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Citadel News Service
16 Dec 2010

The Citadel offers president new five-year contract

Board of Visitors calls Lt. Gen. Rosa an “ideal leader for challenging times”

The Citadel Board of Visitors unanimously voted today to extend Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa’s contract for five more years.

“Over the past five years, John Rosa has made significant accomplishments at The Citadel,” said Board of Visitors Chairman Doug Snyder. “And we are confident that he is precisely the leader we need to guide The Citadel through the challenging years ahead.”

Snyder said that under Rosa’s leadership The Citadel has experienced record enrollment and national recognition. “And we have a new, comprehensive strategic plan in place, the development of which was led by Gen. Rosa with wide participation from throughout The Citadel community,” Snyder said.

Calling the strategic plan “an ambitious plan for academic growth, leadership development and modernization,” Snyder said Rosa is “the ideal leader to make that plan a reality. He is strong, fair, and laser focused on The Citadel’s success. And his commitment to open, candid communications has already made The Citadel an even greater institution.”

Rosa’s base annual salary will remain the same at $325,000, of which $140,000 is paid by the state and $185,000 is paid through private donations from The Citadel Foundation. Rosa’s new contract includes the opportunity for deferred compensation upon the achievement of mutually-agreed-upon goals. That deferred compensation will also be paid through private contributions from the foundation.

“The bottom line is that The Citadel gets the continued leadership of a great president at no additional cost to the state or taxpayers,” Snyder said. “We are more optimistic than ever about our future.”

Rosa, 59, became the college's 19th president Jan. 3, 2006. A member of The Citadel Class of 1973, he returned to his alma mater after serving as the superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. A command pilot with more than 3,600 flying hours, Rosa was commissioned in the Air Force in 1973 after graduating from The Citadel with a B.S. in business administration. He holds a master's degree in public administration from Golden Gate University and has completed programs at Harvard, the U.S. Army War College, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the Air Command and Staff College.

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