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Citadel News Service

For Release
April 25, 2005

 Citadel Board of Visitors postpones commandant search
until new president is identified

The presidential search committee is on schedule in identifying the top candidates to be The Citadel’s next president and expects to recommend a list of finalists to the Board of Visitors by late summer.

Because the commandant is a key person in The Citadel administration, the Board of Visitors has decided to postpone the commandant selection process until after the new president is named. The delay will allow Major General John Grinalds’ successor the chance to participate in the commandant’s selection.

“It is vital that the president and the commandant share the same philosophy and work in sync,” BOV Chairman Billy Jenkinson said. “For that reason, we should allow the next president to have a voice in the choice of a new commandant as was done when General Grinalds became president.”

“This decision is about process rather than people,” Jenkinson said. “The commandant’s search committee has identified four finalists with excellent credentials and we hope that they will remain interested while we focus on naming a new president.”

The board expressed appreciation for the work of the commandant’s search committee. That committee announced finalists earlier this month from more than 50 applicants for the position.

The board’s decision to delay the selection of a commandant is consistent with the process followed when Major General John Grinalds was named the 18th president of The Citadel in January of 1997. Even though Mace assumed the post of commandant nearly six months before Grinalds arrived on campus, the president participated in Mace’s selection.

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