Class of 1980 honors Congressman Buyer
Mark Clark Hall auditorium today was named in honor of Indiana Congressman Steve Buyer, Citadel Class of 1980.
One of the campus venues most associated with cadet life, Mark Clark Hall Auditorium is frequently used for campus lectures, fine arts performances, student meetings, Red Cross blood drives and various departmental functions. The Honorable Stephen E. Buyer Auditorium recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of one of The Citadel’s models of civic responsibility and dutiful public service.
“To be honored by my mentors and peers is humbling,” Buyer said. “I believe The Citadel’s principled leadership traits have proven to be the best orientation to lead a nation.”
Buyer’s Class of 1980 raised money to renovate the auditorium. His classmates recommended it named in his honor. The Citadel Board of Visitors approved it in October.
The dedication ceremony was attended by Congressman Henry Brown and a letter of congratulations by U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham.
“This college is proud of Steve Buyer and honored to have this opportunity available,” remarked Billy Jenkinson, chairman of The Citadel’s Board of Visitors, “He is most deserving.”
Major General Roger Cliff Poole, interim Citadel President, echoed these sentiments. “Congressmen Buyer exemplifies the traits that The Citadel holds most dear through his leadership, achievements and service to others,” Poole said. “He is a true citizen soldier.”
Buyer is a distinguished military graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from The Citadel in Charleston, S.C. Upon graduation from Valparaiso Law School, Buyer branch transferred to the Judge Advocate General Corps and was called to active duty for a period of three years. He was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the United States Army and served his country in the Gulf War. Buyer currently serves as a colonel in the Army Reserves and co-chairs the U.S. House of Representatives Guard and Reserve Components Caucus.In 1992, Buyer was elected to Congress from Indiana. He is currently serving his 7th term for Indiana’s Fourth Congressional District.