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Citadel News Service
14 Nov 2008

Rosa presented with alumnus of the year award

Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa has been named alumnus of the year by the college’s School of Business Administration.

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Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa, right, accepts the School of Business Administration's Alumnus of the Year award from Col. Robert S. Adden, chairman of the business department from 1962 to 1982.

“Ever since he graduated in 1973, John Rosa has been an outstanding example of the kind of principled leader The Citadel is committed to developing,” said Ronald Green, dean of the School of Business Administration. “The School of Business was extremely proud of his outstanding career in the U. S. Air Force, and we’re even more pleased that he has now come back to us to be our president.”

The award, which was presented today as part of homecoming activities, is given annually to honor a Citadel graduate who has enjoyed success and made significant contributions to the community through the principles of integrity, fairness and concern for others, as well as the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge to promote enlightened changes in society.

Rosa became the 19th president of The Citadel on January 3, 2006. He returned to his alma mater after serving as the superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. A command pilot with more than 3,600 flying hours, Rosa was commissioned in the Air Force in 1973 after graduating from The Citadel with a B.S. in business administration. A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Rosa was the starting Bulldog quarterback in 1970 and went on to earn three varsity letters in football.

He holds a master's degree in public administration from Golden Gate University and has completed programs at Harvard, the U.S. Army War College, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the Air Command and Staff College.

“The School of Business Administration played a big role in my Citadel education and I am honored to be recognized as its alumnus of the year,” Rosa said.

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