Department of Leadership Studies – The Citadel Today Wed, 22 Jun 2022 17:36:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Department of Leadership Studies – The Citadel Today 32 32 144096890 The Citadel’s summer Executive Leadership Academy to offer two professional development opportunities Wed, 22 Jun 2022 17:34:36 +0000 In July, The Citadel will host two opportunities for professionals to develop their leadership skills as they begin to progress in their careers.]]>

Limited seating available for in-person professional development sessions July

For almost 200 years, The Citadel has trained and developed principled leaders for all walks of life.

Now, in cooperation with the Center for Creative Leadership, the campus will host two opportunities for professionals to develop their leadership skills as they begin to progress in their careers.

The Executive Leadership Academy will offer attendees two proven programs from the CCL. The first, Lead 4 Success, will be held Tuesday, July 19 and Wednesday, July 20, followed by Better Conversations Everyday on Thursday, July 21.

“Regardless of a participant’s level in their organization, these two programs will offer skills necessary for successful leadership throughout their careers and their lives,” said Faith Rivers James, J.D., head of The Citadel Department of Leadership Studies and administrator of the Executive Leadership Academy. “Through the program’s in-depth training and practice, experienced facilitators will ensure that those who attend will leave with knowledge that will improve both themselves and their coworkers.”

To register for either session — or both, at a discounted rate — click here.

Lead 4 Success is a comprehensive, two-day program offering insight into four areas important for successful leadership: self-awareness, learning agility, influence and communications. To learn more about Lead 4 Success, click here.

Better Conversations Everyday is focused on improving a company through better conversations. Regardless of an organization’s size, improving conversations help drive business outcomes and create lasting change. To learn more about Better Conversations Everyday, click here.

The sessions will be facilitated by Lt. Col. Clemson Turregano, Ph.D., U.S. Army (Ret.), a professor of practice in The Citadel Department of Leadership Studies. Recently retired from CCL, Turregano leads international teams responsible for the development, design, integration, management and distribution of leadership programs around the world.

All sessions will be held at the Swain Boating Center on The Citadel campus and will run from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Lunches will be provided.

Head of Leadership Studies included as expert in USA Today article Tue, 28 Sep 2021 18:17:49 +0000 Professor Faith Rivers James, The CitadelProfessor Faith Rivers James, The Citadel"Many Black farmers and other groups who have experienced historic discrimination have inherited heirs’ property." ]]> Professor Faith Rivers James, The CitadelProfessor Faith Rivers James, The Citadel

Note: Professor Faith Rivers James, J.D., is the Assistant Provost for Leadership at The Citadel, and the head of the Department of Leadership Studies. Rivers James, who holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and an A.B. from Dartmouth College, practiced legislative law in Washington D.C. She is an expert on leadership, public policy, legislative process and property law.

Black farmers accuse the USDA of racism. The USDA appears to agree and vows to address ‘historical discrimination.’

Synopsis of article from
By Mark Dovich, Jeff A. Chamer and Hazel Tang 

WASHINGTON – The Department of Agriculture launched a commission Friday aimed at addressing “historical discrimination” in agriculture, a sign the USDA is looking to overcome a decades-long history of systemic racism that Black farmers say has shrunk their numbers and kept families from building generational wealth.

The Equity Commission will help identify USDA programs and policies that have contributed to, exacerbated or perpetuated discrimination, the department said.

“The truth is, the deck has been stacked against Black farmers who for generations have been denied access to land and capital,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a statement to USA TODAY.

He vowed a “top to bottom” evaluation of decades-old farm programs to ensure they “more equitably serve” American farmers. 

Black farmers account for only 1.4% of all U.S. farmers, farm only 0.5% of the country’s farmland and generate only 0.4% of total U.S. agricultural sales every year. In contrast, about 14% of all U.S. farmers in 1920 were Black, according to that year’s agriculture census.

Full article on at link above. Contributions by Professor Faith Rivers James are below.

Keeping farms in the family

Another stumbling block to supporting Black farmers: keeping farms in the family.

At issue is a legal term called heirs’ property. The term refers to land inherited by the descendants of a property owner without any form of legal documentation of ownership. The heirs “hold title as tenants in common, but that interest is only conceptual,” explained Faith Rivers James, assistant provost for leadership at The Citadel military college and an expert on heirs’ property.

Because the land has not been divided, no single person can claim a specific part of it.

The problem’s roots go back more than a century, Rivers James said.

