Cadet named Fulbright Scholar
The Citadel announced today that Cadet John Michael Alexander of Lawrenceville, Ga., has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study European banking at Goethe University in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany’s financial and commercial capital.
Alexander is the third cadet majoring in German in two years to be awarded a Fulbright. Matthew Belcher and Nicholas Freeling, both 2002 graduates, are currently studying in Europe. Belcher is at the College for Film and Television in Potsdam, Germany, and Freeling is at the University of Vienna. Six Citadel cadets have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships in the past 10 years.
“Our success with the Fulbright program is confirmation of the strength of our modern language program and a testament to the hard work and dedication of our excellent faculty,” said Citadel President Maj. Gen. John S. Grinalds. “Cadet Alexander is an outstanding cadet and will be a fine representative of his college and his country.”
A senior, Alexander is majoring in both German and business administration and will graduate magna cum laude in May. He served this year as a cadet executive officer and is a member of the Summerall Guards, The Citadel’s elite precision drill platoon.
“What interests me is the German banks’ measures in conjunction with the ECB to stabilize cyclical fluctuation in a consolidated, multinational currency,” Alexander explained of his project. “When the Euro was introduced in January 2002, the German banking industry had to adapt to the European Central Bank’s directives on monetary and exchange-rate policy.”
Lt. Col. Albert Gurganus, professor of German and head of modern languages, and Lt. Col. Donald Sparks, professor of business administration, advised Alexander during the year-long application process. Gurganus said that despite the current political rift between the U.S. and France and Germany over the war with Iraq, “it is in our critical national interest to grasp the mechanics of the emerging joint-European economy.”
“John Alexander,” said Gurganus,” has the acumen and is acquiring the experience to be setting global monetary policy one day.”