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Pettit named among elite Distinguished Alumni of The Citadel

The Citadel Alumni Association has named Steve Pettit, Class of 1978, a Distinguished Citadel Alumnus. Pettit is the 142nd alumnus to be named to the list since the college was founded in 1842. He was elevated to the level of Distinguished Citadel Alumni after his election to the office of President for Bob Jones University by that college’s Board of Trustees in May, 2014.

Pettit graduated from The Citadel’s School of Business with a degree in business administration. He was named the fifth president of Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C. on May 8, 2014. He also holds an MA in pastoral studies from Bob Jones University Seminary and Graduate School of Religion.

Alumni who are nominated to be considered as a Distinguished Alumnus of The Citadel must meet strict criteria and also receive the unanimous vote of the Distinguished Citadel Alumni Election Committee in order to be selected for this prestigious honor.

“The Citadel Distinguished Alumni Committee adheres to established written criteria in conjunction with the requirement that all nine members, voting alone without consultation, reach the same conclusion for selection,” said Mike Rogers, director of the Citadel Alumni Association.

Some of the criteria for selection include exceptional achievement as a single act, or the cumulative effect of a series of significant acts over time, or a recognizable and prominent position of unique and great responsibility. Alumni who attain the position of general in U.S. military service, governor of a state, or president of a university, are automatically submitted as Distinguished.

Financial contributions to the college made by the nominated alumni are not considered, nor are honorary positions and titles.  “Each selectee is judged solely on the merit of his or her achievements and, most importantly, whether the core values of The Citadel have been exhibited by the selectee, especially ‘honor’,” Rogers continued.