“The unique challenge in the Southern states [where most Black farmers live] is that much of the property was acquired during Reconstruction, at which time there were not sufficient lawyers to assist landowners in drafting wills,” Rivers James said. “So subsequently, without access to lawyers for estate planning, a great deal of land in the South was transferred [without wills] and is now heirs’ property.”

That’s pushed many heirs out of agriculture. Black farmers lost upward of 90% of their land from 1910 to 1997, according to agriculture censuses.

Rivers James called heirs’ property issues “a vestige of segregation and discrimination in its worst form.”

In July, the USDA announced it would provide $67 million in loans to help address long-standing heirs’ landownership issues and allow Black farmers to keep land in their families.

“Many Black farmers and other groups who have experienced historic discrimination have inherited heirs’ property,” Vilsack said in a statement at the time. “USDA is committed to revising policies to be more equitable and examining barriers faced by heirs’ property owners is part of that effort.” 

The $67 million is intended to help heirs receive recognition as landowners. The loan program is a “very much needed” step to solve a “systemic issue,” said Cornelius Blanding, the executive director of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, a Georgia-based nonprofit group.

The program will “play a huge role in starting to clear up this heirs’ property issue in communities around the United States in general, and in the Black community specifically,” he said.

Helping heirs acquire clear title to their land is “the only way to open doors for growth and to be able to hand that property on to their family members,” Rivers James said.

“After all,” she said, “a great portion of these challenges arose because of government policies and state land laws that impaired this form of African American landownership.”

Upcoming News from The Citadel – October 2020 Thu, 24 Sep 2020 14:00:00 +0000 A look at some of the events happening in and around The Citadel’s campus, including a virtual town hall for parents and more.]]>

President’s Virtual Engagement with Parents

Thursday, October 1
7 – 8 p.m.
Virtual, via Zoom
Free, open to the public

In order to make campus operations as close to normal as possible, the President of The Citadel, Gen. Glenn Walters, USMC (Ret.), will hold a virtual town hall for parents on October 1 at 7 p.m. EST.

He will be joined by the Provost and Dean of the College, Sally Selden, Ph.D, SPHR and the Commandant of Cadets, Capt. Geno Paluso, USN (Ret.).

Parents can connect with Walters, Selden and Paluso by submitting questions via the Facebook Live link while watching the event.

This event is intended to replace the annual engagement that the president holds for cadets’ family members during Parents Weekend; all of those events had to be cancelled due to concerns surrounding COVID-19.

Emerging Topics Lecture Series about national security issues

Thursday, October 1 at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, October 20 at 4 p.m.
Thursday, October 29 at 8 a.m.
Virtual, via Zoom
Free, open to the public

Dr. Muhammad Fraser-Rahim, The Citadel Department of Intelligence and Homeland Security
Muhammad Fraser-Rahim, Ph.D., moderator for the series

The Citadel’s Department of Intelligence and Security Studies, one of the fastest-growing programs on campus, is launching a new, virtual lecture series to cover a wide range of topics related to national security.

The Emerging Topics Lecture Series is open to the public, and is especially designed for Citadel cadets and students, and others interested in hearing national security issues by Citadel faculty members, alongside other international experts.

Due to the COVID-19 environment, the Emerging Topics Lecture Series will be held virtually, via Zoom.

The first three forums will be held on different days — and at different times — in October.

The lecture names, panelists and Zoom links can all be found here.

Thinking of pursuing a Master’s degree? Join a virtual information session for prospective graduate students interested in an MBA, Project Management or Leadership Studies degree

Wednesday, October 7 at 6 p.m.
Monday, October 28 at 11 a.m.
Virtual, via Zoom
Free, open to the public

With the pandemic changing how prospective students find the right degree program, The Citadel Graduate College is hoping to make things easier. The college will be hosting multiple virtual information sessions for prospective students. The sessions on Wednesday, October 7, and Monday, October 28, will be focused on The Citadel’s MBA, M.S. in Project Management and M.S. in Leadership programs.

The information sessions are program-specific, with representatives from the three departments, to better address questions from anyone attending.

The presentation will focus on the flexible course options available through the graduate college, as well as information on the application and admissions process. There will be an interactive Q&A session at the end of the session.

To register for the October 7 session, click here.
To register for the October 28 session, click here.

