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Citadel News Service
9 Nov 2011

Business school honors Robert S. Adden as Alumnus of the Year

The Citadel School of Business Administration will honor retired Army Col. Robert S. Adden of Charleston as its 2011 Alumnus of the Year with an awards reception to be held on Friday, Nov. 11 in Bond Hall Room 295.

Adden, a member of the Class of 1944 – “the class that never was,” left The Citadel after his junior year to serve in World War II. The Class of 1944 did not have a senior year, nor did its members have a commencement ceremony. The entire class was called to fight in World War II. Some, like Adden, came back to finish college, but others did not.

After being seriously wounded in Europe, Adden was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V” and the Purple Heart. He completed his bachelor’s degree as the first honor graduate of The Citadel. Adden went on to teach at The Citadel, starting in 1947. After receiving his MBA and Ph.D., he returned to teaching at The Citadel and rose to the rank of colonel and head of the Department of Business Administration, launching the MBA and evening undergraduate programs.

Adden has also been described as “the most loyal fan of Citadel athletics” and “the mainstay” of the class of 1944. He is a life member of the advisory board of The Salvation Army, a member of the Rotary Club of Charleston and a former treasurer of The Citadel Foundation.

“Colonel Adden has been a positive role model for literally thousands of Citadel business students,” said Ron Green, dean of the School of Business Administration. “His leadership will forever leave a mark on the business school and on The Citadel. It is a real pleasure to bring attention to his lifelong accomplishments.”

The Citadel School of Business Administration Alumnus of the Year Award is given annually. It honors a business school graduate who has enjoyed success and made significant contributions to the community through the principles of integrity, fairness and concern for others as well as the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge to promote enlightened changes in society.

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