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Citadel News Service
8 Apr 2013

Leaders of Principle honored by School of Business Administration

The School of Business Administration will recognize a distinguished Naval aviator, one of Charleston's leading preservationists and two business executives as this year's Leaders of Principle and recipient of the Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Distinguished Leadership Award.

The 2013 Hall of Fame banquet and awards presentation is an invitation-only event on Thursday, April 11, at the Holliday Alumni Center, 69 Hagood Ave. During the banquet, the School of Business will present awards to students and faculty and will recognize those students slated later this month for induction into the honor society Beta Gamma Sigma.

Leaders of Principle have enjoyed substantial success in business or public service and have made significant contributions to their communities. The Chapman award honors exceptional young leaders, ages 30 to 50, who have been successful in business and have made noteworthy contributions to their communities.

Other awards recipients:

  • Undergraduate Professor of the Year – Brig. Gen. Patrick J. Manna, USAFR (Ret.)
  • Evening Undergraduate Professor of the Year – Lancie Affonso, MBA
  • MBA Professor of the Year – Timothy Keogh, Ph.D.
  • Most Outstanding Business Administration Senior – Cadet Andrew G. Munnerlyn
  • Most Outstanding Evening Undergraduate Senior -- Michael P. McKanna
  • MBA Student of the Year – Clayborn S. Gaillard

The Hall of Fame Leaders of Principle program honors those who have lived a life consistent with The Citadel's mission to educate and develop leaders of principle to serve a global community and demonstrates the values of integrity, diversity, respect and professional and intellectual development for all. This year's inductees are:

Leaders of Principle

Keller Kissam

keller kissamJoining SCANA Corp. in 1988, Kissam has worked for the company for 23 years in various capacities including vice president of South Carolina Pipeline Corp., vice president of SCE&G gas operations as well as vice president of SCE&G electric operations. As president of SCE&G Retail, he is responsible for customer service, reliability and operating excellence for electric and gas operations of the company.

A native of Creston, S.C., Kissam is a 1988 graduate of The Citadel, where he served as regimental commander of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets and was a recipient of the Order of the Palmetto.

He is currently president of the South Carolina Independent School Association and a member of The Citadel Hall of Fame Committee and the Former Regimental Commanders' Association. He also has served as a Sunday school teacher at Shandon United Methodist Church for 15

years. He is currently on the board of City Year and Wilson Hall School. He has previously served on the boards of Hammond School, Senior Resources, Clemson University Board of Visitors and Carolina Children's Hospital. He has chaired both the United Way and March of Dimes SCANA campaigns.

Luther Kissam, IV

luke kissamLuther C. "Luke" Kissam, IV, a native of Creston, S.C. and Keller Kissam's brother, attended The Citadel on a Citadel Scholar scholarship. While at The Citadel, he attained the highest position of leadership a cadet can earn in each of his three upper class years, progressing from regimental clerk as a sophomore to regimental sergeant major as a junior to regimental commander as a senior. He was also elected by his classmates as class president each year and served as sophomore and junior class presidents. He was the First Honor Graduate, earning a BA in English in 1986. Following his graduation, he attended the University of South Carolina School of Law where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1989.

Today, Luke Kissam serves as chief executive officer of Albemarle Corp. Headquartered in Baton Rouge, La.; Albemarle Corp. is a leading global developer, manufacturer, and marketer of highly engineered specialty chemicals for a variety of uses including consumer electronics, petroleum refining, utilities, construction, pharmaceuticals and crop protection.

Luke Kissam was elected CEO after nearly eight years with the company serving in various capacities, including president; senior vice president, manufacturing and law; and vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. Prior to joining Albemarle, he served as vice president, general counsel and secretary of Merisant Co. and as associate general counsel of Monsanto Co. He started his career in 1989 as an associate with the law firm of Nexsen Pruet Jacobs & Pollard in Columbia, S.C., before moving to Greenwood Mills as assistant general counsel. He is on the board of directors of the American Chemistry Council, The Citadel Foundation, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, The Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation, City Year Baton Rouge and the Albemarle Foundation.

