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Correspondence to Alumni

Board of Visitors Meeting
June 12-13, 2015

Lieutenant General John W. Rosa, USAF (Retired)
Class of 1973
President, The Citadel

Citadel Alumni,

This past weekend the Board of Visitors (BOV) held their quarterly meeting. There was a great deal of business accomplished, and I wanted to update you on some of the important items discussed.

The primary purpose of this meeting was to approve the 2015-2016 academic year budget. I am pleased to report that next year’s tuition and fees were kept at a reasonable level for our cadets and their families. “All-in” costs for upper-class cadets rose only 1.1 percent compared to last year, while tuition and fees for the Corps of Cadets will increase 2.4 percent for in-state cadets and 3.5 percent for out-of-state cadets. We work very hard to keep college affordable for cadets and their families. At the same time, however, we discussed the long-term financial planning necessary for The Citadel to remain the nation’s preeminent military college. We have an impressive financial team in place that provides the modeling and planning necessary to ensure the success of the college in these uncertain times for higher education. You can find more details about the budget at the following link:

We also spent a significant amount of time reviewing the LEAD (Leadership Excellence Academic Distinction) Plan 2018. We reviewed the progress we have made as we reached the midpoint of this ambitious six-year plan, and we charted a course for the way ahead. The refresh of the plan provided us the opportunity to gauge our progress and shift our focus where necessary to ensure we are on track to accomplish our goals. If you haven’t seen the LEAD 2018 plan, I encourage you to do two things: 1) read it – you can find it on our website at, and 2) look for an area you are interested in and consider supporting the accomplishment of the goal by the giving of your time and/or resources.

The provost, commandant and athletic director provided updates on the past year and their priorities for next year. All three are focused on our core mission of producing principled leaders. It’s great to see our leadership team working together to make our alma mater the most effective, efficient college it can be. There were challenges last year and there will be in the future, but I am confident we have the right team in place to address these challenges. At the same time, we are focused on the opportunities that lie ahead. There is a high demand for the values-based education we offer at The Citadel.

Finally, this was the last meeting led by BOV Chair LTG Mike Steele. For the past six years, Mike has provided unselfish and distinguished service to the college and this board that will have a great impact on the college for years to come. As the chair of the Strategic Planning Committee he was key to the successful development of the LEAD Plan 2018. Two years ago, he was elected to serve as the board chair. His tenure will be remembered as one that focused the BOV on strategic programs and issues that will result in the viability of The Citadel for many years to come. He has been a true friend whose leadership will be greatly missed. The good news is Mike has agreed to serve on The Citadel Foundation Board and the new BOV chair is Lt. Gen. John Sams, ’67. Like Mike, John is an alumni-elected member and a great leader with whom I look forward to serving.

This weekend confirmed we are on the right track, and we have the team in place to accomplish our goals. With the support and dedication of the BOV and the commitment to excellence of our faculty and staff, we are well prepared to begin next academic year. It is sure to be an exciting one for our alma mater!

Donna and I look forward to seeing you all around campus.

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