The Citadel

The Military College of South Carolina


Charles O. Skipper, PhD, PE, PMP

Department Head
Engineering Leadership & Program Management
Colonel, United States Marine Corps (Ret)

Dr. Skipper is currently serving as The Chair of the Department of Engineering Leadership and Program Management (ELPM) in the School of Engineering (SOE) at The Citadel. He is also the Director of the SOE Graduate and Professional Studies program. He helped establish and continues to grow the Citadel’s innovative and PMI Global Accreditation Center (GAC) accredited Masters of Science in Project Management (MSPM).

Dr. Skipper served 28 years of active military service, achieving the Rank of Colonel, United States Marine Corps. During his military career he served in a variety of progressively responsible command and staff leadership positions in Engineering, Logistics, Research & Development, and Human Resources; with peacetime and combat experience. He served as a Commanding Officer twice at each of the ranks of Captain, Lieutenant Colonel, and Colonel. During Operation DESERT STORM he commanded the 8th Engineer Support Battalion. Upon completion of active military service, Dr. Skipper served in leadership positions at The South Carolina Department of Transportation, Johns Hopkins University, and The Medical University of South Carolina. Since joining The Citadel Faculty, Dr. Skipper has taught both Undergraduate and Graduate courses in Civil Engineering, Project Management, Engineering Management, and Leadership. He has authored over 20 journal articles, with a special interest in Leadership Development, Technical Project Management, and Emotional Intelligence.

Dr. Skipper earned his BS in Civil Engineering at The Citadel (1971), Masters in Civil Engineering at The University of South Carolina (1972), and PhD in Civil Engineering at Clemson University (2004). His dissertation was a study of the Leadership Behaviors of Top Performing Engineer Project Managers. He is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in The Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of South Carolina; and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) by The Project Management Institute (PMI).


Contact Information
Telephone: 843-953-9811
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Office: Grimsley 335
Office Hours: by appointment

Ph.D. in Civil Engineering - Clemson University, Clemson, SC
M.S. in Engineering - University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
B.S. in Civil Engineering - The Citadel, Charleston, SC

Vita: Dr. Skipper's Vita

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