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Citadel News Service
12 Apr 2010

School of Business Administration 2010 Hall of Fame inductees

Back to Hall of Fame for Leaders of Principle news release

The Citadel School of Business Adminstration's Hall of Fame for Leaders of Principle honors men and women who have demonstrated substantial success in their professional lives and have made significant contributions to their communities. In addition, each recipient  is selected because he or she has lived a life consistent with The Citadel’s mission to educate and develop leaders of principle to serve a global community and has demonstrated the values of integrity, diversity, respect and professional and intellectual development for all.

The 2010 Hall of Fame Leaders of Principle are:

Gen. David H. Petraeus



Gen. David H. Petraeus

Army Gen. David H. Petraeus assumed command of the United States Central Command in October 2008, after serving for more than 19 months as the commanding general of the Multi-National Forces in Iraq. Prior to that, he commanded the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth. Before that assignment, he was the first commander of the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq, which he led from June 2004 to September 2005, and the NATO Training Mission-Iraq, which he commanded from October 2004 to September 2005. That deployment to Iraq followed his command of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), during which he led the “Screaming Eagles” in combat throughout the first year of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His command of the 101st followed a year deployed on Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia, where he was the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations of the NATO Stabilization Force and the Deputy Commander of the US Joint Interagency Counter-Terrorism Task Force-Bosnia. Prior to his tour in Bosnia, he spent two years at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, serving first as the Assistant Division Commander for Operations of the 82nd Airborne Division and then as the Chief of Staff of XVIII Airborne Corps. 

Petraeus was commissioned in the Infantry upon graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1974. He has held leadership positions in airborne, mechanized and air assault infantry units in Europe and the United States, including command of a battalion in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and a brigade in the 82nd Airborne Division. In addition, he has held a number of staff assignments: Aide to the Chief of Staff of the Army; battalion, brigade, and division operations officer; Military Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander - Europe; Chief of Operations of the United Nations Force in Haiti; and Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. 

Petraeus was the General George C. Marshall Award winner as the top graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Class of 1983. He subsequently earned MPA and Ph.D. degrees in international relations from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and he later served as an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the US Military Academy. He also completed a fellowship at Georgetown University.

Awards and decorations earned by Petraeus include two awards of the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, two awards of the Distinguished Service Medal, two awards of the Defense Superior Service Medal, four awards of the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal for valor, the State Department Distinguished Service Award, the NATO Meritorious Service Medal, the Gold Award of the Iraqi Order of the Date Palm, the French Légion d’Honneur, and the National Defense Cross of the Czech Republic.

He is a Master Parachutist and Air Assault and Ranger qualified. He has also earned the Combat Action Badge and French, British, and German Jump Wings. In 2005 he was recognized by the “U.S. News & World Report” as one of America’s 25 Best Leaders, and in 2007 he was named by “Time” magazine as one of the 100 most influential leaders of the year and one of four runners-up for Time Person of the Year. Most recently, he was selected by “Foreign Policy” magazine as one of the world’s top 100 public intellectuals and by “Esquire” magazine as one of the 75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century. 

James “Jimmy” J. Kerr, Sr.



James Kerr Sr.

James “Jimmy” J. Kerr, Sr. was awarded his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from The Citadel in 1965 and achieved Executive designation from NAHB as a result of successfully completing a course in Real Estate Investment and Management from the Wharton Business School in 1984. 

Kerr currently is the chairman and owner of Asset Management & Consulting Services. AMCS is an investment real estate and property management firm which manages a large residential apartment portfolio mainly in the Charleston region but also in Columbia and Greenville, SC as well as Florida. Kerr and AMCS own and/or control much of the portfolio they manage through various entities.

Kerr is actively involved in other business activities. He is a founding member and board member of Harbor National Bank in Charleston. In addition, he is involved in the operation of cellular tower land leases and is developing, with his brothers, a 115 acre mixed-use community on Johns Island, S.C. Kerr also is active in the local community by serving on several boards and supporting organizations such as the Star Gospel Mission and Our Lady of Mercy Outreach.

