General Glenn Walters – The Citadel Today Thu, 25 Feb 2021 21:11:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 General Glenn Walters – The Citadel Today 32 32 144096890 Most distinguished cadets named to fall 2020 President’s List Thu, 25 Feb 2021 21:11:20 +0000 The President’s List, awarded for academic and military excellence, is one of the most distinguished cadet awards presented by The Citadel.]]>

Photo: General Glenn Walters, UCMC (Ret.), Class of 1979, during the Gold Star and President’s List presentation on Feb. 25, 2021

The President’s List is one of the most distinguished cadet awards presented by The Citadel. It indicates excellence in academics and military duties. The list is a combination of the Dean’s List and the Commandant’s Distinguished List and is composed of cadets who contribute the most to their companies while maintaining excellent military and academic records.

The following cadets have been recognized for their outstanding work during the fall 2020 semester:

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Commentary: This is what The Citadel learned during a tumultuous 2020 Tue, 05 Jan 2021 00:00:00 +0000 It seems long ago that we began to fully understand the impact that COVID-19 would have on the world and, closer to home, our college.]]>

As seen in The Post and Courier, by Citadel President Gen. Glenn Walters, USMC (Ret.)

Early March 2020 — it seems long ago that we began to fully understand the impact that COVID-19 would have on the world and, closer to home, our college.

Like every major institution — indeed, every part of our society — we’ve had to rethink our way of doing business to care for our people, accomplish our mission and set conditions for the post-COVID-19 future. Racial and political tensions across our nation intensified an already precarious situation.

As 2020 comes to an end, this is a good time to reflect. We’ve learned a lot and validated some time-honored leadership principles that we will continue to rely on next term.

The wide-ranging impact of COVID-19 was like nothing most of us have ever seen. From widespread illness, death of loved ones and friends and devastating economic effects to debilitating fear and uncertainty, the pandemic touched everyone in our society, either directly or indirectly.

Since the challenges imposed by the pandemic affect us all, one guiding principle for our response is that everyone must to be a part of the solution. There were immediate challenges, such as taking our 1,400-course curriculum completely online while our cadets were on spring break, conducting The Citadel’s first-ever virtual commencement, laying the groundwork for returning to campus in the fall semester and overcoming a multitude of obstacles this past semester.

Our campus community demonstrated the grit for which The Citadel is renowned. This year has been challenging, but it has also been a rich in-person experience that gave our faculty, staff, cadets and students opportunities to test themselves in real-world crisis leadership.

At The Citadel, we support each other, but we also know we should try to make our own luck. Our facilities and proximity to Marine Corps Recruiting Depot, Parris Island, made us an ideal location for the Marines to quarantine recruits before shipping out for basic training. We had the privilege of helping them continue their crucial national security mission, while using what would otherwise had become a ghost town campus.

As an added benefit, our partnership with the Marines enabled us to plan for cadet and student life in a pandemic environment — we learned what worked and what didn’t. Our generous alumni and donors, as always, demonstrated their inclination to help, setting records in both donors and dollars during our Giving Day in May. They also endowed a COVID-19 Relief Fund which enabled the college to fund grants, laptops or internet hotspots for dozens of cadets, students or employees facing economic hardship.

Members of our campus community have also contributed a tremendous amount of time, effort and energy in our community by creating N95 masks, laundering linens for the city’s warming shelters for the homeless and myriad other outreach opportunities. There’s no more powerful way to create camaraderie than being there for each other when times are tough.

Any organization facing a crisis does well to remain true to its values, and The Citadel is no exception. Our core values of honor, duty and respect are always a prominent part of campus life, and they have been essential in navigating this difficult year.

The COVID-19 environment presented innumerable complications, but our campus community came together to treat our safety measures as a duty we perform to protect each other. Indeed, Cadet Colonel Nick Piacentini, regimental commander of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, referred to operating in a COVID environment as “the ultimate team sport.”

And while racial and political tension dominated the news across the country, it was encouraging to see members of our campus community treat each other with respect and thoughtfulness. Institutions of higher learning, in particular, must always be places where we can disagree without demeaning one another.

