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Citadel News Service
15 Apr 2010

Army Gen. David H. Petraeus named Citadel Leader of Principle

Gen. Petraeus to meet with Corps of Cadets on April 15, 2010

Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the U.S. Central Command and former commanding general of the Multi-National Force in Iraq, will be inducted into The Citadel School of Business Administration Hall of Fame on Thursday, April 15, 2010. He is one of four distinguished leaders to be recognized during the invitation-only, black tie event.

The Hall of Fame honors principled leaders who have demonstrated substantial success in their professional lives and have made significant contributions to their communities. In addition, each recipient has lived a life consistent with The Citadel’s mission to educate and develop leaders of principle to serve a global community and demonstrates the values of integrity, diversity, respect and professional and intellectual development for all. 

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Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the U.S. Central Command.

“We are extremely pleased to be able to recognize General Petraeus for the principled leadership that he has demonstrated while serving his country,” said Ron Green, dean of the School of Business. “His contributions have been so important for all of us, especially the young men and women who have been called to serve during this time of war.”

Petraeus’ 36-year career in the military has been marked by outstanding achievements. He has held leadership positions in airborne, mechanized, and air assault infantry units in Europe and the United States, including command of a battalion in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and a brigade in the 82nd Airborne Division. In addition, he has held a number of staff assignments: aide to the Chief of Staff of the Army; battalion, brigade, and division operations officer; Military Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander - Europe; Chief of Operations of the United Nations Force in Haiti; and Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

A 1974 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Petraeus was recognized in 2005 by "U.S. News & World Report" as one of America’s 25 Best Leaders, and in 2007 he was named by "Time" magazine as one of the 100 most influential leaders of the year and one of four runners-up for "Time" Person of the Year. Most recently, he was selected by "Foreign Policy" magazine as one of the world’s top 100 public intellectuals and by "Esquire" magazine as one of the 75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century.

Petraeus will speak following his induction into the School of Business Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony and banquet are not open to the public.

Prior to the Hall of Fame banquet, Petraeus will speak to the South Carolina Corps of Cadets as part of The Citadel’s Greater Issues lecture series. That address begins at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 15. The Greater Issues address is free and open to the public, but seating is limited since the 2,100 members of the Corps of Cadets will be in attendance.

In addition to Petraeus, this year’s Leaders of Principle and Hall of Fame includes James J. Kerr Sr., chairman and owner of Asset Management and Consulting Services, and Travis O. Rockey, president and chief operating officer of Evening Post Publishing Co. Click here for more information about the Hall of Fame recipients.

“Principled leadership and service comes in a variety of forms as evidenced by the outstanding work of James Kerr and Travis Rockey, who are also being recognized at his event,” Green said.

Kerr, Citadel Class of 1965, has been involved in the banking and real estate investment in the Charleston area for many years. In addition to his property and real estate investment and management firm he is currently involved in the operation of cellular tower land leases and is developing, with his brothers, a 115 acre mixed-use community on Johns Island. In 2004 he established the Kerr Family Scholarship with The Citadel Foundation.

Rockey has been a mentor to undergraduate business majors at The Citadel for five years. In addition to the Evening Post Publishing Co., which produces The Post and Courier in Charleston, he has served on boards and committees state and national newspaper and television associations. He has testified before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee on various broadcast-related issues and is active on many community boards and non-profits.

Also being honored with this year’s Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Distinguished Leadership award is Joseph M. Salley, president and chief executive officer of Milliken & Co. The Chapman award recognizes exceptional young leaders age 30 to 50 that have been successful in business and have made noteworthy contributions to their communities.

Salley, a 1989 Citadel graduate, has been with Milliken, one of the world's largest privately held textile and chemical companies, in a variety of positions for 15 years. Milliken has been selected by Ethisphere Magazine as one of the “most ethical companies in the world” since the award was introduced in 2007 and has been selected by Fortune Magazine among its “best 100 companies to work for” five of the last seven years. He is chairman of the SouthCarolina Chamber of Commerce and serves on the board of The Citadel Foundation.

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