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Citadel News Service
17 Oct 2007

Corps of Cadets Top 9 discuss leadership

This in the fifth in an occasional series highlighting the unique educational environment at The Citadel. "Service and Leadership" will profile people and events that exemplify "The Citadel Experience," its leadership laboratory and the college's mission of achieving excellence in the education of principled leaders.

Principled leadership comes in many forms. Citadel cadets who take on the challenge and responsibility for day-to-day management of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets learn first hand what it means to be a good leader – and sometimes what it means to be a bad leader. And that’s the point.

Attending The Citadel is more comprehensive than the typical college education because it is focused on the development of the whole person. Peers supervise peers. It’s a challenge, and it is more complex than the basic training programs of the military because of the length of the experience and the developmental areas involved. It is a “full-contact” process of personal growth and development – and that is what makes a Citadel education unique.

Regardless of his or her academic or extracurricular endeavors, the individual cadet cannot escape the overwhelming personal impact of The Citadel culture, the college’s academic and co-curricular programs and systems, and the requirement to interact with other cadets, faculty and staff. Our special blend of these institutional features defies easy description. To capture a broader perspective and provide a “label” that highlights the components, the interactions, and the synergy of this journey we refer to it simply as “The Citadel Experience.” It is the focal point for our institutional philosophy on leader development and sets the context for what we do to produce principled leaders.

We talk with the Top 9 ranking cadets in the Corps to learn more about them, their leadership philosophies and what they want their Citadel experience to be.

Regimental Commander
Cadet Col. Chase Mohler
Political science
Beaufort, South Carolina
Home company - Romeo

Cadet Mohler came to the Citadel because he wanted to have an above-average college experience. He chose The Citadel for its emphasis on values and character.

“The leadership training I have received during my three previous years was invaluable. I have the awesome privilege and responsibility to serve as the cadet regimental commander and I see my role as multifaceted. I directly set the tone and vision for the Corps of Cadets and I am the pivot point between the administration and the cadets.”

Mohler’s goal is improving cadet leadership training. One new tool has been a cadre trip to Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina. Mohler also has the top cadet leadership teach the cadre the classes that they will be responsible for teaching the fourth class.

After graduation, Mohler hopes to pursue a career in the military. He would also like to go to graduate school for a degree in public administration.

Something you might not know: Mohler is “family” with Maj. Richard W. Colcock, a West Point graduate who served as president of The Citadel from 1844 to 1852. Colcock is Mohler’s god mother’s grandfather.


Regimental Executive Officer
Cadet Lt. Col. Matthew Butsick
Civil and environmental engineering
Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania.
Home company - Alpha


Cadet Butsick is responsible for coordinating and executing the efforts of the Regimental Staff to meet the wants and needs of the Corps of Cadets. He has previously held positions in the administrative, supply and the operations chains of command.

Cadet Butsick’s goal for the year is to provide and promote efficient but compassionate leadership to the Corps of Cadets. He hopes to show rising leaders in the Corps that leadership is a balance between “being mission-driven and caring about your people.”

Cadet Butsick is active in Knights of Columbus, Marathon Club, American Society of Civil Engineers, and Tau Beta Pi. He plans on attending law school or graduate school for structural engineering after graduation.

Something you might not know: Butsick grows his own coffee

1st Battalion Commander
Cadet Lt. Col. Edward Kay
Political science
Pittsford, New York.
Home company - Bravo

Cadet Kay is in charge of the welfare, discipline, and military, physical, and academic proficiency of all members of First Battalion. Cadet Kay’s goal is for First Battalion to be first in military, academic, and physical proficiency. He plans on accomplishing this through training, accountability, and instilling ownership in as many cadets as possible.

“Leadership training needs to be less abstract and more useable. And it must come from diverse sources. My goal is to integrate the high level of leadership in the Corps of Cadets into the many outside programs used to give us information and skills and work toward making what is taught applicable to cadet life.”

Cadet Kay wants his fellow cadets to remember the class of 2008 for its example of positive and professional leadership. He himself wants to be remembered as an energetic leader who was never too arrogant to listen to other’s opinions and never compromised on matters of principle.

Cadet Kay will be commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Marines following graduation.

Something you might not know: In high school he tutored students who had fled from the Taliban through an Afghan refugee program.

2nd Battalion Commander
Cadet Lt. Col. William Morris Coleman
Civil engineering major
Greenville, South Carolina.
Home company – Regimental Band

Cadet Coleman has been preparing for a leadership role since his sophomore year. He first served as company and battalion clerk and then became the battalion sergeant major during his junior year.

“My positions have taught me many administrative roles and dealing with peers and superior officers. It has helped me learn how to communicate with people and pass information effectively. I see it as a great way to make me a better Marine.”

Cadet Coleman believes leadership is taught by example, through practical application and hands-on learning. “Although there are many differences between The Citadel and the military, The Citadel environment has helped me learn discipline, communication skills, and time management.”