Citadel team helping with Soldiers’ Angels Food Drive

Friday, October 9
8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Elks Lodge; 1113 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, Charleston, S.C.
Free, open to the public

The Citadel community always looks for opportunities to give back to those who served and sacrificed for their country. That’s why The Citadel Health Careers Society will be volunteering with Soldiers’ Angels, working to supply low-income veteran families with food assistance.

The event will be held outside, regardless of weather.

Cadets and students can sign up to volunteer on GivePulse. Credit will be given for travel time along with the time given for service and will be considered healthcare community service hours.

Soldiers’ Angles has a global network of volunteers — representing all 50 states and 12 countries abroad — who work tirelessly to ensure that those who serve or have served are supported, uplifted and remembered through a variety of support programs.

Contact Dr. Sarah A. Imam at or Dr. Kimbo Yee at for further information. 

From the football field to restaurant franchise ownership, Bulldogs talk entrepreneurship

Tuesday, October 13
8 – 9 a.m.
Virtual, via Zoom
Free, pre-registration required, open to the public

They started as Bulldog football players, and now they’re co-owners of a Zaxby’s franchise.

Through the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Speakers Series, The Citadel community and the public can hear from former quarterback Duran Lawson. He is a member of the Class of 2008 who graduated with a degree in Business Administration. His business partner, Andre Roberts, Class of 2009, currently plays for the Buffalo Bills.

In the virtual webinar, Lawson will discuss franchises as a business opportunity, how to build partnerships and more. Additionally, he will discuss how The Citadel experience, both on and off the field, prepared him for this opportunity.

“It was not foreign to me to have long days, and this is very important when you launch your business,” said Duran. “Second — what was the secret sauce between the both of us and the basis of our partnership — we were both military brats, came through sports together, we have similar values and share similar desired outcomes. We knew what we wanted in a business.”

To register for the webinar, click here.

Thinking of pursing a Master’s degree? Join a virtual information session about graduate degrees in Intelligence and Security Studies, International Politics, Military History or Social Science degrees

Wednesday, October 21
11 a.m.
Virtual, via Zoom
Free, open to the public

With the pandemic changing how prospective students find the right degree program, The Citadel Graduate College is hoping to make things easier. The college will be hosting multiple virtual information sessions for prospective students. The session on Wednesday, October 21 will be focused on The Citadel’s Intelligence and Security Studies, M.A. in International Politics, M.A. in Military History and Social Science programs.

The information sessions are program-specific, with representatives from the all of the departments, to better address questions from anyone attending.

For more information about this information session, please contact The Citadel Graduate College at

New Citadel physics and leader to speak at Exchange Club luncheon

Wednesday, October 28
12:30 p.m.
Halls Chop House; 434 King St, Charleston, SC
Open to members of the Exchange Club and their guests

One of the newest professors in the Physics Department, Scott Curtis, Ph.D., will speak to the Exchange Club of Charleston about the climate of water in the city — specifically, how trends in flooding and extreme precipitation affect the city, and how those issues can be addressed.

Scott Curtis, Ph.D., on the roof of Grimsley Hall at The Citadel

Curtis, who will serve as the John Lining Professor of Physics, joins The Citadel as the director for the new Lt. Col. James B. Near Jr., ’77, Center for Climate Studies. The center is under development, and was recently named for Near, who passed away in March of 2020, an alumnus, veteran and physics professor.

Curtis has authored more than 150 books, book chapters, peer-reviewed journal articles and scientific white papers for presentations. He is engaged frequently to speak around the nation on issues including climate change, coastal water hazards and flooding. Curtis has participated as an editor for five scientific journals.

The Exchange Club is an all volunteer, national service organization for men and women who want to serve their community, develop leadership skills and enjoy new friendships. Exchange is made up of nearly 1,000 clubs and 33,000 members throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.

Biloxi Blues

Friday, October 30 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 31 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, November 1 at 3 p.m.
South of Broadway Theatre Company; 1080 East Montague, North Charleston
$30 for general admission and $20 for students, open to the public

Delayed by COVID-19, the Biloxi Blues performance is on its way back to the state. Though it was originally going to be held on campus, it’s been moved to a theater in Park Circle; however, it’s still supported by The Citadel Fine Arts program and has multiple Citadel cast members, as well as a Citadel alumnus as the director.

