Outstanding graduates honored by Alumni Association
The Citadel Alumni Association has honored five graduates of the Military College of South Carolina and a former member of the staff for their contributions to the college. The awards were presented during the association’s annual meeting Friday, Nov. 14, which is held each Homecoming.
Distinguished Life Member
Stephen C. Tobias
Stephen C. Tobias, Class of 1967, has been and continues to be an important part of The Citadel success story. As a board member of The Citadel Foundation and chairman of its capital campaign, Tobias has been instrumental in the strategic planning and success of this five-year campaign recently completed. This campaign was the first of its kind undertaken by The Citadel, and Mr. Tobias used his many leadership skills to assist the foundation in meeting and/or exceeding all of its goals. The campaign’s success was a direct result of his unwavering devotion and perseverance, qualities which have also served him well in his civilian career. Tobias is the chief operating officer of Norfolk Southern Railroad and was named Railroader of The Year by his professional colleagues. He is the father of two Citadel graduates
Honorary Life Member
Retired U.S. Army Col. Curt Holland
Col. Curtice E. Holland, U.S. Army retired and former Citadel vice president for finance, is this year’s Honorary Life Member. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Holland has served The Citadel, its Corps of Cadets, and alumni with total devotion and professionalism for the past 10 years. His stewardship of Citadel finances and encyclopedic knowledge of the complicated dealings in the financial world have allowed The Citadel to remain focused on educating principled leaders in a period of turmoil and uncertainty.
Alumnus of the Year
Honorable James B. Culbertson
The Honorable James B. Culbertson, Class of 1960, is a successful businessman and respected member of his community in Winston Salem, N.C. He was recently named U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands by President Bush and assumed his duties this past summer. After graduating from The Citadel he served his country as an officer in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence from 1960 to 1962. His service to his community as well as the nation, both in the military and now the diplomatic corps are a testament to his devotion to duty and the leadership skills he acquired at The Citadel. He has represented the best qualities we expect in Citadel alumni.
Marine Corps Reserve Maj. J. Kevin Jarrard
Maj. J. Kevin Jarrard, Class of 1995, who recently returned from his second tour of duty in Iraq, is a history teacher at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, Ga., where he resides with his wife and four children.
Jarrard distinguished himself this past year, not as a warrior, but as a humanitarian when he, on two separate occasions, rallied his Marines and friends in the U.S. to sponsor the return of two sick Iraqi children. These children received medical care in Nashville, Tenn., and Charleston, with transportation and living expenses provided by the many Marine donors and friends of Jarrard’s. This act of humanity and service to others was widely reported in the national media and brought great credit on Jarrard, the cities of Nashville and Charleston, and The Citadel.
Willis E. Tisdale
District Director of the Year
Willis E. Tisdale
Willis E. Tisdale, Class of 1977, has provided energy and leadership to District 4, the upstate of South Carolina. Tisdale is the human resources director for the Shriners Hospital for Children in Greenville, S.C., and, despite his very busy schedule, has been a stalwart member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Tisdale has displayed the ability to build membership, direct various regional alumni activities, and encourage other alumni to take leadership roles in their area clubs. This has created an active, robust district with greater potential to serve The Citadel and its alumni.
Club President of the Year
Retired Air Force Col. Anthony L. Baggiano
Col. Anthony L. Baggiano, Class of 1961, has taken a previously inactive area Citadel club and revitalized it into a thriving club with an active nucleus of members. Focusing his energy and time on rebuilding The Citadel alumni base in Montgomery, Ala.
Baggiano has developed this club into one of the most active in the Southeast. His leadership skills, engaging personality, and total devotion to alumni and his alma mater are well known and further add to his success.