Statement of Col. William E. Jenkinson III
Thank you, John.
I have mixed emotions at this time because I am deeply grateful for all that General Grinalds has accomplished as president and am sad to see him leave. I also recognize that this is the end of a chapter for The Citadel – a chapter that began in August of 1997 – and one that has a good ending.
I was a member of the Board of Visitors when John Grinalds arrived, and I can tell you that it was not an easy time. The Citadel was still struggling with the aftermath of the Faulkner litigation and we needed someone to take charge . . . to reassure parents, cadets and alumni . . . and provide the leadership necessary to re-focus everyone’s attention on The Citadel’s becoming the best coeducational military college in the country.
Clearly, Major General John Grinalds was the man for the moment.
Thanks to his tireless energy, wise leadership and high personal standards, General Grinalds has returned The Citadel to a point of robust health and vitality. On behalf of the Board of Visitors, I want to express our gratitude to him for his stellar leadership. I know that between now and August, General Grinalds will continue to make great things happen as he brings his tenure to a close.
The Board of Visitors will be meeting this afternoon to consider our next steps.
We know we have a big task ahead. But one of the many things I have learned as a Citadel graduate is every challenge also represents an opportunity. Our opportunity is to find a new president who exhibits the leadership and core values exemplified by the Krause Initiative in Leadership and Ethics.
Thanks to the leadership of John Grinalds, The Citadel is as strong as it has ever been. We must find the right person to build on these strengths.
The next president of The Citadel will be someone who can move us forward . . . particularly in the area of character development – an area that has been the heart and soul of the Grinalds’ administration.
We are proud of The Citadel as it stands today. And we are grateful to General Grinalds for his outstanding leadership.
As we face this transition, The Citadel Board of Visitors will be dedicated to continuing the momentum that General Grinalds has created.
In summary, I would like to say thank you to General Grinalds. Mission accomplished.