Biloxi Blues tells the story of young Army recruit Eugene Morris Jerome as he travels from Brooklyn to Biloxi, Mississippi for boot camp during World War II. On his quest to find love, achieve fame, and attain his manhood,

Last performed at the military college in 1988, the new production is directed by Citadel alumnus Bob Luke ‘76. Luke runs a successful acting studio in New York City and has enjoyed an illustrious career as an on-set acting coach for Hollywood movies including RansomRacing Stripes, and Enchanted.

Due to social distancing requirements within the theater, please contact to reserve tickets.

A Night in the Archives: Cadet Rebellions from Citadel History

Saturday, October 31
6 – 8 p.m.
Virtual, via Zoom
Free, open to the public

It started with five seniors sneaking out at night to go to a party, and ended with a riot that brought police to campus and resulted in the expulsion of 60 cadets. The biggest rebellion in Citadel history, The Cantey Rebellion in 1898, is just one of the events that will be discussed during a virtual version of A Night in the Archives.

On October 31, The Citadel Archivist, Tessa Updike, and the Archives Assistant, Alex Adler, will present stories of cadet rebellions dating back to the 1850s. In addition to rebellions, the event will focus on hunger strikes, food fights and more that have occurred over the years.

The Zoom discussion will be held on Halloween night, from 6 – 8 p.m. A link to the Zoom meeting will be posted here closer to the event.

Faculty expert spotlight

Lee Westberry, Ph.D., is a professor in the Zucker Family School of Education and the program coordinator for Educational Leadership.

She arrived at The Citadel with extensive educational experience, having served the last 21 years in Berkeley County Schools as a high school assistant principal, middle school principal, high school principal, Executive Director of Secondary Programs and Executive Director of Accountability and Assessment. 

Westberry’s recent scholarship activities include presenting at the National CTE Best Practices Conference, which highlighted her work with career academies. She recently published Putting the Pieces Together: A Systems Approach to School Leadership, which helps school leaders understand how to develop the systems to support the critical work of schools, in order to prevent the “putting out fires” mode of operation. Westberry will release a second title, focused on student support systems and the culture system, in December.

In addition to coordinating the program that helps train more educators in South Carolina, Westberry continues to work with schools across the state to assist with school improvement efforts — including curriculum and assessment alignment, principal mentoring, the learning process and more.

Citadel professor speaks on Fox & Friends about required Constitution class Sat, 01 Aug 2020 23:08:03 +0000 The head of the Department of Leadership Studies, Faith Rivers James, J.D., spoke with Fox & Friends to discuss The Citadel's required Constitution class.]]>

The head of the Department of Leadership Studies, Faith Rivers James, J.D., spoke with Pete Hegseth on Fox & Friends Saturday morning to discuss The Citadel’s required Constitution class and why it’s important for cadets and students.

In addition to studying the Constitution, the sophomore-level course will also focus on other important documents like the Federalist Papers and the Emancipation Proclamation.

As seen on FOX News

Citadel grad from Indianapolis mobilizes to USTRANSCOM in support of COVID-19 operations Mon, 20 Jul 2020 21:03:34 +0000 CDR Eric Chitwood, who earned a Master of Science in Leadership from The Citadel in 2018, is currently mobilized to United States Transportation Command.]]>

Note: CDR Eric Chitwood earned a Master of Science in Leadership from The Citadel in 2018

From U.S. Transportation Command Public Affairs

A U.S. Navy reservist from Indianapolis, Indiana, is currently mobilized to United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) in support of COVID-19 operations.

U.S. Navy Commander Eric L. Chitwood is playing a critical role in the U.S. Government’s response to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in his part helping to sustain USTRANSCOM’s mission through the current force health condition measures. He also serves as aide-de-camp to Navy Rear Admiral Robert T. Clark, deputy commander, Military Sealift Command, and Major General Michael C. Wehr, Army Corps of Engineers, in this role at USTRANSCOM.

Because of his special skills and experience, Chitwood was hand-selected from the Joint Transportation Reserve Unit (JTRU) for this mission. He is one of approximately 40 JTRU members who will augment their active duty counterparts inside USTRANSCOM’s 24/7 Global Operations Center. Chitwood has a total of 16 years of uniformed service.

“Our nation’s response effort requires a true whole-government approach, and USTRANSCOM’s role is to coordinate and oversee the operations and transport of personnel, critical supplies and protective gear worldwide,” said U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Kenneth Council, commander of the JTRU. “Without our reservists like Cmdr. Chitwood, we would not be able to accomplish our mission.”