In August, I told our returning cadets that their most memorable experiences and their most powerful relationships are developed when they are overcoming challenges together.

We understand we have more obstacles ahead to complete this academic year. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth the effort. Going through this experience together as a community will make us better, and if we continue to do it right, we will create bonds that can never be broken.

Retired Gen. Glenn M. Walters, a 1979 Citadel graduate and the 34th assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, is president of The Citadel.

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.

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.

Our Mighty Citadel 2026: Advancing our legacy of leadership Tue, 01 Sep 2020 18:03:21 +0000 The Citadel’s new strategic plan, Our Mighty Citadel 2026, is now in place to serve as the guideline for the college’s evolution.]]>

The Citadel’s new strategic plan gets underway following BOV approval

The Citadel’s new strategic plan, Our Mighty Citadel 2026, is now in place to serve as the guideline for the college’s evolution. The Citadel Board of Visitors (BOV) voted unanimously to approve the plan during a meeting today.

“This vital document is born from months of commitment and planning involving stakeholders across campus, honoring this institution’s 177-year past, and ensuring it continues to thrive for generations to come,” said Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Ret.), president of The Citadel. “The Citadel is a unique brand, and like most successful organizations, relies upon a strategic plan to advance our mission and guarantee our goals align to protect that brand.”

Academic programing and how the college interacts with the region and the community are at the center of the plan. The campus infrastructure is a major component. And, for the first time, athletics is incorporated into the plan. Our Mighty Citadel 2026 is outlined with all elements clearly communicated on a new, corresponding website.

“Our Mighty Citadel 2026 is a carefully laid out, very intentional pathway that will propel the college toward an even stronger, more vibrant future,” said Col. Fred L. Price, Jr., BOV chair. “Detailed actions and key performance indicators accompany each element of the plan to allow for the measurement and tracking of progress.”

The Citadel Provost and Dean of the College, Sally Selden, Ph.D., SPHR, will oversee the implementation of Our Mighty Citadel 2026, leading a committee that will monitor and incrementally report on the progress to the BOV and campus community.

The plan includes the following initiatives, each with numerous supporting targets that can be seen on the website:

  1. Educate and develop principled leaders.
  2. Enhance the learning environment through academic programs of distinction and student success services.
  3. Advance The Citadel as the Senior Military College and Graduate College of choice.
  4. Create and maintain safe and secure campus facilities to advance student learning, innovation, and campus operations.
  5. Ensure The Citadel has the leadership, talent, diversity and inclusive culture to accomplish is mission.
  6. Enhance the region’s social, educational and economic development through meaningful community and corporate collaborations.

View Our Mighty Citadel 2026 in its entirety here.

Citadel postpones parade, events honoring Class of 2020 Wed, 26 Aug 2020 18:00:05 +0000 Due to the evolving COVID-19 environment, the parade honoring the Class of 2020 which had been scheduled for the weekend of September 18-19 will be postponed.]]>

Due to the evolving COVID-19 environment, the parade honoring the Class of 2020 which had been scheduled for the weekend of September 18-19 will be postponed. Also postponed is the opportunity for 2020 graduates to walk the stage and receive their diplomas from General Walters or a legacy presenter. The Citadel will announce a new date once conditions enable such large gatherings.

Citadel leadership made the decision, along with cancelling all review parades in September, in order to keep the campus and local communities safe through the pandemic.

“We will conduct in-person events to honor the Class of 2020 when conditions permit,” said Gen. Glenn Walters, USMC (Ret.) president of The Citadel. “It will be a great day when we can welcome the Class of 2020 back to campus and fully celebrate their accomplishments together as a Citadel family.”

For more information about COVID-19, and the actions The Citadel is taking to keep campus safe, click here.

Matriculation update: Top 9 takeaways from Class of 2024 Virtual Town Hall Wed, 22 Jul 2020 20:41:29 +0000 The Citadel President Gen. Walters, Provost Dr. Selden, and Commandant of Cadets Capt. Paluso, led a virtual town hall meeting to discuss Matriculation Day.]]>

Even if you watched it, please read this article; two adjustments made to information provided during the town hall

As The Citadel moves forward with Operation Fall Return 2020, an agile, conditions-based plan to return cadets and students to face-to-face instruction, college leadership is communicating regularly to keep all constituents informed.

