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Citadel News Service
1 Nov 2012

Alumni Association bestows annual Homecoming awards

Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Larry Nicholson, Class of 1979, is in Afghanistan today as The Citadel Alumni Association honors him as its 2012 Alumnus of the Year.

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Alumnus of the Year Maj. Gen. Larry Nicholson, '79.

One of six Citadel alumni being recognized during the CAA's first Homecoming Gala tonight, Nicholson is currently deployed as senior operations officer in the International Joint Command of the International Security Assistance Force-Afghanistan. His task: coordinate the operations of thousands of military and police personnel from multiple nations. He previously commanded the Second Marine Expeditionary Brigade in combat operations.

"The Citadel Alumni Association is humbled by Gen. Nicholson's service to this country," said Mike Rogers, director of the alumni association. "His selfless service and sacrifice reflects well on the college and on his family as they await his return from supporting the war on terror."

Born in Toronto, Canada, Nicholson is a 1979 graduate of The Citadel where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He also holds a master's from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. His experiences while deployed in Iraq, wounds sustained when a rocket exploded in his office, have been widely reported in the national and international press.

"The great tact and diplomacy this position requires, and the exemplary way he fulfills his duties, has resulted in him being recognized by many organizations in Afghanistan," Rogers said. "A highly decorated and respected Marine, Nicholson represents the finest qualities of an alumnus and The Citadel's core values of honor, duty and respect."

The alumni association presented several other awards during its alumni gala, which was the first event to kick off Homecoming 2012. The awards recognize graduates for contributions to their communities, leadership, and for their support of their alma mater. Other honorees are:

Distinguished Life Member

joe rileyThe Honorable Joseph P. Riley, Class of 1964, has served for more than 34 years as mayor of Charleston and has distinguished himself and this city over the past three decades through his unwavering leadership, vision of the future and support of community outreach programs. The lessons he learned at The Citadel in leadership and service to others have benefitted all of the citizens of Charleston and made the city one of the top cities in the world for its size. His accomplishments and awards are numerous recognizing Riley's stature as one of the country's most outstanding mayors.

Honorary Life Member

earl walkerRetired Army Col. W. Earl Walker is professor of management and leadership at The Citadel and immediate past chief operating officer of the Business School Mentors Association. He retired in July 2007 as the founding dean of the School of Business Administration. During his tenure, he and the faculty developed a new mission and vision, created a 28-person advisory board and started a 146-person mentors program, a Leadership Forum and The Citadel Business Hall of Fame. Also during his tenure, the school raised more than $4 million and formed partnerships with organizations in the Lowcountry. He has also served in many academic and civic organizations. He was training director at McLane Co., where he started the McLane Leadership School. He was also professor of public policy, program director and division chair in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point for 18 years. During Walker's Army career, he commanded armoror units in Vietnam, Germany and the U.S. and was Airborne and Ranger qualified. He retired in 1993 as a colonel after 26 years of service.

Young Alumnus of the Year

tevanA 2000 Citadel graduate, retired Air Force Maj. Tevan Green served with distinction for nine years in the Special Operations Command. Continuing his achievement in the civilian sector, he formed Citadel Logic Corp., specializing in logistics, energy security, medical services and emergency management. As the youngest member of The Citadel Foundation Board of Directors, Green's energy and business insight has served his alma mater exceptionally in just a short period of time. His tenacity and dedication are inspirational.

District Director of the Year

lucky laneLucien B. "Lucky" Lane of Atlanta, Ga., Class of 1970, has served with distinction for the past several years in Georgia as a representative of the alumni association. Under his leadership, the CAA alumni clubs in his district have prospered and grown substantially. Lane has also been the linchpin in the effort by the CAA to bring alumni history to the Corps of Cadets in a meaningful way. A strong supporter in many other areas of Citadel life, Lane has set the example for others to follow and is considered by the CAA one of the strongest alumni voices in support of the college.

Club President of the Year

doug kellyRetired Air Force Lt. Col. Douglas E. Kelley, Class of 1982, has been instrumental in the growth and success of the Tennessee Valley Citadel Club, which is also the 2012 CAA Citadel Club of the Year. He has built a robust club with myriad activities all in support of The Citadel, its alumni, and cadets from that area. Kelley, who lives in Huntsville, Ala., has been a strong voice among alumni. With a son in the Corps, he has been a vital link between the cadets and alumni. In addition to operating a first-class club, he has acted as an advisor to several other Citadel clubs just starting out or in the process of rebuilding.

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