Citadel cadet and alumnus recognized with one of college’s highest honors
During The Citadel’s 2017 Corps Day celebration, two individuals were awarded The Palmetto Medal, one of the highest honors presented by The Citadel. The award is given annually to those who personify the college’s mission of principled leadership. It is with great pride that The Citadel Board of Visitors awarded the 2017 Palmetto Medal to Cadet Colonel Kevin Michael MacDonald and Henry Anthony Kennedy, Jr., Citadel Class of 1970.
Cadet Colonel Kevin Michael MacDonald, Regimental Commander
Col. Peter McCoy pins the Palmetto Medal on MacDonald
Cadet Colonel Kevin Michael MacDonald is a model cadet whose commitment to principled leadership is apparent in all he does. From his first leadership role as a sophomore, when he served as a company clerk and squad corporal, to his role as battalion command sergeant major his junior year, he demonstrated an exceptional ability to lead. Now a senior, he serves as regimental commander, the highest ranking member of the Corps of Cadets, responsible for the welfare of more than 2,300 cadets. As the regimental commander, he is poised and in control—a leader who understands the value of teamwork and leadership by example.
In addition to holding rank, MacDonald has served in the Knights of Columbus, as a commander of the Junior Sword Arch, and as a Summerall Guard. Following graduation in May, MacDonald will commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
Henry Anthony Kennedy, Jr., ‘70
Col. Fred Price, Citadel Board of Visitors, pins Palmetto Medal on Kennedy
Henry Anthony Kennedy, Jr., grew up in Charleston knowing that, like his father, a 1941 graduate, he would attend The Citadel. The Golf Company cadet, who enjoyed the camaraderie and experience of cadet life, graduated in 1970 and returned to his alma mater two years later as head of student recruitment, a position he held for two years until he was named director of Alumni Affairs and Placement.
Under Mr. Kennedy, Placement grew from a little-known office to a prominent Career Services department that hosted resume seminars and successful career fairs. Alumni Affairs, too, underwent an evolution. With only a meager budget and a skeletal staff, Mr. Kennedy turned the office into a thriving business with increased alumni membership, sales of collegiate merchandise, and revenue from an alumni travel program. His career at The Citadel culminated in the construction of the state-of-the-art John Monroe Holliday Alumni Center, an endeavor that Mr. Kennedy oversaw from start to finish.
In recognition of his long-lasting tenure and his devotion to his alma mater, The Citadel Board of Visitors was pleased to present Henry Anthony Kennedy, Jr. with the 2017 Palmetto Medal.