Alumni honored for contributions to the college
The Citadel Alumni Association has honored six people for their outstanding contributions to The Military College of South Carolina. The awards were presented during the association’s annual meeting today as part of Homecoming 2009 activities.
“Citadel alumni being recognized today represent those values which we hold dear – service to others, service to country, service to something greater than ourselves,” said Mike Rodgers, executive director of The Citadel Alumni Association. “We continue in our efforts to educate our cadets in these principles and offer these alumni as examples of how a life should be lived.”
Distinguished Life Member
Maj. Gen. Arthur H. Baiden III
In 1997, he retired from the U.S. Army after 35 years on active duty and in the Army Reserve. A Ranger and master parachutist, he held numerous command assignments in the states and also served two tours in Vietnam. His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and Purple Heart. In 1994, he received the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest honor, for his service as commanding general of the 120th Reserve Command and in support of Operation Desert Storm. He subsequently served as the deputy commanding general of the Army Reserve Command and the first commanding general of the Army Reserve Readiness Command. He also served as a member of the Army Reserve Forces Policy Committee at the Pentagon. In addition to his exemplary service to his alma mater and his country, he has held leadership roles in many civic and professional organizations. Baiden resides in Greenville, S.C.
Honorary Life Member
Barbara J. Fairfax
Barbara Fairfax, an assistant director in The Citadel’s Alumni Office, is this year’s Honorary Life Member and the first female to be so honored. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, she has served The Citadel, its Corps of Cadets, and alumni with dedication and professionalism for 21 years. Joining The Citadel staff in February 1988, she has worked in many capacities including career services, publications assistant, and interim executive director of The Citadel Alumni Association; however, among alumni, she is perhaps best known in her administrative role as the person to call in the Alumni Office when they have a question.
A former Citadel vice president once described Fairfax, a Charleston, S.C., resident, as “the glue that holds the Alumni Office together.” Her attention to detail, organizational expertise, and institutional knowledge were critical to the alumni association throughout the fundraising for construction of the Holliday Alumni Center. In addition, she has been instrumental in the success of the alumni courtyard brick program, many legislative barbecues and Homecoming festivities, and innumerable other alumni programs and events. She plans to retire at the end of the year.
Alumnus of the Year
Frank Lynn Foltz
Lynn Foltz, Citadel Class of 1965, is selflessly devoted to The Citadel, its alumni association, its athletic department, and the Corps of Cadets. Pivotal in the formation of Pittsburgh Area Citadel Club, he has overseen the growth and development of the club from its inception to its current standing as a Gold Star Club. Through his efforts, the Summerall Guard drill team was able to travel to Pittsburgh and perform for The Citadel vs. Pittsburgh game with substantial donations by the local club in excess of $25,000. In addition, he has built the club into a grass roots marketing engine for The Citadel. Through his ingenuity, the club invited the area’s most accomplished high school football coaches for a dinner with Bulldog coaches Kevin Higgins and Dave Cecchini as a means of recruiting more talented athletes to The Citadel from Western Pennsylvania. He also spearheaded the efforts to fundraise the cost of a weeklong recruiting trip that would not have been otherwise possible due to budget cuts affecting the football program. Foltz resides in Bridgeville, Pa.
Conscious of the financial challenges facing the college, he always serves as a goodwill ambassador for The Citadel in his both his business and personal life. When a 2005 graduate was killed in action in Operation Enduring Freedom, he collected much-needed funds for family for funeral expenses. He exhibits this same sense of duty and character by devoting his time and resources to countless local charitable community causes. Citadel values are ingrained in Lynn’s DNA, and every action he makes is in keeping with the highest traditions and expectations of The Citadel.
Young Alumnus of the Year
Robert Eugene Hindman III
Following a distinguished cadet career and four years of Army ROTC instruction at The Citadel, Gene Hindman, Class of 1995, accepted a marketing position with a prominent computer software firm and later accepted a position with broader responsibilities with a major international computer software firm. While always a patriotic individual, the events of Sept. 11, 2001, deeply troubled him. Although 29 years old and comfortably settled in his Johns Island, S.C., home, family, church, business and community, he responded to an urgent need to serve his country and selflessly chose to enlist in the S.C. National Guard in January 2002. In doing so, he was fully aware that he likely would be called away from family and friends to fulfill the nation’s call.
In 2003, he graduated from Officer’s Candidate School and was commissioned a second lieutenant. In 2007, he was called to active duty and deployed to Fort Riley, Kan., to train for service in support of Operating Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. During his tour of duty, he was promoted to captain and continues to serve in the National Guard since his return from Afghanistan. He is currently a tactical officer in the 2nd Battalion, 218th Regiment, Officer Candidate School at Fort Jackson and also serves as Deputy S1 with the 218th Maneuver Enhance Brigade in Charleston. Since he is now on active duty again, he is on military leave of absence from his civilian position as director of operations for Orbis, Inc., a defense contractor. By placing his personal goals on hold and adhering to The Citadel’s ideals of duty, honor and country, he exemplifies the college’s tradition of principled leadership.
District Director of the Year
William S. Stafford
Bill Stafford, Citadel Class of 1978, is a Humble, Texas, resident, but does not let the distance from Charleston hinder his efforts to serve his alma mater. During the past year, he spent innumerable hours developing an alumni survey, compiling data, and analyzing survey results as part of a strategic planning effort to assess alumni involvement.
While serving an active role in District 18 regional alumni activities, he also created an alumni association district director checklist and was instrumental in the production of a district director reference guide—two initiatives to encourage other district directors to perform their duties more effectively. Although he was a previous recipient of this award in 2004, his significant accomplishments this past year are worthy of recognition. Stafford consults with employers about their health care plans/benefits for Pfizer.
Citadel Club President of the Year
Dana A. Catchpole
Dana Catchpole, Citadel Class of 1994, has brought new life to the Charlotte Area Citadel Club since he became president of the club three years ago. He adapted the club to meet the demands of a large region by having monthly meetings in rotating locations so alumni did not feel excluded based on a specific location. He is dedicated to mentoring young alumni and current cadets. He always has time for a lunch or coffee to share wisdom and use his position to advance others. Thanks to his hard work and desire to connect Citadel alumni in the Charlotte area, the club has grown significantly with more events and increased attendance. Catchpole resides in Charlotte.
2009 Citadel Club of the Year
Greenville Citadel Club
The Greenville Citadel Club has been a dynamic model of Gold Star Club achievement during the past year. With strong leadership, the club regularly attracted area alumni to its monthly meetings by offering a schedule of interesting and diverse programs. In addition, it was extremely successful hosting its third annual golf tournament and coaches’ barbecue, a Corps Day muster, an annual knob send-off social, a club convoy to the UNC-Citadel football game, and a barbecue before the Furman-Citadel football game. Club members also supported basketball by attending numerous home and away contests, while fundraising events enabled the club to make generous donations in support of Citadel scholarships and athletic programs.