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Office of the President

General Glenn Walters Citadel Portrait

Glenn M. Walters, '79
President, The Citadel

General Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Retired), Class of 1979, returned to his alma mater after serving 39 years as an officer in the Marines to become the 20th President of The Citadel in 2018. Prior to his arrival, he served as the 34th Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, the Corps’ second-highest ranking officer.

Gen Walters’ leadership remains focused on The Citadel’s mission to educate and develop principled leaders for the military, private enterprise, and public institutions. Gen Walters’ administration will oversee the largest capital improvement era of the college in decades and implement the next six-year strategic plan to continue the institution’s focus on academic excellence and leadership development.

As Assistant Commandant of the Marines, Gen 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. Among his other positions, Gen Walters served 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, Gen Walters was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. He attended flight training in Pensacola, Florida, and was designated a naval aviator in 1981. Gen 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 and was Commanding General of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing in Afghanistan.

Gen 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.

Gen Walters is joined by his wife of 24 years, Gail, a marketing and communications professional, who is delighted to serve in her 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
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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