The JTRU augments USTRANSCOM as a warfighting combatant command to project and sustain military power at a time and place of the nation’s choosing. Powered by dedicated men and women, USTRANSCOM underwrites the lethality of the Joint Force, advances American interests around the globe, and provides the nation’s leaders with strategic flexibility to select from multiple options, while creating multiple dilemmas for our adversaries.

Hundreds of Cadet servant-leaders volunteering at 40+ locations Oct. 17 Mon, 15 Oct 2018 19:33:34 +0000 Sgt. Kyle White (Image courtesy of U.S Army)Sgt. Kyle White (Image courtesy of U.S Army)The night before Leadership Day 2018, cadets, students, faculty and staff will hear the inspiring story of Medal of Honor Recipient Sgt. Kyle J. White.]]> Sgt. Kyle White (Image courtesy of U.S Army)Sgt. Kyle White (Image courtesy of U.S Army)

Medal of Honor Recipient Sgt. Kyle White kicks off event the night before Oct. 16

The night before the campus community begins serving the Lowcountry for The Citadel’s Leadership Day 2018, cadets, students, faculty and staff will hear the inspiring story of Medal of Honor Recipient Sgt. Kyle J. White. Sharing his true story of servant-leadership, White will describe what happened on Nov. 9, 2007 while he was a platoon radio-telephone operator for the U.S. Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade in Arnas, Afghanistan.

After a rocket-propelled grenade knocked him unconscious, he awoke to an enemy round fragmenting near his head sending shrapnel into his face. Then he saw that one of his friends was down. (Image of Sgt. White courtesy of U.S. Army).

White sprinted the 10-meter expanse toward his wounded battle-buddy, with enemy rounds ricocheting around his feet and snapping past his head. “It’s just a matter of time before I’m dead. I figured, if that’s going to happen, I might as well help someone while I can.”

White’s presentation will take place at 7 p.m. on October 16 in McAlister Field House. It is free and open to the public, first come, first-served seating.

Leadership Day 2018, Oct. 17

Cadets start gathering before daybreak on Leadership Day
Cadets start gathering before daybreak on Leadership Day

While cadets volunteer year-round, on Leadership Day each year service learning is a unified campus wide effort. At 7:40 a.m. on Wed., Oct. 17, operations get underway with The Citadel’s new president, Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC  providing a send off address to cadets in Buyer Auditorium. After that, sophomore cadets lead freshmen as they depart to volunteer at more than 40 schools and community partner programs around the Lowcountry. Walters will also spend time with 53 cadets working at a Sea Island Habitat for Humanity project for veterans on James Island, and then at James Simons Elementary school where cadets will teach students about heroism.

“This year cadets will be volunteering in 20 Charleston County Schools simultaneously, seven of which are new partners with some in Mt. Pleasant,” said Conway Saylor, Ph.D., director of service learning and civic engagement, Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics at The Citadel.

The juniors participate in a daylong leadership ethics experience on campus. The seniors attend leadership training provided by the college’s business partners some of which include Blackbaud, Boeing, Hollings Marine Laboratory, the Medical University of South Carolina and Wells Fargo. Faculty and staff assist with Leadership Day planning and implementation, while others attend leadership diversity skills training. In addition, for the first time some alumni are participating too.

“At The Citadel we learn that in order to lead, a person must first know how to serve,” said Cadet Logan Miller, Regimental Public Affairs Officer, South Carolina Corps of Cadets. “Many of us volunteer regularly, but it is especially fun and motivating when the entire campus is focused on service at the same time on Leadership Day.”

Krause Center leads the leaders

Leadership Day, initiated in 2011, and all of the college’s service learning initiatives are directed by The Citadel’s Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics.

“Our cadets are given the gift of being able to serve by our community and business partners around the Lowcountry who welcome them every Leadership Day and at many other times throughout the year,” said Col. Tom Clark, USMC (Ret.), executive director of The Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics. “We are deeply grateful for their generosity to our students.”

Media coverage opportunities

Members of the media are welcome to cover any of the events listed below. No advanced notice required; times are approximate. Live shots are welcome on campus for Sgt. White’s event on Tuesday and for the early morning shows on Wednesday. For live truck parking instructions please email by 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Event Time Location/Address Website
New Citadel president Walters gives sendoff address to cadets 7:40 -8 Buyer Auditorium in Mark Clark Hall on campus Map of campus
Hundreds of cadets board buses to leave for 40+ volunteer sites 8:45-9:15 a.m. Jones Ave. on campus Map of campus
Gen. Walters joins 53 cadets at Sea Island Habitat for construction on veteran and other housing 9:30-10:15 (Cadets on site until 3p.m.) 1862 Ferguson Rd., James Island


Gen. Walters joins cadets teaching elementary students about heroism 10:30 – 11:20

(Cadets onsite 9:30 – 3p.m.)

