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Citadel News Service
14 Jun 2008

Gen. Rosa's report to alumni on June 14 BOV meeting

The following is a report from The Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa to alumni on actions taken during the June 14 meeting of The Citadel Board of Visitors.

Tuition and fees
The Citadel’s budget for 2008-09 will be over $88 million. Unfortunately, state support of The Citadel has declined to the point where less than 17 percent of our operation is supported by state revenue. That forces us to make tough choices regarding tuition, the college’s primary source of revenue.

Today, the Board of Visitors approved an eight percent increase in the 2008-2009 comprehensive cost to parents and cadets – the “all in” costs – including tuition and fees, and auxiliary fees for room, board, mandatory uniforms and infirmary use, among others. The in-state all in costs for freshmen will be $20,897, and $17,017 for upperclassmen. Out-of-state all in costs for freshmen will be $33,500 and $29,620 for upperclassmen.

Tuition at The Citadel Graduate College will increase by $45 per credit hour for graduate courses, and undergraduate courses taught at the CGC will increase by $38. CGC graduate tuition will remain the lowest in the state, by over $40 per credit hour in 2008-2009.

We are committed to ensuring the excellence our students and their families expect of The Citadel, but we will do all we can to keep the “Best Buy” designation we have received in national rankings of colleges and universities.

Hair Policies Revised
The Citadel Board of Visitors voted unanimously to revise the college’s hair policies for upperclass male and female cadets, which are modeled on the Department of the Army standards, with no changes to knob haircuts.

Beginning in the fall, upperclass women in the South Carolina Corps of Cadets will reflect Army standards in that they will be permitted to wear their hair neatly and tightly fastened or pinned so no free hanging hair is visible and does not fall below the bottom of the collar.

Along with a number of alumni, the Faculty Council, Academic Board, cadet leadership, and an NCAA peer review team all urged I review the hair policies. The new hair policies underscore that we will treat our cadets fairly. While previously only upperclass male cadets were allowed to keep their hair to Army standards, now our upperclass female hair standards will be modeled after the Army as well. The new policies also will allow for a neater presentation by our female cadets.

Veterans Program
The Board of Visitors approved a revision of the Veterans Program that will make eligible for the ring and diploma cadets who are called to or volunteer for active duty, are injured in “the line of duty” and who meet all other requirements. Additionally, cadets who have served at least four semesters in the Corps of Cadets and who otherwise meet requirements are eligible for the cadet ring and diploma.

The board made these changes in recognition of the experience of Citadel cadets in the War on Terror, with support from cadets and members of the alumni.

Leckonby appointed Athletics Director
I am very proud to report the Board of Visitors accepted my recommendation and officially appointed Larry Leckonby as The Citadel’s new Athletics Director. Larry comes to us from the University of Maryland where he was associate athletics director and chief financial officer.

When I interviewed Larry, I was impressed by his professionalism, his vision and his grasp of the challenges faced by Citadel students as they strive to be cadets and athletes. I am pleased to say that in Larry we have found someone who exemplifies the core values of The Citadel, a man of great integrity and skilled leadership.

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