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Citadel News Service
5 May 2012

Honorary Degrees awarded at Corps of Cadets commencement

The Citadel Board of Visitors presented honorary degrees to four people during commencement exercises for the South Carolina Corps of Cadets on Saturday, May 5, 2012. The citations appear in alphabetical order.

Joseph Allen Edens

Inspired by a strong commitment to strengthening communities, Joseph Allen Edens has become one of the leading commercial real estate developers in the nation. Today, he is recognized as a visionary leader and philanthropist who has made a difference by expanding opportunities for people and small businesses across the country.


A member of The Citadel Class of 1963, Mr. Edens founded EDENS, a company focused on developing grocery-anchored retail shopping centers. He understood the work required to turn a dream into reality and when he created the company, he was its only employee for the first two years. In 1967, he developed his first shopping center with the idea that such enterprises should also be gathering places for the community. Four decades later, the Columbia, South Carolina-based company has become a leading national developer of community and neighborhood retail centers.

With his first success, Mr. Edens cultivated relationships with grocers and retailers that led to other development opportunities. His business savvy and strategic alliances have helped the company expand so that EDENS now has 120 properties featuring retail centers and sustainable initiatives in 14 states from Boston to Miami.

In recognition of his success and commitment to this state, Mr. Edens was inducted into the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame in 2009. Mr. Edens has served as chairman of the Republic National Bank and on the boards of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond for the 5th District and several other bank boards. His public service includes membership on the boards of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the South Carolina Department of Parks and Recreation, the Medical University of South Carolina, the Federation Center of the Blind and the Columbia Development Corporation.

In recognition of his decades of professional success, leadership and philanthropic work, The Citadel Board of Visitors is proud to present Joseph Allen Edens with the honorary degree of Doctor of Commerce.

William E. Jenkinson III

William E. Jenkinson III knows The Citadel as few people do. Like his grandfather, Class of 1866, and his father, Class of 1934, Colonel Jenkinson has modeled the intrinsic values of a Citadel education and generously given back through his service to others. 


A member of the Class of 1968, Colonel Jenkinson’s greatest test as a cadet leader came when the commandant, Colonel Nugent Courvoisie, directed him to ensure that The Citadel’s first African American cadet had a fair Fourth Class System. Colonel Jenkinson made it his mission to see that Cadet Charles Foster was treated no better and no worse than any other cadet. One of Colonel Jenkinson’s favorite recollections is the thanks he received from the Commandant at graduation for helping Cadet Foster succeed.

Colonel Jenkinson earned his juris doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law and began practice with his father and brother in Kingstree, South Carolina in 1972. Currently a partner in the law firm of Jenkinson, Jarret & Kellahan, Colonel Jenkinson’s professional achievements are reflected in the fact that fellow attorneys selected him for inclusion in the Best Lawyers of America in 2011 and 2012.

He has remained a tireless supporter of The Citadel, serving on The Citadel Board of Visitors from 1992 until 2010 during a period of dramatic change and growth. He was chairman from 2002 to 2006 and is now an emeritus member. He is also a member of The Citadel Foundation’s Summerall Society, The Brigadier Foundation and a life member of The Citadel Alumni Association.

His extensive community service earned Colonel Jenkinson the Citizen of the Year Award from The Williamsburg Hometown Chamber of Commerce in 2002. He has been a mainstay with the Kingstree Lions Club, Boy Scouts of America and the Kingstree United Methodist Church for decades. Furthermore, his passion for history has led him to work with the African American Historical Alliance to document the untold history of African Americans who served with Union troops and as political leaders in South Carolina.

In recognition of his leadership and lifelong devotion to his alma mater and community, The Citadel Board of Visitors is proud to present William E. Jenkinson with the honorary degree of Doctor of Education.

Harvey W. Schiller 

Brigadier General Harvey W. Schiller, USAF (Ret.), Ph.D., is a visionary leader who has inspired others through his service to his nation, profession and alma mater. 


After graduating from The Citadel in 1960, Dr. Schiller served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force, flying combat missions in Vietnam and earning numerous commendations including the Legion of Merit and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He also earned a Master’s and Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Michigan and served at the U.S. Air Force Academy as professor and head of the Chemistry Department. In 1980, the President of the United States appointed Dr. Schiller a Permanent Professor at the Academy.

Many institutions have recognized Dr. Schiller’s leadership and accomplishments. He holds honorary doctorates from Northern Michigan University and the United States Sports Academy as well as The Citadel. His alma mater has also inducted him into its Athletic and Business Halls of Fame and, in 2011, awarded him the prestigious Palmetto Medal.

Since 1984, Dr. Schiller has been a dynamic force with the Olympics at the U.S. and international levels. From 1990 to 1994, he was the Executive Director/Secretary General of the U.S. Olympic Committee and led the preparation for the Barcelona, Albertville, Lillehammer, and Atlanta games. In 1994, the International Olympic Committee awarded Dr. Schiller the Olympic Order – the highest honor bestowed to an individual. He also served on the Executive Board for the 2012 New York City Olympic bid.

Dr. Schiller is currently CEO and Chairman of Global Options Group, an integrated risk management and business solutions firm. In addition, he is the Vice Chairman and President of the Sports and Entertainment Practice of Diversified Search, an executive search firm.

His three decades of leadership in athletic enterprises is truly distinctive as Dr. Schiller has filled such roles as Commissioner of the Southeastern Conference; Chairman and CEO of YankeeNets, owners of the New York Yankees, New Jersey Nets, and New Jersey Devils; President of Turner Sports, Inc.; President and Governor of the NHL franchise, the Atlanta Thrashers; board member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and President of The International Baseball Federation.

Because of exceptional leadership and service to his country, his profession and his alma mater, The Citadel Board of Visitors is proud to present Dr. Harvey W. Schiller with the honorary degree of Doctor of Business Entrepreneurship.

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