Katharine Robinson

katharine robinsonIn her current role as president and CEO of Historic Charleston Foundation, Robinson has been at the forefront of preservation on both the national and local levels for more than three decades. From addressing key civic challenges to carrying out Historic Charleston Foundation's mission of preserving the historical, architectural, and cultural character of Charleston, Robinson is a community leader with a strong passion for conservation.

Born in Montgomery, Ala., Robinson came to South Carolina in 1964 to attend Converse College in Spartanburg. She left Converse in 1966 to support her husband, Randal, a helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army and relocated across the country and overseas over several years. While the pair spent time abroad, Robinson's leadership traits became evident as she was the youngest president of the officers' wives clubs in Germany.

In 1971, the Robinsons moved to South Carolina and settled in Randal's hometown of Charleston. Quickly becoming immersed in the Charleston culture and history, Robinson volunteered for several years during Historic Charleston Foundation's annual spring Festival of Houses and Gardens as well as for the Junior League of Charleston, where she was elected as its youngest president.

A graduate of the College of Charleston, Robinson has served with the Association of Junior Leagues, worked as Historic Charleston's festival director and as director of development at Porter-Gaud School where she led advancement efforts through 2000. During her time at Porter Gaud, Robinson remained committed to preserving Charleston, serving on the board of trustees of Historic Charleston Foundation. In 2000, while serving as the vice president of the board , she was selected as the foundation's executive director

Robinson currently is serving in a leadership capacity on more than a dozen civic boards and organizations. Among them are The Citadel School of Business Advisory Board, Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Charleston Heritage Federation, Civic Design Center, Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie Trust and the College of Charleston Graduate School Advisory Board.

She has been a frequent speaker for civic organizations and decorative arts groups and museums including the Cosmopolitan Club of New York, the National Trust Local and State Partners, and Historic Annapolis Foundation.

The Alvah H. Chapman, Jr. Distinguished Leadership Award

Capt. Gregory McWherter, USN

greg mcwherterA native of Atlanta, Ga., McWherter played NCAA Division 1 soccer while at The Citadel and graduated Cum Laude with a BS in civil engineering and received a commission through NROTC in 1990. McWherter entered aviation training at Naval Air Station Pensacola in June 1990 and flew the T-34C Mentor at nearby Naval Air Station Whiting Field, before moving to Naval Air Station Meridian, Miss., to fly the T-2C Buckeye and TA-4J Skyhawk. McWherter earned his Wings of Gold in September 1992.

In November 1992, McWherter reported to Strike Fighter Squadron 106 (VFA-106) at Naval Air Station Cecil Field, Fla. Upon completion of initial FA-18 Hornet training, he received orders to the "Wildcats" of VFA-131, where he served as Landing Signals Officer, Weapons Training Officer, and Quality Assurance Officer. From October 1993 to February 1997, he completed two workups and deployments to the Mediterranean Sea and Persian Gulf aboard USS George Washington (CVN-73). In May 1995, CAPT McWherter graduated from the United States Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) and was selected as VFA-131's Pilot of the Year in 1996.

McWherter has been a TOPGUN Instructor and subject matter expert on short-range missiles, commanded the "World Famous Golden Dragons" through three major deployments aboard USS Kitty Hawk and served as the commanding officer and flight leader of the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, from November 2008 until November 2010. After a brief tour with the Naval Service Training Command, McWherter again commanded the Blue Angels from May 2011 until November 2012. McWherter is currently the director of Officer Development for the Naval Service Training Command.

McWherter has accumulated over 5,500 flight hours and 950 carrier arrested landings. His decorations include the Legion of Merit (2 awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), three Air Medals (Strike Flight), and various other personal, campaign, and unit awards.

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