Letter from The President
With the celebration of Homecoming, we are reminded of the early beginnings of our college almost 175 years ago, when 20 cadets reported for a military education at Marion Square. Through the decades that followed, the institution persevered through war and economic hardship while continuing to produce the people and the events that tell the story of the exalted institution that The Citadel is today. This year, we are especially proud to celebrate 50 years of African Americans and 20 years of women in the Corps of Cadets.
As our nation struggled through the social turmoil of the 1960s, Charles Foster, an African American from Charleston, entered the gates of The Citadel, breaking down racial barriers and marking a historic day. History was made once again in 1996 when four women followed in Foster’s footsteps—this time breaking down gender barriers. Three years later Nancy Mace became the first female to join the ranks of our alumni.
Today our Corps of Cadets numbers more than 2,300. Minorities comprise 23 percent of the Corps, and women, 8 percent. We are an institution globally renowned for producing principled leaders who make an enormous impact in our nation’s military and our civilian workforce. This year, we honor the trailblazers who forged their way through difficult times to make us the great institution we have become.