chamber’s Career Academies for the area’s high school students, I am delighted to be a new extension of Dr. Mary Thornley’s vision for education and career development in support of the Lowcountry’s growing and increasingly sophisticated workforce,” added Muller.

Added Trident Tech Vice President for Academic Affairs Cathy Almquist. “At Trident Tech, part of our mission is to enable members of our community to pursue higher education. We are delighted to host the Lowcountry Graduate Center as they help members of our community fulfill the goal of completing a graduate program.”

Recognizing that an educated populace is a key to economic growth and well-being, the LGC works with trusted advisors – business leaders, major employers, and academic institutions – throughout the Lowcountry to identify graduate studies, certificates, and degrees that will help meet workforce needs in the region.

About the Lowcountry Graduate Center

Funded annually by the State, the Lowcountry Graduate Center was created in 2001 as a consortium of the College of Charleston, The Citadel, and the Medical University of South Carolina. These founding institutions, along with the University of South Carolina and South Carolina State University, now offer a variety of graduate degrees and certificates at the Lowcountry Graduate Center. Conveniently located in North Charleston, the mission of the Lowcountry Graduate Center is to increase access to higher education by professionals in the workforce, support the region’s employers, and meet the economic, business development, and social needs of the Lowcountry. For more information, visit

About Trident Technical College

Trident Technical College is a public, two-year, multi-campus community college that provides quality education and promotes economic development in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties. TTC is a member of the State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education system that includes 16 technical colleges in South Carolina.