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Office of the President

gen glenn walters

Glenn M. Walters, '79
Gen, USMC
President, The Citadel

General Glenn M. Walters, United States Marine Corps, Class of 1979, returned to his alma mater after serving 39 years as an officer in the Marines. Prior to his arrival, he served as the 34th Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, the Corps’ second-highest ranking officer.

As Assistant Commandant, Walters oversaw approximately 184,000 active duty and 38,000 reserve Marines and a $42 billion budget. His duties included representing the Marine Corps at the Department of Defense and leading decisions about defense policy and resourcing in alignment with the National Defense Strategy. His positions have included serving as Deputy Commandant for Programs and Resources; Commanding General of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing; Commander of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) in Helmand Province, Afghanistan; and Deputy Director of the Joint Staff J-8.

In 1979, upon graduating from The Citadel with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Walters was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. After initially serving as an infantry officer, he attended flight training in Pensacola, Florida, and was designated a naval aviator in 1981. Walters later trained and served as a test pilot and was instrumental in testing systems for the AH-1W Super Cobra Attack Helicopter. He also served as the first Commander of VMX-22, the initial squadron to field the MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft for operational testing. He deployed overseas on numerous occasions in the Pacific and Central Command theaters, including Korea, the Arabian Gulf and Afghanistan.

Walters’ military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with Star, the Air Medal, and numerous campaign and unit awards.

In April 2018, Walters was selected by The Citadel’s Board of Visitors as the 20th President of the college.

He is joined by his wife of 24 years, Gail, a marketing and communications professional, who is eager to embrace her new role as first lady of The Citadel.

( Past presidents. )

Lieutenant General John Sams, USAF (Retired), Class of
1967, assumed the role as The Citadel’s Interim President in
July 2018. He returned to his Alma Mater after a
distinguished career in the Air Force, industry, and service as
Chairman of The Citadel Board of Visitors.
Lt Gen Sams leverages his extensive leadership, military and
business experience, along with a lifelong association with
The Citadel to lead his Alma Mater as Interim President.
Since retiring from the Air Force in 1999 and the Boeing
Company in 2007, he has operated his own aerospace
consultancy firm, working with both the Air Force and
multiple corporations.
As a command pilot with over 6,000 flight hours and 32
years of active duty service, Lt Gen Sams career included
command at the Squadron and Wing levels, and he
concluded his career as Commander, 15th Air Force. He
accumulated over 6,000 flying hours, including 700 combat hours over Vietnam. He flew the B52,
B-1, C-7 and E-4 aircraft. Lt Gen Sams’ military awards include The Defense Superior Service
Medal, the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Lt Gen Sams’ graduated from The Citadel in 1967, and holds a master’s degree in personnel
management from Central Michigan University. He is a distinguished graduate of both the Air
Command and Staff College and the Air War College. Lt Gen Sams additionally graduated from
the Emory University Advanced Management Program and the Advanced School of
Government at Harvard University.
His involvement with The Citadel is extensive. Lt Gen Sams was honored as a Greater Issues
Speaker, and served six years on the governing Board of Visitors, the final two as Board Chair.
He is a life member of The Citadel Alumni Association, and founded the Scott Air Force Base
Citadel Club. With the entire Class of 1967, he was instrumental in the conception and
construction of The Citadel War Memorial, unveiled during Homecoming of his Class’ 50th
Reunion.
Lt Gen Sams and Suzanne, his wife of 49 years, reside in his hometown of Mount Pleasant,
South Carolina. They have three daughters and six grandchildren, including Matthew
Dickerson, The Citadel Class of 2016.
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