October 13, 2004
Law Barracks and Bell Tower proposal highlight
September Board of Visitors meeting
Following is an unofficial summary of The
Citadel Board of Visitors meeting prepared because of the board’s
interest in providing more timely information to the Citadel family.
The minutes will continue to be the official record of The Citadel Board
of Visitors meetings. Minutes of the 18 September meeting will be released
after they have been approved by the board at its next meeting on 5
Major General John Grinalds presented The State of The Citadel report
highlighting some significant trends that have developed in recent years
Vision – A campus-wide campaign focuses on the vision
statement and core values adopted by the board of visitors in 2002.
The vision statement is “Achieving excellence in the education
of principled leaders.” The core values adopted by the board include
academics, duty, honor, morality, discipline and diversity.
· Financial developments – The president noted
a $5 million drop in state funding to The Citadel between FY 01-02 and
FY 04-05. Reorganization of The Citadel’s fundraising entities
has paid off with increased donations. Gifts to the college totaled
$8.4 million from January to mid-September 2004. The Citadel Foundation
has raised more than $47 million toward the capital campaign goal of
· Facilities – The bulk of improvements to the
campus have been paid for from other sources than state funding. Those
improvements coming from other sources include the rebuilding of Watts
Barracks, Murray Barracks, PT Barracks, the Holliday Alumni Center,
Hollings Hall, The Altman Center, the Women’s Athletic Center
and The Citadel/SCNG Marksmanship Center.
· Admissions – The college has experienced three
straight record breaking years in applications for admissions. Enrollment
for this fall is almost 2,000 cadets. The Class of 2008 includes about
6 percent females and nearly 8 percent African-Americans.
· Academic reorganization – Academic departments
have been reorganized into schools in a way that enhances both the fundraising
potential of the schools and the ability of the college to compete more
effectively for funding and programs at the state level.
· Accreditation – The college has recently undergone
an accreditation review by the Southern Association of Colleges and
Schools (SACS). Results of the review, known as an affirmation, should
be available by December.
· Fourth Class performance – Several initiatives
have improved the academic performance of the Fourth Class. Primary
among those initiatives is the new focus on leadership training made
possible by the Krause Initiative in Leadership and Ethics.
· Graduation rates – The Citadel still leads peer
colleges in its four-year graduation rate of 59.6%. The college ranks
near the top for the six-year graduation rate in the latest available
data which shows Clemson has a graduation rate of 72 percent in six
years compared to The Citadel’s six-year rate of 71.9%.
· Commissioning data – The Class of 2004
had 36% of the graduates receive commissions in the armed forces. This
number does not include those non-ROTC commissionees from the National
Guard, PLC and similar programs.
Original plans to begin demolition of Law Barracks in October have been
put on hold because the estimated cost for replacing Law Barracks has
risen from $18 million to approximately $23 million. Steep increases in
the cost of steel and concrete are major factors in the higher bids. As
The Citadel explores financing options, Colonel Holland noted that the
project could be financed using either a wrap-around loan or borrowing
the money for a longer period of time.
The ceiling in the north wing of the Mary B. Murray Memorial Infirmary
has caved in and may require extensive remodeling to the building. While
repairs are underway, the infirmary will have reduced bed space.
Brigadier General Donald Steven is focusing on the search for deans for
the School of Education and the School of Science and Mathematics in his
responsibilities as provost. In a report to the education committee, he
outlined his goals as building faculty excellence, raising admissions
standards, improving freshmen retention and lowering faculty/student ratios.
The board agreed to a priority list for the capital improvement plan that
includes renovations or expansions to buildings with the following rankings:
1. Capers Hall
2. Daniel Library
3. Jenkins Hall
4. Bond Hall Annex
5. Deas Hall
Capers Hall, which
was built in 1949 and is the most heavily used building on campus, suffers
from inadequate systems, overcrowding and deterioration. The renovation
and expansion of Daniel Library has been moved to a high priority in the
After a lengthy discussion, the board identified Stoney Field, which is
adjacent to Riley Park, as the site for a new stadium. The resolution
passed by the BOV directed the administration to establish a stadium project
team to be responsible for negotiating with governmental authorities,
estimating the project cost and taking the lead in fundraising. The stadium
project team will present sufficient information and commitments in writing
to the board by 30 January 2005 in order for the BOV to decide whether
or not to proceed at Stoney Field.
BOV Chairman Col. William E. Jenkinson III discontinued the previous football
stadium ad-hoc committee and named the following individuals to the stadium
project team: Citadel President Major General John Grinalds, chairman;
Col. Harry B. Limehouse, Jr.; Thomas McQueeney; Charles Eiserhardt and
Col. Curtice Holland. Col. Jenkinson and Col. Julian G. Frasier III will
serve as ad hoc members from the board of visitors.
The BOV is committed to having a stadium ready for the fall 2006 season.
in the Thomas Howie Memorial Bell Tower
The board approved a proposal presented by members of the Class of 1957
to renovate the Thomas Howie Memorial Bell Tower pending approval of the
design and approval by the state for a columbarium that will be part of
the project. The columbarium will contain niches to hold cremated remains.
All money raised through the sale of the niches will be used for maintaining
the bell tower and carillon and for scholarships to train cadets to play
CAA President William C. Mills reported that The Citadel Alumni Association
is gaining new members including 140 new life members from the Class of
2004. Alumni association directories will be mailed out this fall.
The Citadel Brigadier Foundation had another record-breaking year for
fundraising according to TCBF President Donald Dease. The memorial fund
received over $500,000 in new money and the organization raised over $2
million total for the 2003-2004 year. Of that amount, more than $1 million
went to the athletic department for scholarships.
The Citadel Foundation is assessing its progress as it approaches the
halfway point in the tentative campaign goal of $100 million. TCF President
L. William Krause said the foundation’s goals for the future are:
1. achieve excellence
in the management of The Citadel Foundation, and
2. broaden financial support to the college.
Krause noted that
the foundation is currently providing 10 percent of the college’s
budget and hopes to get to the point where it can provide 20 percent of
the budget during the next five years.