Cadet Coleman will be commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the Marine Corps following graduation.

Something you might not know: He’s “business first, party second.”

3rd Battalion Commander
Cadet Lt. Col. Jared Newman
Criminal justice and Spanish
Beaufort, South Carolina.
Home company – Lima


Cadet Newman holds himself responsible for the health, welfare, morale, military training, and academic performance of all cadets under his leadership. “My job is to take care of my people.”
Through his roles as administrative and operations clerk and battalion sergeant major, he has witnessed both good and bad leadership traits. “I have learned an overall leadership philosophy through my training here at school and through jobs I have held. Leadership is about people and the time I have had to learn how to deal with people has helped me tremendously.”

Cadet Newman plans on either attending law school or graduate school after graduation. He wants to work for the FBI.

Something you might not know: “I talk faster than anyone I know.”

4th Battalion Commander
Cadet Lt. Col. Michael Horger
Biology
Orangeburg, South Carolina.
Home company - Palmetto Battery


Cadet Horger’s philosophy is leadership training is for everyone, not just those who aspire to take on the challenges of a leadership position.

“Every cadet should be placed in some type of eldership role so they can develop themselves through accountability for others and…so they can gain an understanding of what it means to be accountable and to be held accountable for others.

Cadet Horger served as clerk his sophomore year and regimental sergeant major his junior year. “I have learned how to effectively manage my time while dealing with many responsibilities. I also learned how to use the chain of command and delegate tasks. I learned a lot about my leadership style and those of the people around me. I have come to realize that there are many excellent leadership styles and that by working as a team we can use everyone’s leadership strengths to effectively accomplish a mission.”

Cadet Horger wants to attend medical or dental school following graduation.

Something you might not know: He has his once long hair braided in cornrows for a high school soccer game against a rival school.

Regimental Support Battalion Commander
Cadet Lt. Col. Jay Mabry
English major and philosophy minor
Columbia, South Carolina.
Home company – Palmetto Battery


Cadet Mabry served as regimental and battalion clerk his sophomore year and company first sergeant his junior year. In his current position, Cadet Mabry is responsible for the care of two units- Palmetto Battery and the newly reactivated Papa Company. His primary goal for the year is to see that the Regimental Support Battalion, which is housed in Stevens Barracks, gets off to a great start.

“I have learned to tactfully enforce regulations and work with people to get things done. It was here that I developed a lot of the communication skills that I use. I want my legacy to be that I always treated people with integrity, dignity and respect and that I left everything I touch better than I found it.”

Cadet Mabry plans on pursuing a law degree.

Something you might not know: His dream job is being a photographer for National Geographic.

Honor Committee Chairman
Cadet Lt. Col. Benjamin T. Shotzberger
History with a minor in international relations.
Cazenovia, New York.
Home company – November

As honor chairman, Cadet Shotzberger’s oversees 55 Honor Committee members and considers himself a steward of the Honor Code – A cadet does not lie, cheat or steal, nor tolerate those who do.

“Progressing through the ranks I learned the value of followership and the importance of being a subordinate. My peers and I were elected to our positions by the Corps to be stewards of their Honor Code. Their trust in our abilities is the greatest testament to our leadership abilities.”

Cadet Shotzberger’s goals this year are to improve communication, preserve and expand the legitimacy of the Citadel Honor Committee, and help others understand its function. He says, “I want to counter the attitudes that are common among Corps skeptics regarding the honor code, honor committee, and the honor system.”

Shotzberger plans after graduation are undecided.

Something you might not know: He thinks his future will involve “chasing bad guys.”

Regimental Academic Officer
Cadet Lt. Col. Cary McNamara
English major with a minor in U.S. History.
Brentwood, Tenn.
Home company – Tango

Cadet McNamara’s duties are to ensure that there is a seamless flow of information between academic resources on campus and the Corps of Cadets and to ensure that all cadets are aware of and utilize academic resources on campus.

Cadet McNamara says that learning to be a follower during his freshman year taught him what it truly means to inspire other followers. As a leader in the Corps, McNamara hopes to implement a weekly grade-tracking system for freshmen.

Cadet McNamara has been a member of The Round Table, English Club, and Student Council. He has acted as an editor for both The Brigadier and The Shako. Cadet McNamara has also been inducted into three honor societies: Sigma Tau Delta, Phi Alpha Theta, and Phi Kappa Phi. He has been awarded Dean’s List and Gold Stars every semester that he has been at The Citadel.

After graduation, Cadet McNamara will work at Goldman, Sachs & Co. as an investment banking analyst.

Something you might not know: Cadet McNamara describes himself as a junk food addict.


Special thanks to Public Affairs graduate assistant Meredith Boyette and Cadet Maj. Tara Woodside, regimental public affairs officer, for their help compiling this report.

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