James Simons Elementary 741 King St., Charleston


(NEW: cadets & alumni) Old Chicora school interior demotion  for eventual conversion to community center 9:30 – 3p.m. 3120 Chicora Ave, North Charleston One of five events this day that are part of Citadel’s partnership with Metanoia Charleston
Audubon Society/Charleston Natural History Society 9:30a.m. – 3p.m. Francis Beidler Forest, 336 Sanctuary Rd., Harleyville


Onsite contact:


Charles Towne Landing 9:30 a.m. – 4p.m. 1500 Old Towne Rd., Charleston


Onsite contact:


City of Charleston Rec. Dept. games with special needs visitors 9a.m. – 2p.m. 1580 Ashley Gardens Blvd.,



Stewards of Hampton Park cleanup 8:30 a.m. – noon Hampton Park, Charleston


Windwood Family Service 10a.m.-3:30p.m. 4857 Windwood Farm Road, Awendaw


Senior Leadership Day business partner sessions

The Citadel would like to thank our community business partners whose leaders are providing a day of leadership and ethics training for approximately 500 senior cadets.

  • Barnwell, Whaley, Patterson and Helms, LLC
  • Blackbaud
  • Boeing
  • Charleston County Government
  • Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP
  • Gibbes Museum of Art
  • Harbor Entrepreneur Center
  • Life Cycle Engineering
  • Joe Riley Stadium
  • Medical University of SC
  • South Carolina Historical Society
  • SRS Distribution
  • T.Y. Lin International
  • Water Mission
  • Wells Fargo
Rivers James to discuss women in leadership at The Citadel Thu, 15 Mar 2018 17:27:51 +0000 Professor Faith Rivers James, J.D., head of The Citadel Department of Leadership StudiesProfessor Faith Rivers James, J.D., head of The Citadel Department of Leadership StudiesAs part of Women’s History Month at The Citadel, the new assistant provost for leadership and department head and professor of The Citadel Department of Leadership Studies will give a presentation at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 27 on campus.]]> Professor Faith Rivers James, J.D., head of The Citadel Department of Leadership StudiesProfessor Faith Rivers James, J.D., head of The Citadel Department of Leadership Studies

Celebrating Women’s History Month with a March 27 presentation

As part of Women’s History Month at The Citadel, the new assistant provost for leadership and department head and professor of The Citadel Department of Leadership Studies will give a presentation at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 27 on campus.

Faith Rivers James, J.D., will speak about leadership and her unique professional journey in the Daniel Library Museum Reading Room. The presentation, “Women in Leadership: Leaning In, Reaching Back and Moving Forward Together,” is free and open to the public.

Life and leadership

Before joining The Citadel in January 2018, Rivers James served as associate dean for experiential learning and leadership at Elon University School of Law. She also taught legislation, nonprofit organizations, property, and public law and leadership, a course that she created. During her tenure, Rivers James helped develop a leadership program honored by the American Bar Association with the E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award.

Additionally, Rivers James has extensively researched the preservation of African American property ownership. Her research on heirs’ property is cited in many scholarly publications. Through collaborations with the Coastal Community Foundation and the Ford Foundation, Rivers James was instrumental in the creation of the Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation in Charleston, for which the South Carolina Bar Foundation received the National Conference of Bar Foundations Award for Excellence in Programming.

Rivers James is a Charleston native and a graduate of Dartmouth College, where she majored in government and sociology, and Harvard Law School. She is a member of the South Carolina Bar, the District of Columbia Bar and the North Carolina Bar Association.

The Women’s History Month presentation is hosted by the Daniel Library and The Citadel Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council.

Women’s history at The Citadel

Women have been a part of The Citadel since its inception in 1842. They served in supportive roles as staff, nurses, mothers, sisters, girlfriends, company sponsors and mentors.

Women have attended The Citadel Graduate College since it was formed in 1968 and have been part of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets since 1996.

Visit The Citadel Diversity Milestones page to view an interactive timeline of women’s history at The Citadel and learn about featured alumnae from The Citadel.