The Citadel

The Military College of South Carolina

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The Board of Visitors of The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, invites nominations and applications for President of the College. After twelve years of distinguished service, the current President, Lt Gen John W. Rosa, USAF (Ret.), will retire 30 June 2018. As Chief Executive Officer, the President reports directly to the Board of Visitors and has the governing authority for the administration of the College and all its activities. The Citadel is a public college with an enrollment of 3,800 undergraduate and graduate students with an outstanding academic program, ranking consecutively as the #1 public college by U.S. News & World Report in its Carnegie category in the South for seven continuous years. Seven vice presidents, five academic schools, and a faculty and staff of approximately 660 provide academic and operational support for the President.

Founded in 1842, The Citadel’s historic campus is located on the Ashley River in Charleston, South Carolina, heart of an active and attractive metropolitan area of 750,000 on the Atlantic Coast. The Citadel is a coeducational, comprehensive, four-year institution with nationally accredited professional programs in engineering, business, and education, and operates with a budget of more than $147 million, along with endowments and a trust totaling approximately $307 million. Multiple rankings, along with the U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard, repeatedly rate The Citadel as a leader in higher education with academic programs that are nationally and internationally known for excellence.

The College fulfills its educational mission through two separate but complementary academic programs: (1) the South Carolina Corps of Cadets and (2) The Citadel Graduate College. The primary focus of The Citadel is the education and training of the Corps of Cadets, a residential body of approximately 2,300 young men and women—representing nearly every state and more than 20 countries—who live and learn in an honor-bound, structured, disciplined environment. The traditions and ceremonies of a classic military lifestyle designed to perpetuate the College’s high ideals and its emphasis on principled leadership serve to enhance the cadet academic programs. Throughout its history, the members of the Corps of Cadets have been educated to serve their communities, their state, and the nation. In addition to providing the traditional educational experience for the Corps, The Citadel’s educational mission includes approximately 1,500 degree-seeking, non-resident students enrolled in evening graduate and undergraduate studies, pursuing degrees in engineering, business, education, science and the humanities. The College also recently launched sought after programs in Nursing, Intelligence and Cybersecurity.

The Citadel’s primary mission is educating and preparing graduates to become principled leaders in all walks of life by instilling in them The Citadel’s core values of honor, duty and respect in a challenging intellectual environment. At The Citadel, ethics and leadership development form the foundation of every cadet’s education. The cornerstone of these efforts, the Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics, provides a framework for modeling and developing ethical, principled leaders for the 21st Century.

The Citadel seeks a President to build on its current success and lead the College into the future. The President of The Citadel must be an individual of impeccable integrity with broad experience and success as a leader in his or her field, and distinguished experience in a major military or civilian leadership position. Leadership experience in or with the delivery of education is preferred.

The President must appreciate The Citadel’s rich traditions and possess the ability to be innovative, open-minded, and a proven strategic thinker. The President must demonstrate a personal commitment to qualities of leadership and personal character that will inspire the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, The Citadel Graduate College, and The Citadel’s faculty and staff. The President will lead the College’s highly successful fundraising efforts and must work and communicate effectively with The Citadel family, its constituents, the General Assembly, and the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education; be a meaningful participant in the community of Charleston; and articulate a strategic and creative vision for public higher education that will sustain The Citadel’s tradition of academic excellence.

Applications will be accepted beginning 15 September 2017 and continue until the position is filled. The Board of Visitors anticipates naming the new President by April 2018. Submit confidential nominations, applications, and letters of interest to: Presidential Search Committee, MSC 25, The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC 29409-0108, or via email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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List of Qualifications Expected of Candidate

The Presidential Search Committee will recommend to the Board of Visitors a group of candidates who they believe can best lead The Citadel into the future. The President of The Citadel must possess these qualifications and characteristics:

  • Proven leader, team builder and administrator with impeccable integrity, broad experience and success as a leader in his or her field
  • Distinguished leadership experience in a major military or civilian leadership position/s of national prominence and a commitment to establishing and maintaining a complementary academic/military balance
  • Ability to articulate a strategic and creative vision for public higher education that will continue to advance The Citadel’s tradition of academic and military excellence
  • Servant leader with leadership values including respect, compassion, loyalty, honesty, empathy, humility, and authenticity
  • Gifted leader with leadership skills and personal character that inspires the Corps of Cadets, The Citadel Graduate College, The Citadel’s faculty and staff and alumni
  • Ability to lead fundraising efforts and garner support from civilian and government agencies while ensuring responsible, transparent, and strategic financial decisions
  • Appreciation and respect for The Citadel’s rich traditions and the proven ability to be innovative, open-minded, and strategic in thought
  • Role model with the ability to work and communicate effectively with The Citadel family, constituents, the General Assembly, and the Commission on Higher Education
  • Ability to be a meaningful participant in and enrich the College’s relationship with the leadership and community of Charleston and beyond
  • A strong desire and willingness to travel extensively to visit a nationwide network of alumni, garnering their support for and enhancing knowledge about our College and our strategic initiatives

The Citadel is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate against any individual, or group of individuals, on the basis of age, color, race, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, pregnancy, national origin, genetic information or veteran’s status in its employment practices. The Citadel has a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment. We encourage applications from minorities, females, individuals with disabilities and veterans.

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