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Citadel News Service

For Release
March 18, 2002

Board names first female vice president

          Patricia McArver has been named vice president for communications. She is the first woman to hold a vice president position.

          Her appointment by The Citadel Board of Visitors at its February meeting makes official the position she has held in an interim capacity for the past two years.

          "The college is very fortunate to have Patricia McArver at the helm of the public affairs office," said Citadel President Maj. Gen. John S. Grinalds. "She is forward thinking, hard working, and loyal, and in the time that she has been here, she has made a tremendous contribution. I am confident that she will continue to take communications at The Citadel to new heights."

          McArver's significant accomplishments while at the military college include spearheading efforts to create a single logo for the college. She has overseen media events, in particular, President Bush's December visit to The Citadel and a press conference with famed author and alumnus Pat Conroy and former Assistant Commandant of Cadets Lt. Col. Thomas N. Courvoisie (also known as "the Boo"). Other notable successes include compiling an experts list and producing a new admissions publication.

          McArver holds a bachelor's and a master's degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to her work at The Citadel, McArver had more than two decades of experience as a journalist and in educational and business marketing. She joined The Citadel in July 1999 as director of integrated marketing.

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