On a state level, Kerr has served on the board of the South Carolina Real Estate Center at the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. He was appointed by Gov. David Beasley to the South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority. Nationally, Kerr has been and is active in several organizations, having served as chairman of the Registered Apartment Manager Board and the National Association of Homebuilders board. Additionally, he has served as chairman and board member of Southeastern Affordable Housing Management Association and the National Affordable Housing Management Association. 

Kerr also supports The Citadel. He has served as president of the Charleston Area Citadel Club and is a life member of The Citadel Alumni Association, member of The Citadel Brigadier Club, chairman of The Citadel School of Business Administration Advisory Board and an advisor on the Catholic Chaplains Advisory Board on campus. In 2004 Kerr established the Kerr Family Scholarship with The Citadel Foundation.

Travis O. Rockey



Travis O. Rockey

Travis O. Rockey is the president and chief operating officer of Evening Post Publishing Co., a privately held information and communications company headquartered in Charleston, S.C.
Past professional experience includes Board of Directors and Committee Chair positions for state and national newspaper and television associations. In addition, he has given testimony before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee on various broadcast-related issues.

Community service includes: Board of Directors for College of Charleston Foundation, United Way and Charleston Regional Development Alliance. Additional non-profit volunteer service extends to Travis’ college fraternity, Delta Tau Delta, where he has chaired various committees, was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Delta Tau Delta Education Foundation and elected International Treasurer and Second Vice President of the 7,000 undergraduate men and 115,000 alumni. At The Citadel School of Business Administration, Travis has served as mentor to upper level business students for the last five years. 

Born in Detroit, Mich., Travis earned his B.S. degree in advertising from the University of Florida in 1973, an M.S. in Personnel and Industrial Relations from Winthrop University in 1979, and an M.S. in Telecommunications from Indiana University in 1987.

Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Distinguished Leadership

That Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Distinguished Leadership award recognizes exceptional young leaders age 30 to 50 who have been successful in business and have made noteworthy contributions to their communities.

The late Alvah H. Chapman, Citadel Class of 1942, was the retired president and chief executive officer of Knight-Ridder newspaper publishing company. After college, Chapman served in the Army Air Corps as a B-17 pilot with the 8th Air Force. He entered the newspaper business after World War II. Chapman was a distinguished civic leader in South Florida, where he lived. He had served for many years as chairman of the Governor's Commission on Homeless, chairman of the We Will Rebuild (a community program to rebuild Dade County, Fla., after Hurricane Andrew), and chairman of the Dade County Homeless Community Plan. Immediately prior to his passing in December 2008, Chapmas was chairman of the Community Partnership for Homeless Inc. He has an endowed chair in his name at The Citadel. 

The 2010 Alvah H. Chaptman Jr. Distinguished Leadership Award goes to:

Joseph M. “Joe” Salley



Joseph M Salley

Joseph M. “Joe” Salley is president and chief executive officer of Milliken & Co., which is headquartered in Spartanburg, S.C. and is one of the world's largest privately held textile and chemical companies. Milliken has been selected by “Ethisphere” Magazine as one of the “most ethical companies in the world” since the award was introduced in 2007 and has been included in “Fortune” magazine’s “best 100 companies to work for” five of the last seven years.

Salley has worked at Milliken & Co. for 15 years, holding a variety of positions. In 2008, he was appointed to his current position. After graduating from The Citadel with a B.S. in Chemistry, he attended Stanford University, where he earned an M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering.

Salley is chairman of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and also participates in the Palmetto Business Forum. He serves on the board of The Citadel Foundation and is a member of the Young Presidents Organization. He also serves on the Society of Chemical Industry Executive Committee. He was also selected as a member of the Class of 2006 Liberty Fellowship, the statewide leadership initiative sponsored by Liberty Corp., Wofford College, and The Aspen Institute to empower South Carolina's future leaders to be successful.

Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Distinguished Leadership award is Joseph M. Salley, president and chief executive officer of Milliken & Co. The Chapman award recognizes exceptional young leaders age 30 to 50 that have been successful in business and have made noteworthy contributions to their communities.Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Distinguished Leadership award is Joseph M. Salley, president and chief executive officer of Milliken & Co. The Chapman award recognizes exceptional young leaders age 30 to 50 that have been successful in business and have made noteworthy contributions to their communities.

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