The Citadel President, Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Ret.), Sally Selden, Ph.D., the provost, and Capt. Geno Paluso, USN (Ret.), the commandant of cadets, led a virtual town hall meeting July 21 for the incoming Class of 2024 and their parents, to supplement the other communications related to the Aug. 8 Matriculation Day. Close to 800 people watched the live event. This was the third in a series of virtual town halls conducted for different campus audiences in July.

“This will be a good year for your freshman both academically and military. We have set conditions for safety and success, but every cadet must follow the rules for us to get this right, and for the sake of all,” said Walters. “I am proud of how our staff and faculty have prepared for this operation. We are all here for the purpose of making your knob’s experience productive and successful.”

Walters said he expect about 700 knobs to matriculate.

The top 9 takeaways from the freshmen virtual conversation, which included real-time questions from cadets and parents, are as follows:

  1. Freshmen must be tested for COVID-19 while still at home, approximately two weeks prior to matriculation. Those with negative test results need to email them by Aug. 7 to Any cadet recruit receiving a positive test result should email it to the admissions address, and call admissions to discuss options and receive instructions at (843) 953-5230. If for some reason a cadet recruit cannot be tested, or does not receive test results prior to matriculation, that knob should report to campus and will be tested upon arrival.
  2. NEW: Some parents expressed concerns during the town hall because medical providers had refused to test asymptomatic patients without an order from a physician. Dr. Carey Capell, The Citadel’s physician, has written a letter that should help with these situations. You can download and print the letter here.
  3. NEW: Matriculation Day instructions for parents: Arrive according to the pre-provided specific check in time. Follow traffic directions. Help your knob unload belongings in a timely fashion at the barracks curb where directed, say goodbye at curb and depart. After that, parents are asked to depart campus. Although Gen. Walters and the Citadel leadership team would have been delighted to meet parents in person on Matriculation Day, the matriculation planning team has adjusted the planned face-to-face engagement in McAlister Field House to a virtual engagement Thursday Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. This is a change from what was discussed on the Zoom engagement for incoming freshmen and parents.
  4. Examples of COVID-19 protective measures being taken on campus include expert, robust sanitization of campus facilities as well as social distancing for classes, formation, mess hall, and in any required group setting. Additionally, no leave will be granted for any cadet until at least two weeks after reconstitution. The Citadel will also have testing capacity to test and, as appropriate, quarantine those who test positive for COVID-19.
  5. Knobs will always wear masks other than for PT, eating, in the shower or in their rooms. It is part of their required uniform, as it is for the entire Corps. Arrive wearing a face covering and additional masks will be provided at check-in.
  6. All cadets will register for times for breakfast and lunch based on their provided class schedules and need to abide by those times, which helps assure appropriate social distancing arrangements in the mess hall.
  7. Components of fall semester such as parades, club or intramural sports activities, or Parents’ Weekend are conditions-based, with decisions being made after the semester gets underway. The freshmen Oath Ceremony will be livestreamed on Facebook Monday, Aug. 10 at 4:30 p.m.
  8. Socially distanced church services will be held in the chapel on campus. For knobs who wish to worship at Charleston’s mosque or synagogue, for example, arrangements will be provided to facilitate that. Additionally, there are supportive faith groups for many denominations listed here. It’s important to recognize that the ability of these groups to meet in person may be limited to maintain social distance and prevent virus spread.
  9. Knobs should bring headsets or ear buds that work with their computer to use during study sessions and during the virtual portion of any coursework delivered through our hybrid model, which will help maintain social distance in high demand classes.

“This is a special place. This is not an easy place. For most knobs, there will be a time when they feel like quitting,” said Paluso. “Parents should be supportive, but encourage them to be strong and consider the big picture of graduating to become part of The Citadel Long Gray Line, and all of the advantages that go with it. But they’ve got to earn it.”

Any parents, knobs, cadets or students with questions about Operation Fall Return and COVID-19 protocols can find Frequently Asked Questions here, or use this form to send a question.

Watch the recorded Class of 2024 Virtual Town Hall below.

