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Citadel News Service

For Release
May 7, 2005

Citadel president's retirement marked with honorary degree

           Today, Maj. Gen. John Grinalds attended his final commencement as president of The Citadel and accepted an honorary doctorate of humane letters for his contributions to the college, the South Carolina Corps of Cadets and the Charleston community.

           "General Grinalds emphasis on character development, academic rigor and military professionalism has brought this college to new heights," said Col. William B. Jenkinson, chairman of The Citadel Board of Visitors. "We wish him well as he embarks on the next challenge in his career as an exceptional leader and educator."

           The Citadel Board of Visitors also presented honorary degrees to four others in recognition of their records of public service, philanthropy and leadership during the South Carolina Corps of Cadets commencement exercise today in McAlister Field House. They are:

  • Congressman J. Gresham Barrett, '83, businessman and civic leader.
  • Clarence Tolbert Goolsby Jr., '59, judge, attorney
  • James Hodges Harrison, '73, attorney, public servant.
  • Brig. Gen. Roger Clifton Poole, '59, public servant, educator.

           "The contributions these men have made to The Citadel, the state of South Carolina and the nation exemplify the high standards and ideals The Citadel cherishes," Jenkinson said. "The Citadel is proud to recognize each of them."

           Congressman Barrett delivered the commencement address.





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