Commandant at The Citadel announces plans to retire
Eight years after he returned to his alma mater to lead The Citadel's military program, Brigadier General Emory Mace has announced that he will retire as commandant. Saying he has accomplished what he came here to do, Mace told The Citadel Board of Visitors on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005, that he will step down from his post this summer.
Citadel's president, Major General John Grinalds, will appoint a search
committee next week to select a new commandant.
BG Mace was appointed commandant in 1997, several months after The Citadel admitted its first class of women. As third in command at the college, BG Mace oversaw military training during a dramatic period of transition from an all-male to a coeducational Corps of Cadets.
In 1999, his daughter Nancy Mace became The Citadel's first female graduate from the Corps. Since that time, 67 women have graduated from the cadet program and the current 2,000-member Corps includes about 130 women.
When he arrived as commandant, BG Mace announced plans to strengthen and improve military training that led to a number of changes including:
A member of Class of 1963, BG Mace is one of The Citadel's most highly decorated veterans.