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CHARLESTON, SC (Sept. 27)--The recent retirement of Col. William P. Rhett Jr. of Charleston marked the end of a twenty-seven year period of leadership and distinguished service to The Citadel.

     Col. Rhett was born and reared in Charleston. He earned a bachelor's degree from the College of Charleston in 1953, a Master of Divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary, a Master of Education degree from Temple University, and a Doctor of Education degree from Auburn University. Col. Rhett served as a Chaplain in the United States Air Force Reserve. He joined The Citadel faculty in 1968, teaching courses in education and psychology.

     During his academic career at The Citadel, Col. Rhett developed the Master of Education in School Counseling program for the current College of Graduate and Professional Studies. He also developed an additional program option in Clinical Counseling in 1975. These programs have provided the Trident area with graduates employed in every human service setting.

     "Dr. Rhett's contributions reach beyond the lowcountry and the state," said Lt. Col. Mark E. Meadows, current Counselor Education Coordinator at The Citadel. "The high quality and standards reflected in his work are well-known among counselor educators," Meadows said.

     The Annual Helping Professions Workshop, which brings renowned counseling theorists and practitioners to the Charleston area, was also established under his direction more than twenty years ago.

     Additionally, Col. Rhett initiated and guided the establishment of the Alpha Tau Chi Chapter of the Counseling Academic and Honor Society International. Recently, the chapter name was changed to honor Col. Rhett.

     Col. Rhett is married to the former Dorothy I. Carson. He will continue to be very active in Charleston as an Episcopal Priest, a licensed psychologist in private practice, and a leader in the Chaplain Service of the U.S. Air Force Reserve.


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