Cadet, 1960 grad presented with The Citadel Palmetto Medal
A leader in the world of Olympic sports and a commander of one of The Citadel’s five cadet battalions are this year’s recipients of The Citadel Palmetto Medal.
The Palmetto Medal award was created by the college’s Board of Visitors to recognize cadets, faculty, staff or alumni for exceptional performance that reflects great credit on the college or the state of South Carolina. The Palmetto Medal is the second highest honor bestowed by the college. The first is an honorary degree.
The 2011 Palmetto Medals were presented during the military dress parade on Saturday, March 19, which was Corps Day marking the 168th birthday of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.
Cadet Lt. Col. Arthur Buist Jordan V and Harvey W. Schiller, Citadel Class of 1960, are this year’s Palmetto Medal recipients.
Jordan began his Citadel career with a Star of the West Scholarship, the most prestigious scholarship the college offers. A biology major, Jordan has repeatedly earning Gold Stars and placement on the President’s List and Commandant’s List for outstanding academic achievement and leadership.
Last year, Jordan served as battalion sergeant major, which is the top-ranking junior cadet in his battalion of more than 500 cadets. As a senior this year, he holds one of the top leadership positions on campus as the Second Battalion commander.
Jordan has spent summers volunteering with local churches as part of Mercy Ministries Campus Outreach in Orlando, Fla.; with Habitat for Humanity; and with a Florida hospital where he has helped in the emergency room. After his junior year, he became certified as an emergency medical technician and traveled to the Philippines on a medical mission. There he helped a local doctor in rural clinics and performed minor medical procedures while also teaching classes in first aid and human nutrition. Currently, Jordan is serving on the Subcommittee on Research Safety for Veterans Affairs Research and Development in Charleston. After graduation, he will enter medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Schiller graduated from The Citadel in 1960 with a B.S. in Chemistry. He holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Michigan and served for 24 years in the United States Air Force, attaining the rank of brigadier general. He flew more than 1,200 support missions during the Vietnam War and later taught Chemistry at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is currently chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Globaloptions Group.
A well-known name in the world of athletics, Schiller has served as chairman and CEO of Yankee/Nets; president of Turner Sports, Inc.; executive director and secretary general of the United States Olympic Committee and commissioner of the Southeastern Conference. While president of Turner Sports, he oversaw the Goodwill Games and World Championship Wrestling. The International Olympic Committee presented him with its highest honor, the Olympic Order, for his work in planning the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta. Schiller has also served as president of the International Baseball Federation and is a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame Committee in Cooperstown, N.Y.
The Citadel Board of Visitors presented Schiller with an honorary Doctor of Military Science in 1992 and was inducted into The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001. The Schiller Science Initiative, which he established in 2003, provided major enhancements to The Citadel’s chemistry and biochemistry labs. His gift to upgrade equipment in the weight room has played a pivotal role in assisting athletes with their training.