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Johnson Hagood Stadium part of Citadel’s ‘study’ of structures named for historical figures Tue, 14 Jul 2020 18:47:29 +0000 The Citadel will form a committee to study campus structures named for historical figures, including the military school’s football stadium.]]>

As seen in The Post and Courier, by Jeff Hartsell

The Citadel will form a committee to study campus structures named for historical figures, including the military school’s football stadium.

Citadel president Gen. Glenn M. Walters announced the committee in a message to the campus earlier this month. In June, The Citadel’s African American Alumni Association renewed its call to change the name of Johnson Hagood Stadium, which is named for a Citadel graduate and former South Carolina governor who also was a Confederate general and slave-owner.

“Last week I met with our faculty and committed to establishing a committee to further study historical figures for whom structures are named,” Walters said in his July 6 message. “We must understand the facts and the context surrounding their entire lives, to include their service to The Citadel and their communities. We will share our findings and openly discuss them. We will not hide or shy away from learning about and discussing our history — all of it.”

Bruce Alexander, president of the African American Alumni Association, welcomed the news.

“Gen. Walters is a guy that has truly made a difference, and this is a step we definitely needed,” said Alexander, a 1982 Citadel graduate who played football for the Bulldogs.

“We’re just proud of the fact that the school is taking necessary steps to look at these structures,” he said. “Nothing is in concrete right now, but as a great leader you have to look at all the resources you have. If there are opportunities, there are people who will step up and take the necessary action to make this happen.”

In his statement, Walters cited recent events, including the death of George Floyd and the fifth-year anniversary of Emanuel AME shooting in Charleston. Myra Thompson, who earned two masters degrees from The Citadel’s graduate college, was among nine worshipers killed at Emanuel AME in 2015.

“Racism negatively affects us all,” said Walters, who also remarked on a recent Post and Courier article about the experiences of black Citadel football players. “As a college whose mission is to educate and develop principled leaders, The Citadel holds an important role in addressing and eliminating racism. We will discuss racism openly and take substantive actions to eliminate it.”

Walters noted that the school is bound by the state’s Heritage Act, a state law that forbids removal from public property of flags or memorials for any war, historic figure or event without a two-thirds vote of the Legislature.

The Citadel already has tested the Heritage Act with regard to the Confederate flag hanging in Summerall Chapel on campus.

In 2015, The Citadel’s Board of Visitors voted that “the Confederate Naval Jack should be moved from Summerall Chapel.” The Citadel followed up with a letter to the Speaker of the House, who replied that “the General Assembly has completed its consideration of the issue and the matter is considered settled.”

“Anger and sadness about incidents of racial injustice fuel more friction,” Walters said. “Many in South Carolina debate the Heritage Act, restricting any changes to public monuments or structures dedicated in memory of historical figures or events. I hear from many of our Citadel family members on both sides of the issue. Almost everyone agrees we should not try to change our history, and should not fear it. We can use those unifying sentiments to move forward together.

“We are not at liberty to unilaterally change the structures protected by the Heritage Act, and The Citadel is committed to always follow the law. We can research these historical figures and learn of decisions they made, actions they took, and the ramifications.”

Walters said a lot of that work has already been done as part of The Citadel’s involvement in a 40-school consortium called “Universities Studying Slavery.”

As it turns out, The Citadel’s football stadium was not named by the school itself, but by the City of Charleston.

In 1927, after the city built the stadium, some members of city council wanted to name it after the mayor at the time, Thomas P. Stoney. But Stoney, according to an article in the Charleston Evening Post, declined the honor and insisted it be named for Johnson Hagood.

“The name Johnson Hagood stands out in the history of this state and nation, the mayor declared,” according to the article. “And he would not consider any other name for the stadium.”

Walters said that The Citadel has “an opportunity to do this right as an institution and as a Citadel family.”

“As we advance inclusive excellence in our campus community, it will not always be easy, and it will not be perfect,” he said. “We must address this issue with grace and empathy for each other, and in alignment with our core values of Honor, Duty and Respect.

“This opportunity of ours must have our personal attention — every one of us.”

