Retired Army lieutenant general elected to the Board of Visitors
Retired Army Lt. Gen. W. Michael Steele of Seabrook Island, S.C., has been elected to The Citadel Board of Visitors.
Steele replaces retired Maj. Gen. Arthur H. Baiden III as the alumni-elected representative on the college’s governing board. Baiden’s six-year term expired in June. Steele’s term runs through June 2015.
“I am humbled by the opportunity to join The Citadel Board of Visitors as an elected representative for all Citadel alumni,” Steele said. “The board, in conjunction with Citadel President Lt. Gen. John Rosa, has developed a strategic plan to sustain our unique military culture and improve upon our excellent academic programs. I look forward to participating in that process to develop principled leaders for our communities, state and nation."
A 1967 graduate of The Citadel with a degree in business administration, Steele currently serves as president of Osprey Bay, a domestic and international defense consulting firm. He spent 34 years on active duty in the Army where he served as commanding general of the 82nd Airborne Division and as commanding general of U.S. Army Pacific. He held multiple leader development command/instructor assignments at the U.S. Army Infantry School and Command and General Staff College, and retired as commanding general of Combined Arms Center and Commandant of the Command and General Staff College, the largest college in the Armed Forces. He is currently chairman of the board for the Uniformed Services Benefit Association, a veterans’ life insurance association, and he is a trustee for the Command and General Staff College Foundation.
Steele earned a master’s degree from Webster University and is also a graduate the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the National War College and the Department of Defense, Flag Officer Capstone Course. He is a lifetime member of The Citadel Alumni Association and has been active in The Citadel Foundation and The Brigadier Foundation.
The Citadel Board of Visitors is composed of 11 graduates of the college - seven are elected by joint vote of the South Carolina General Assembly, three are elected by Citadel Alumni Association members and one is appointed by the governor. All members are Citadel graduates and serve six-year terms.