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Citadel News Service
20 Mar 2009

Commandant of Cadets search committee named

Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa has appointed retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Mike Steele to lead the search for the military college’s next commandant of cadets.

Retired Army Col. Greg Stone has served as commandant since the 2005. He plans to step down May 29. Stone and his wife will return to his hometown of Seattle, Wash., where they will join the private sector.

Other members of the search committee are Ben Legare, member of The Citadel Board of Visitors, Brig. Gen. Sam Hines, dean and provost of the college, Col. Joe Trez, chief of staff, and Brig. Gen. Harry Carter, director of academic leadership programs.

The search committee will hold an organizational meeting at 1 p.m. Monday, March 23, 2009 at Citadel Human Resources. 

Steele is a 1967 graduate of The Citadel as well as a graduate of Webster University and the National War College. He retired from active duty as commanding general, United States Army Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., after 34 years. He is the president of Osprey Bay, LLC, Defense Consulting Services located on Seabrook Island, S.C. He was recently elected to one of three alumni seats on The Citadel’s Board of Visitors.

“The commandant of cadets is charged by the president with direct responsibility for the South Carolina Corps of Cadets,” Steele said. “The commandant is one of the most significant and influential leadership positions at The Citadel. “

About the other search committee members:

  • Legare, Class of 1963, recently reitred as director of governmental and community affairs at The Citadel. He has been a member of The Citadel Board of Visitors since May 2008.
  • Hines is the provost and dean of the college for The Citadel. Before coming to The Citadel he was a professor and administrator at the College of Charleston for 34 years.
  • Trez, Class of 1969, currently serves as director of The Citadel staff. He served on active duty in the U.S. Army for 26 years as an infantry officer in both peace and war, commanding infantry units at every level up to and including brigade command. He also served as a division and post chief of staff, an instructor at The Infantry School and as both an assistant professor and military science professor at The Citadel.
  • Carter came to The Citadel in 1999 after 25 years in administration and teaching at Georgia Southern University. He served in the United States Navy from 1966 to 1969 and then served more than 25 years in active reserve with the Georgia Air National Guard, retiring with the rank of colonel in 1996. 

The search committee will review applications, making recommendations to Rosa.

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