Top 6 takeaways from Operation Fall Return 2020 Virtual Town Hall Thu, 09 Jul 2020 17:26:49 +0000 The Citadel President, Gen. Walters, Provost Dr. Sally Selden and Commandant of Cadets Capt. Paluso, led a virtual town hall for cadets and their parents.]]>

Citadel president, provost and commandant answer questions during July 8 event

As The Citadel moves forward with Operation Fall Return 2020, an agile, conditions-based plan to return cadets and students to face-to-face instruction, college leadership is communicating regularly to keep all constituents informed.

The Citadel President, Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Ret.), Sally Selden, Ph.D., the provost, and Capt. Geno Paluso, USN (Ret.), the commandant of cadets, led a virtual town hall meeting July 8 for cadets and their parents, to supplement the other communications being used to convey developments related to the operation. Members of the Zoom audience submitted questions via the Zoom chat function, many of which were answered live.

The top six takeaways from the virtual conversation:

  1. Report dates and class dates for Corps moved up one week for compressed semester that will end just before Thanksgiving.
  2. Protections in place will include masks and sanitation supplies for cadets, and methodical, expert, and ongoing sanitization of all campus facilities.
  3. Cadets asked to complete COVID-19 test as close to two weeks prior to return as possible and submit emailed test results to their TAC (or for freshmen, to
  4. The Citadel’s plan is informed by lessons learned from hosting U.S. Marine Corps staff and recruits at the college for two weeks of observation before the recruits ship out to Parris Island for basic recruit training.
  5. The Citadel will temporarily modify cadet barracks assignments for three groups of cadets — athletes, cadre and knobs, and remaining upper-class cadets, in order to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading during the phased arrival of each group.
  6. The Citadel will modify academic courses to a “hybrid” academic model, and will use a phased arrival plan for matriculation. These changes help the college maintain appropriate social distancing.

Also noted was a study by Cornell University researchers, reported in Inside Higher Education, that concludes that an in-person semester would result in fewer campus members being infected, compared to an online semester where campus populations would be out in communities where fewer protective measures are in place or required.

Approximately 1,000 people joined the Zoom town hall session live, and the recording link on Facebook has been viewed 12,000 times.

Matriculation Day 2019

The next virtual town hall will address incoming freshmen and their parents. The information and link are as follows:

Citadel Class of 2024 Fall Return Town Hall
Tuesday, July 21 at 7 p.m.

Have a question? 

As Operation Fall Return 2020 progresses, information is added to the Operation Fall Return 2020 website where frequently asked questions can also be read. 

Members of The Citadel Family with questions are encouraged to submit them here.

Watch the July 8 Operation Fall Return 2020 Virtual Town Hall for cadets and parents below.

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Photo: Citadel alumni salute during Homecoming 2019 parade on Summerall Field

As The Citadel moves forward with Operation Fall Return 2020, an agile, conditions-based plan to return cadets and students to face-to-face instruction, college leadership is communicating regularly to keep all constituents informed.

The Citadel President, Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Ret.), with other leadership, is holding virtual town hall meetings, to supplement the other communications channels being used to convey developments and details related to Operation Fall Return 2020 to specific Citadel audiences. The Citadel has one of the most engaged alumni populations of any college in America, thus on Monday, July 6, Walters led a Zoom town hall session specifically for alumni. About 500 Citadel alumni tuned in live to learn about the operation, and the Facebook recorded version of the session has been viewed almost 9,000 times.

Participating with Walters were CAA president, Ed White, Citadel provost and dean, Dr. Sally Selden, and the Commandant of Cadets, Capt. Geno Paulso, USN (Ret.). Alumni submitted questions using the Zoom chat function, many of which the leaders answered directly during the one-hour session. (Please note that the introductory portion with White had a technical complication, making it difficult to hear.)

Have a question?

As the plan progresses, information is added to the Operation Fall Return 2020 website where frequently asked questions can also be read. 

Members of The Citadel Family with questions are encouraged to submit them here.

The next virtual town hall: July 21

The next town hall is for incoming freshmen and their families. The information and link are as follows:

Citadel Class of 2024 Fall Return Town Hall: Tuesday, July 21 at 7 p.m.

Watch the July 6 Citadel Alumni Fall Return Town Hall below