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Citadel News Service

For Release
Jan. 26, 2005

 President names Carter as chair of commandant search committee

           Citadel President Maj. Gen. John Grinalds has appointed former provost Harry Carter to chair the search committee to fill the commandant's position. Brig. Gen. Emory Mace, The Citadel's commandant since 1997 and a member of The Citadel Class of 1963, announced earlier this month that he plans to retire.

           Grinalds said that Carter is uniquely qualified to lead the search committee because of his knowledge of The Citadel and the military and his experience in higher education. Carter came to The Citadel in 1999 after 25 years in administration and teaching at Georgia Southern University. He served in the United States Navy from 1966 to 1969 and then served more than 25 years in active reserves with the Georgia Air National Guard, retiring with the rank of colonel in 1996.

           Seven others will serve on the search committee:

  • John Peeples, Citadel Class of 1970, is a professor of electrical engineering at The Citadel.

  • Jim Openshaw, Citadel Class of 1973, is budget director and company advisor for Echo Company. A retired Air Force colonel, Openshaw has worked with the leadership of Echo Company on an improvement plan that has yielded significant changes in that company’s academic and military performance.

  • Hedy Pinkerton, assistant commandant for co-education and administration, is in her fourth year with The Citadel. Pinkerton is a retired colonel in the U.S. Air Force and prior to joining The Citadel, was director of admissions at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

  • Ed Steers, Citadel Class of 1968, is associate athletics director, He has been with The Citadel for 14 years. Prior to joining the college’s athletic department, Steers was taught and coached at William and Mary, East Carolina and West Point. He has been inducted into The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame for his achievements as a wrestler.

  • Jeff Weart, director of the Krause Initiative in Leadership and Ethics, is in his second year at The Citadel. A retired Army lieutenant colonel, Weart was extensively involved with the leader development program at West Point prior to joining The Citadel. On campus, Weart works closely with the Corps of Cadets as well as faculty and staff on leader development and is a staff sponsor for the football team.
  • Major General Art Baiden, AUS (Retired), Class of 19‘62, is a member of The Citadel Board of Visitors, a retired businessman and the former president of The Citadel Alumni Association.

  • Robert Pickering, Class of 1994, is the director of multicultural studies and ombudsman at The Citadel. He is a former assistant director of admissions.

           During the coming weeks, the committee will meet with representatives from different constituent groups.

           Those interested in the commandant's position should contact Human Resources at The Citadel.




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