Citadel Alumni Association honors outstanding graduates
The Citadel Alumni Association today honored six outstanding graduates of the Military College of South Carolina and a member of the college faculty for their contributions to the college. The awards were presented during the association’s annual meeting, which is held each Homecoming. Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa, president of The Citadel, and CAA President Gil Pohl presented the awards.
Young Alumnus of the Year
Marine Corps Capt. Matthew J. Kutilek of Charleston
Kutilek, Class of 2001, is a combat veteran of two tours in Iraq and currently is a junior Naval ROTC instructor at The Citadel where he brings professionalism and personal dedication to the classroom as a teacher and mentor. In the spring of 2007 he led The Citadel’s NROTC Unit in a campaign to raise money for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. What began as a modest campaign to raise $2,500 to $5,000 grew to a nationally recognized fund-raising effort that surpassed $100,000.
He has also been instrumental in raising money for scholarships in honor of Citadel Marines who have died in combat. Kutilek is a member of the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors, representing the Navy and Marine Corps.
Alumnus of the Year
Theodore T. Curtis of Hilton Head Island
Curtis, Class of 1964, is a man with a mission to preserve Citadel history and recognize the contributions of its graduates.
Curtis spearheaded a POW/MIA Awareness Day at which former alumni POWs from World War II, Korea and Vietnam were honored. In addition, he was the driving force behind erecting a POW/MIA flag on campus.
Probably his most research-intensive project has been the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Citadel Alumni List that can be viewed on the CAA web site. This was a huge undertaking to develop a new concept, flesh out the details and gain the support and/or approval. By establishing criteria for distinguished and notable status, he promoted a standard of excellence for this Citadel alumni “hall of fame.”
Honorary Life Member
Harrison S. Carter of Charleston
Carter is not a Citadel alumnus but his devotion to The Citadel is as strong as that of any graduate. Since joining the college in July 1999 as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, he has worked tirelessly to achieve the goal of increasing The Citadel’s academic standing nationwide. He served as twice as provost and dean of the college before returning to teaching in the School of Business Administration.
During his tenure at The Citadel—as both Provost and Professor—he has greatly enhanced academics, while supporting the traditions and the military training provided to cadets.
Carter is also a citizen-soldier, having served his nation and the state of Georgia, retiring as a colonel in the Georgia Air National Guard.
Distinguished Life Member
Dudley Saleeby Jr. of Florence
Saleeby is a 1966 graduate who has led a life of service to his family, church, community and alma mater. He is a member of The Citadel Foundation’s Board of Directors and class of 1966 chairman. The foundation has previously honored him with its prestigious Directors Award, the highest award it gives.
A life member of The Citadel Alumni Association, he was active on the association’s board for many years and served as president in 1989. More recently, he served from 1999 to 2005 as an alumni-elected member of The Citadel’s Board of Visitors. While on the board he was chairman of the Customs, Regulations and Cadet Liaison Committee, Strategic Planning Committee and Presidential Search Committee. All of these things he has done while continuing to be a classmate and alumnus who brings joy to all he sees at parades, tailgates, class parties and club meetings.
District Director of the Year
Hiram Hutchison of Rock Hill
A life member of The Citadel Alumni Association and long-standing member of The Brigadier Foundation, Hutchison, Class of 1957, is former president of the Charlotte, N.C., Citadel Club. He also is founding father of the York County Citadel Club, which grew into to the Tri-County Club of York, Lancaster and Chester counties. That sparked the creation of the Chester/Fairfield Citadel Club. Serving for many years as Alumni Association director for District 5 (North Central, S.C.), Hutchison has been active with various Citadel clubs in his district, has provided facilities for fund-raising events and, through his leadership, District 5 alumni have increased their giving for Citadel causes.
Club of the Year
Charlotte Area Citadel Club
Under the current leadership of Dana Catchpole, Class of 1994, the Charlotte Area Citadel Club encompasses everything a Citadel Club should strive to be. A diverse schedule of activities is designed to appeal to current members and attract new members in the Charlotte area. The club’s current member base is 62 and growing with an ultimate goal of increasing membership by 15 percent. This year marks the sixth year that the Charlotte Area Citadel Club has received the Gold Star Award. Some of their many events this year included a Back-to-School luncheon and dinner, a Corps Day Muster, oyster roast, golf tournament, a Summerall Guards post-game dinner and regular club meetings.
Club President of the Year
Peter Norman of Greenville
Norman has distinguished himself as the president of the Greater Greenville, S.C., Citadel Club. Under his leadership, the club grew and excelled, earned Gold Star chapter honors for the first time and held its first muster formation in recent history. He also was instrumental in organizing the First Annual Greater Greenville Citadel Club/Brigadier Foundation Golf Tournament, which raised more than $1,500 for Citadel sports programs in its first year. For the last two years the club has donated $4,000 to the Greater Greenville Club Scholarship Program. Norman has accomplished all this by his quiet but outstanding leadership and management style.