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Citadel News Service

For Release
April 11, 2005
Updated April 14, 2005

Four finalists named for Commandant of Cadets 

           Gen. Harry Carter, chairman of the Commandant Search Committee, announced today that five finalists have been selected for Commandant of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. They are:

  • Col. Thomas M. Hall, U.S. Air Force retired, U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 1974. Last assignment: Chairman of the Department of Leadership and Ethics, Air War College.

  • Capt. Russel C. Keller, U.S. Navy, U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1979. Current position: Commanding officer, Naval Nuclear Power Training Command.

  • Col. James B. Roberts, U.S. Air Force Reserve, Citadel Class of 1974. Current position: Commander, 914th Airlift Wing, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Base.

  • Col. Gregory A. Stone, U.S. Army, U.S. Military Academy at West Point Class of 1976. Current: Chief of staff/deputy commandant U.S. Corps of Cadets, U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

           Interviews with the finalists will take place the week of April 11-15 and April 18-22.

           The search committee hopes to recommend a successor for Brig. Gen. Emory Mace by this summer. The committee's recommendation goes to the president of the college then to the Board of Visitors for approval.

           Mace announced in January that he would retire as commandant effective Aug. 1. He was appointed commandant in 1997, several months after The Citadel admitted its first class of women. As third in command at the college, Mace oversaw military training during a dramatic period of transition from an all-male to a coeducational Corps of Cadets.

           A member of Class of 1963, Mace is one of The Citadel's most highly decorated veterans. In 1999, his daughter Nancy Mace became The Citadel's first female graduate from the Corps. Since that time, 73 women have graduated from the cadet program and the current 1,900-member Corps of Cadets includes about 130 women.

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